The 2021 Kia Forte compact sedan comes in FE, LXS, GT Line, EX, and GT trim levels.
($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.
($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.
($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
($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
($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.