What’s New on the 2021 Kia Forte?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Forte on Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 at 6:46 pm
2021 Kia Forte GT Blue head on shot in dark garage

If you ever assumed the Kia Forte was a second-class compact sedan, the 2021 model year is here to prove you wrong. Kia made sure that this car wouldn’t fade away into obscurity. The bold tiger-nose grille, contouring lines, and sharp headlights make sure the Forte stands out from the crowd. Find out what other features make the 2021 Kia Forte a model to remember by reading the rest of this post.

What Kind of Engine Options Are Available on the 2021 Kia Forte?

The heart of the 2021 Kia Forte comes in two forms. They are as follows:

Base Model Engine

  • 2.0L Displacement
  • 4 Cylinders
  • 147 Horsepower
  • 132 lb-ft of Torque

Turbo Engine

  • 1.6L Displacement
  • 4 Cylinders
  • Turbocharged
  • 201 Horsepower
  • 195 lb-ft of Torque

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What Kind of Transmissions Does the 2021 Kia Forte Have?

The base model engine can be paired with either the standard Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or a 6-speed manual transmission. The Turbo engine can use the same 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed automated manual transmission. If you prefer the driving manual, you do have a choice. A lot of driving enthusiasts will be fine with anything that isn’t a CVT, so if that sounds like you, go for the GT or FE manual trims.

2021 Kia Forte close up on wheel in rain silver paint
2021 Kia Forte interior close up on center of dashboard and infotainment screen
2021 Kia Forte interior boards laid over folded rear seats

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What Trim Levels of the 2021 Kia Forte are Available?

There are a total of five trims for the Forte. Almost all can use all the color options, but the GT-Line has an exclusive orange exterior paint color. The FE, as the base model, is limited to only three colors. All the trims are listed below with the top three trims on the left, and the lowest three trims on the right. Almost everything about the GT and GT Manual trims is the same except for the transmission.

  • Kia Forte GT Manual
  • Kia Forte GT
  • Kia Forte EX
  • Kia Forte GT-Line
  • Kia Forte LXS
  • Kia Forte FE

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