2021 Kia Forte Trim Levels

2021 Kia Forte blue in dark room facing shot

Many of the same people who would have been more than satisfied to purchase a sedan years ago have fallen into the crossover craze instead. This has inspired automakers to work harder on making their sedans as appealing as possible, and this includes Kia. The 2021 Kia Forte is a fresh look at what a compact sedan can be. It comes in six trims, which is the perfect number considering the kind of options the sedan can have.

Although there are technically two engine options for the Forte, the upgraded engine is only included with the top two trims. The lower trims do benefit from a surprisingly efficient base engine in exchange, making low fuel costs that rival some hybrids. Like any compact sedan, the Forte is also a great fit for commuting, especially at the comfortable LXS trim or the generous EX trim. To help you pick the trim that’s right for you, refer to the table below, which names each trim and two highlights for each.



Trim Level

Highlight 1

Highlight 2

FE 8-Inch Touchscreen Display with Rear View Camera 2.0L 4-Cylinder Engine with 147 Horsepower
LXS Drive Mode Select Black Gloss Sport Bumper Accents
GT-Line Power Sunroof Blind-Spot Collision Warning
EX Harman/Kardon® Premium Audio System SOFINO Artificial Leather Seat Trim
GT 1.6L 4-Cylinder Turbo Engine with 201 Horsepower Sport Seats and 18-Inch Alloy Wheels
GT Manual 6-Speed Manual Transmission Wireless Phone Charger

Trim Level Analysis

Many Forte buyers will choose the Kia sedan over others because they want to save money at the pump and at signing. For that reason, it’s easy to assume the FE, with an undercutting price tag will sell well. The LXS also has a starting MSRP below $20,000 making it attractive for money savers that want a few more features as well. Despite having a turbocharged engine, the non-manual GT trim costs less than the feature-rich EX, making it another strong contender.

Other Features Available for the 2021 Kia Forte

  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • 10-Way Power-Adjustable Driver’s Seat with Power Lumbar Support
  • Sport-Tuned Suspension and Dual Exhaust
  • LED Headlights
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • And More!