2018 Kia Forte Review

2018 Red Kia Forte

If you’re looking for a fun and sporty compact sedan or hatchback to bring some excitement to your commutes, you’ll want to consider the Kia Forte. This little car delivers great fuel efficiency, fun driving dynamics, and plenty of space for your cargo and passengers. Our team at Andy Mohr Kia has put together this 2018 Kia Forte Review to share all of the details about this compact car, so you can decide if it would be a good fit for your drives around Avon, Indianapolis, and Plainfield.

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2018 Forte Power & Performance

The Forte sedan comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that makes 147 horsepower. For more power, opt up to the 2.0L 4-cylinder that makes 164 horsepower. When you opt for the Forte5 hatchback, you’ll also get the option of a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder that makes 201 horsepower.

A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with all engines, or you can choose a 6-speed automatic. The base engine with the automatic transmission achieves an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency rating of 29 city/38 highway MPG*.

Kia Forte Interior

The Forte comes in either a sedan or hatchback body style, both of which seat five on standard cloth upholstery. A 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat is also a standard feature, so it’s easy to find a comfortable driving position. For extra luxury, add features such as leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and a ventilated driver’s seat.

In the sedan, there’s 39.1 inches of front headroom and 42.2 inches of front legroom. The back seat has 37.3 inches of headroom and 35.9 inches of legroom. The trunk of the sedan measures 14.9 ft3.

The hatchback offers even more space, with 39.4 inches of front headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom in the front seats. The rear seats offer 38.7 inches of headroom and 35.9 inches of legroom. With all five seats in use, there’s 23.2 ft3 of cargo space in the trunk of the hatchback. You can also fold the 60/40-split rear seats forward to open a total of 56.4 ft3 of cargo capacity.

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Kia Forte Tech Specs

The 2018 Forte configurations come standard with Bluetooth® connectivity so you can access your phone’s music and contacts and make hands-free calls, plus you can keep your phone charged up with the standard USB port. You’ll get even more music and entertainment with standard satellite radio.

Plenty of additional options are available, including the UVO infotainment system which comes with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. This system has earned plenty of praise for being one of the most straightforward and easy to use on the market.

Test Drive the Kia Forte

Ready to get behind the wheel of this compact car and see how it performs on the streets of Avon, Indianapolis, and Plainfield?  Contact Andy Mohr Kia to schedule a test drive today!

Also, don’t forget to end the year on a high note! The Kia’s Light Up the Holidays sales event is on now. For a limited time, we’re offering special deals on some of our most popular models. It’s the perfect way to start the new year!


*EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

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