2021 Kia Forte

Original MSRP Range
$17,890 - $23,390
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
25 - 31 MPG City / 32 - 41 MPG Hwy
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2021 Kia Forte

What We Like

  • Quick steering
  • Good value
  • Great warranty
  • Standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Ventilated seats available in upper trims
  • Exciting turbocharged GT model

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.2/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.0/ 5
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Overview

How Much Does a 2021 Kia Forte Cost?

The 2021 Kia Forte compact sedan comes in FE, LXS, GT Line, EX, and GT trim levels. FE ($18,855) is the base model but offers several standard features, including an array of driver assistance safety technology. This includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking and driver attention monitoring. The FE also has 15-inch steel wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, rear A/C vents, cloth upholstery, power windows/locks, steering wheel with height/reach adjustment, Bluetooth, 8.0-in infotainment screen, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, and a 4-speaker audio system. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard at this FE level. The CVT in other trims is a $900 option here. LXS ($19,755) adds the CVT as standard, plus selectable driving modes, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. This model also has some additional styling elements such as a chrome exhaust tip, gloss black bumper and grille accents, and soft-touch plastics in the cabin. GT Line ($21,455) brings a sporty appearance inspired by the higher-performance GT model, rear spoiler, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, LED daytime running lights/taillights, heated side mirrors, keyless entry/ignition, sport seats, leather-wrapped/flat-bottomed steering wheel and leather-wrapped shifter (both with contrast stitching), perimeter approach lighting, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assistance, and a   6-speaker audio system. GT Line is eligible for a Premium package ($1,700) that adds a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, powered sunroof, dual illuminated vanity mirrors, LED interior lighting, satellite radio, two USB ports, wireless charging, and a 320-watt/8-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The well-appointed EX ($24,055) has that 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, simulated leather upholstery, heated/ventilated front seats, two USB ports, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and some chrome exterior details. The Forte GT ($23,655) boosts performance with the turbocharged engine and a standard dual-clutch automated transmission. The optional 6-speed manual transmission costs $600. Other performance upgrades include a sport-tuned fully independent front and rear suspension, larger front brake discs, and thicker anti-roll bars. The GT shares a sporty appearance package with the GT Line trim, adding a high-flow active dual-exit exhaust with chrome finishers, self-leveling LED headlights, automatic high beams, red stitching for the flat-bottomed steering wheel and sport seats, ambient cabin lighting, and GT-specific 18-in alloy wheels with a 2-tone finish. The GT doesn’t necessarily build on everything in the EX, however. For example, it reverts to air conditioning. The sunroof is optional in the GT, along with the simulated leather upholstery, power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated/ventilated front seats, and a few other details. One specific option for the GT is a pedestrian detection function for the forward collision mitigation system. Spend $2,000 for the GT model’s GT2 package (only eligible with the automatic transmission) to gain the Harman Kardon premium audio, powered sunroof, adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, rear parking sensors, heated/ventilated front seats, power-adjustable driver’s seat, wireless charging, LED interior lighting, and a 4.2-inch color driver information display.

Forte Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Forte EX IVT$23,090 / $22,0504 Cylinder14729 / 40Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte FE IVT$18,790 / $18,1334 Cylinder14731 / 416-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte FE Manual$17,890 / $17,2634 Cylinder147N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte GT DCT$22,790 / $21,7654 Cylinder Turbo20127 / 356-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte GT Manual$23,390 / $22,3384 Cylinder Turbo201N/A6-Speed Manual / Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte GT-Line IVT$20,490 / $19,5674 Cylinder14729 / 40Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Forte LXS IVT$19,390 / $18,7124 Cylinder14729 / 40Continuously Variable AutomaticFWD
Kia Forte Safety

Is the 2021 Kia Forte a Safe Car?

Every new Forte comes with standard driver assistance features such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assistance, and driver attention monitoring. Adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert are accessed higher up the trim level ladder. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Forte an overall score of four stars out of a possible five. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) made the Forte a Top Safety Pick when the LED headlights and all the front crash prevention features are included.
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5 Year Cost to Own

$30,196 ($0.40 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own
Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic5 Years/60,000 Miles
Drivetrain10 Years/100,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/100,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance5 Years/60,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning

Competition

2021 Kia Forte vs the competition

2021 Hyundai Elantra — As the Forte’s corporate cousin, the Elantra’s engine choices are similar, including the turbocharged unit. 2021 Toyota Corolla — This generation of Toyota Corolla was all-new last year. It has many standard active safety features, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The range also includes an affordable hybrid variant that averages 52 mpg. 2021 Honda Civic Honda durability and resale values are enticing, as are the Civic’s advantages in terms of power, acceleration, and fuel economy. The Civic also offers sporty coupe and practical hatchback body styles. 2021 Kia Soul — The Kia Soul brings hatchback practicality and a generous helping of character. It has the same powertrain choices as the Forte, but not the turbo engine/manual transmission combination.

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