The New 2019 Kia Forte is built off an all new structure. It's bigger, has a host of new technologies, more efficient and has a list of standard features that should suit all compact car buyers. It also introduces an all new in house built IVT, Intelligent variable transmission.

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    • Grieg Ragen
      Grieg Ragen

      No Heated Steering Wheel in US unless top trim. Same with no heated and cooled seats. I don't like that red either. Looks like the Tesla S red. Should be sharper and deeper. I have the White with Black S version and really like it. You are right about the handling and acceleration. I have no trouble getting on the highway or passing.

      about 3 days ago
    • Donovan Hoover
      Donovan Hoover

      Not all of the 2019 fortes have heated steering wheels

      about 11 days ago
    • Street Rider
      Street Rider

      needs a turbo......no joke.....get the 1.6Turbo from the hyundai tucson and drop it in!

      about 28 days ago
    • Digby Dooright
      Digby Dooright

      Can u guys give me a ride to school??

      about 1 month ago
    • Michael Cline
      Michael Cline

      these cvt transmission with fake gears are just stupid. the whole point of cvts is to get better fuel economy. now you lose the benefit of better mpg but still have to deal with the likelihood of worse reliability long-term.

      about 1 month ago
    • Vic and Carol Bode
      Vic and Carol Bode

      I'm looking at the Kia Forte because it's still available with a standard transmission. It's becoming depressingly rare but I prefer it to automatic. Fun to drive and a great deterrent to car thieves!

      about 1 month ago
    • S. D. H.
      S. D. H.

      I like that this car is port-injected instead of being direct-injected, so no carbon deposit issues - but has KIA finally fixed all the failed engine problems that they were having?

      about 1 month ago
    • NIN10DOXD
      NIN10DOXD In reply to S. D. H.

      That was a problem with debris that ended in 2015 as far as I'm aware.

      about 19 days ago
    • rollym196811
      rollym196811

      Cvt means stay away from this car just ,like a contagious disease. Cvt are proven very unreliable. Hyundai still using regular automatic transmission. I bought mine 2019 Elantra and still automatic transmission.

      about 1 month ago
    • RUHappyATM
      RUHappyATM

      Is it really more fuel efficient than the out-going model?
      The specs suggest the previous model drinks less fuel.

      about 2 months ago
    • PeTeR S
      PeTeR S

      bought a 2018 forte love it

      about 2 months ago
    • RUHappyATM
      RUHappyATM In reply to PeTeR S

      The auto seems to hold onto a gear a touch too long.
      What do you think?

      about 2 months ago
    • B Robertson
      B Robertson

      Very good value and looks good as well . KiA's newer cars are very impressive and offer lots for the money . Rank very high in quality and reliability too :-) ..

      about 3 months ago
    • c71chung
      c71chung

      It ticks all the boxes except suspension. I would like to have multi link.

      about 3 months ago
    • Richard Wang
      Richard Wang

      Verdict? Kia Forte has no competition?

      about 3 months ago
    • khakuda
      khakuda

      Renting this car right now for a month, about 2 weeks in. No complaints. Highway mileage average over 15 miles today was 55mpg. Amazing if true.

      about 3 months ago
    • RUHappyATM
      RUHappyATM In reply to khakuda

      Really?
      My last year model (Cerato) seems to drink more on highway speed of 110kph.
      7.8L/100kms (highway) versus 6.9L/100kms on mixed driving.
      What gives?

      about 2 months ago
    • MysticalStyle
      MysticalStyle In reply to khakuda

      lol so everything you said was a lie?

      about 3 months ago
    • OutKast
      OutKast

      Lol the reviewers shit on Québécois for buying the base model......it’s a car. Still gets you from point A to point B and less bells and whistles means less shit than can break and less money spent on repairs. The CVT being a prime example. Quebecois are more Euro in their approach to these sorts of things, they seem to prefer smaller, more efficient, simpler cars with manual transmissions. The rest of Canada seems to emulate the US (and I say this as an American). They want their cars big and ridiculous, with a bunch of unnecessary stupid shit.

      What need does a push button start or even heating steering wheel provide? You can turn the key and keep your gloves on until the car heats up. And don’t get me started on the lane departure warning stuff. How about YOU PAY ATTENTION AND FUCKING DRIVE.

      All this extra crap is nothing more than a way for automakers to justify jacking up the price, not to mention adding new shit to break (and thus repair). All the while making drivers less engaged and basically asleep at the wheel. Smh

      about 5 months ago
    • Grieg Ragen
      Grieg Ragen In reply to OutKast

      I agree with lane assist, front crash avoidance, apple car play etc. (I don't use my phone when I drive/hang up and drive) way too much junk to repair when it breaks and you know it will. I have a new Forte S and pray the CVT lasts but it has a lifetime powertrain warranty from the dealer.

      about 3 months ago
    • Berni Beckmann
      Berni Beckmann

      Does the base model have a flat TV on the dash too?

      about 6 months ago
    • Bobby Crypto
      Bobby Crypto

      The Borrego had a V8 and the K900 has a v8, so Kia had a V8 since 2009.

      about 6 months ago
    • mac daddy
      mac daddy

      My 2016 Forte had lots of issues. Paint chipped off in the strangest places (the top of the hood and trunk.) The rear window rattled a lot on cold days, the car pulled to one side on most roads, the front tires kept getting sidewall bubbles and the transmission developed a slow leak and my warranty claim was denied on each instance. They said the paint was not a defect, rather it was an 'effect' of my driving style. The rear window rattle was 'normal' for a car in that price point. The car pulling to one side was 'road crown' again..normal. The sidewall bubbles was the fault of the road. The transmission leak was 'sweating' and was told to 'keep an eye on it'. Had to get rid of it after a year because it just kept getting worse and worse. Got a Subaru and not one single issue.

      about 6 months ago
    • knox2613
      knox2613 In reply to mac daddy

      mac daddy Well this is not good to hear

      about 1 month ago
    • JJ Stuart on Writing
      JJ Stuart on Writing

      I bought a 2018 Kia Forte and the car still blows me away. Styling, convenience, and performance. Yes, I said performance. With the automatic shift modes (eco, normal, sport) and can drive gas sipping 5.8L/100km or have the engine rev high in sport if the music strikes me. Heated seats and steering wheel, apple car play, and perfect suspension, not too soft or too rigid. If this car lasts, I'll be back in 7 years for another.

      about 6 months ago
    • RUHappyATM
      RUHappyATM In reply to JJ Stuart on Writing

      How do you manage 5.8?
      Mixed driving gives me 6.9L/100kms.

      about 2 months ago
    • PinkasBrown44
      PinkasBrown44

      Forte aka Cerato ?

      about 6 months ago
    • Cosmo Ray
      Cosmo Ray

      " Sweet and Sour "...LOL.
      Love it. Great review.

      about 7 months ago
    • Jacky Ha
      Jacky Ha

      Got myself a used 2017 Kia forte, I can't go back to automatic. Traffic sucks in LA but enjoying learning manual

      about 7 months ago
    • John Donnelly
      John Donnelly

      You may get some flak from Quebecers about your generalizations about their cheap car buying habits, otherwise great review.

      about 7 months ago
    • Shawn Lee
      Shawn Lee In reply to John Donnelly

      Nothing wrong with not wasting money on non essential features and saving money for more important things.

      about 1 month ago
    • Carlos Jesús Yáñez Serna
      Carlos Jesús Yáñez Serna

      It won’t only compete, I think it will surpass both of them!

      about 7 months ago
    • Edward Reyez
      Edward Reyez

      When Civic uses CVT, no issue.. when other carmaker uses CVT.. everybody dont like it.. people are brand concious

      about 7 months ago
    • Serge Whatever
      Serge Whatever

      Getting an after market radio for that car will be practically impossible, the same for the Mazda 3.  I always change the radio and speakers in a new car because the originals are so bad.   And I must add that this car has a torsion bar instead of an independent suspension on four wheels.

      about 7 months ago
    • Serge Whatever
      Serge Whatever In reply to Serge Whatever

      Sales are down because car audio systems are better than a decade or two ago.  Now they come with Blue Tooth, GPS, Apple Car Play and so on, but most have terrible sounds.  Many will offer Infinity or Bose systems but they're expensive and not always acceptable to many.  Installing an after market sound system of my choice with an amp. and subwoofer really makes my day.

      about 7 months ago
    • Everyday Reviews
      Everyday Reviews In reply to Serge Whatever

      I remember the days of DIN or double DIN size. It used to be so simple. Everything is integrated nowadays. I’m wondering if aftermarket sales have dropped a lot in the last couple of decades.

      about 7 months ago
    • Serge Whatever
      Serge Whatever In reply to Serge Whatever

      Who can afford a Lincoln Navigator, lol.  But I agree, it's true on some high end cars.

      about 7 months ago
    • Everyday Reviews
      Everyday Reviews In reply to Serge Whatever

      I hear ya about aftermarket fittings. There are some stock systems that are pretty good though. Depends what you’re looking for and how much you want to pay. Was just in the new Lincoln Navigators and their Revel system is absolutely killer.

      about 7 months ago
    • Neil Richardet
      Neil Richardet

      The styling of this Kia Forte is so much better than the Honda Civic and these reviewers are raving about the Forte's CVT - nobody's raving about the Civic's CVT. Huum - The Civic's Turbo will be a problem with age whereas the Forte is a conventional engine. Just one negative - they rave about a keyless start - if this has a problem and it's out of warrantee - you'll need to  float a loan with your banker. Keyless ignition has no benefits to the consumer but plenty of liabilities.

      about 7 months ago
    • RUHappyATM
      RUHappyATM In reply to Neil Richardet

      +jagsfanrick , yes I did.
      So why comment on the reliability of a used car when we are comparing new cars?
      Its like saying that Hyundai cars back in the 80's are cheap but "terrible", so I wouldn't buy Hyundai car in 2019!

      about 2 months ago
    • jagsfanrick
      jagsfanrick In reply to Neil Richardet

      +RUHappyATM did you read? My car is 12 years old.

      about 2 months ago
    • RUHappyATM
      RUHappyATM In reply to Neil Richardet

      +jagsfanrick, yes, but do you have a late model Civic?

      about 2 months ago
    • jagsfanrick
      jagsfanrick In reply to Neil Richardet

      +nino nikki I got a 2006 Civic that has zero engine issues. Only issue with Honda is they are boring. The Camry looks great but the interior is not to my liking. I really like the interior of the Kia from what i have seen though.

      about 2 months ago
    • nino nikki
      nino nikki In reply to Neil Richardet

      Civics have engine problems.

      about 7 months ago
    • PajamaPantsMan
      PajamaPantsMan

      don't understand the love for push button start. I still appreciate the key in ignition, and also a physical parking break.

      about 7 months ago
    • PajamaPantsMan
      PajamaPantsMan In reply to PajamaPantsMan

      +Everyday Reviews I have not had a car with keyless ignition before. I have driven in few. I would not say it was exactly life changing for me. I am usually not with the majority of people on a lot of things though. I like physical things and less tech. But I can see your point. It's a nice easy convenience to not spend time fiddling with keys.

      about 7 months ago
    • Everyday Reviews
      Everyday Reviews In reply to PajamaPantsMan

      Have you had a car with keyless start? My last 4 vehicles have had them and I can’t go back. I’m keyless for house, car etc. No jingling keychains. So liberating. I also have an Acura without it and it drives me nuts. I could take it leave an electric parking brake but it’s nice if you use brake hold in traffic.

      about 7 months ago
    • uh huh
      uh huh

      I love my 2010 KIA Forte...KIA will be my top of my list when looking for a new vehicle..

      about 7 months ago
    • Husker Nation
      Husker Nation

      With the advent of the new ICVT (iVt?), I think they'll be rolling that out to the rest of their offerings to get better gas mileage, which Kia needs to improve on to be more competitive. Forte tends to be, imho, the first platform to get a new system to experiment to see how it works out. Can't wait till this rolls out to the Optima and Soul lineup. I don't think it wouod be offered on the Stinger or K900 however. Current owner of a 2012 Kia Optima Hybrid and love it.

      about 7 months ago