2021 Kia Forte in Moosic, PA

2021 Kia Forte blue in dark room head on shot

When it comes to the Kia Forte, many will assume it’s just another sedan, but this is far from the truth now. Over time, the Kia has played to the model’s strengths and built up an increasingly ideal compact car. It manages to stand on its own in a world where it competes with some of the best-selling car models of all time.

The Forte owes most of its success to its fuel economy, generous technology and interior features, and a bold exterior that sets it apart from the other compacts out there. The price has been right for a number of buyers too, making the Forte a prominent member of the current compact sedan list for 2021. The available features and specifications speak for themselves in the chart below.


Interior Features

Safety Technology

2.0L I4 Engine or 1.6L I4 Turbo Engine Sport Seats and Flat-Bottom Steering Wheel Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
Continuously Variable-Speed Automatic (CVT), 7-Speed Automatic, and 6-Speed Manual  Standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® Connectivity Blind-Spot Collision Warning
147 Horsepower (2.0L) or 201 Horsepower (Turbo) Wireless Charging Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
132 lb-ft of Torque (2.0L) or 195 lb-ft of Torque (Turbo) 8-Inch Touchscreen Infotainment System Brake Assist System

Model Analysis and Conclusion

The Kia Forte is a focused sedan designed to cater to the few who still prefer sedans over similarly sized SUVs. The 6 trims help mold the Forte into whatever level of feature-richness a driver prefers, as well as opening up the way to the more powerful engine with the GT and GT Manual trims. Popular trims will likely be the LXS and GT. Don’t overlook the EX, however, as its premium sound system, large wheels, and artificial leather are sure to impress anyone who doubted the Forte.

Trim Levels of the 2021 Kia Forte

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