2016 Kia Forte WARNING REVIEWS

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Starting at
$21,690
Engine
1.6L inline4

Power
201 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
22/30
Seats
5

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2016 Kia Forte Overview

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With exceptional design and plenty of available upscale features, the 2016 Kia Forte will likely exceed your expectations for an affordable compact car. The 2016 Forte has an expansive-feeling cabin and a powerful optional engine. On the other hand, the 2016 Kia Forte's ride can sometimes be rough, and we wish it had better crash-test scores.

Kia redesigned the Forte in 2014, and the results were impressive. Here's a car in any of its three iterations -- sedan, hatchback or coupe -- that offers a fair price, peppy acceleration, generous standard features and a comfortable cabin with quality materials. Regardless of which body style you prefer, you'll likely find the Forte to be one of the most attractive cars in its segment. The 2016 Kia Forte keeps that ball rolling with nothing but mild tweaks to trim levels and packages. We're particularly impressed with the level of standard and available equipment. The base LX trim level offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard, while traditionally high-end options such as xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, and selectable steering assist are available. Even a ventilated driver seat and heated rear seats are on the Forte's option sheet. The 2016 Kia Forte is one of our top recommended sedans. There are three different engines for the 2016 Kia Forte, two of which offer competitive power and acceleration. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes the Forte one of the quickest cars in the segment, while an even stronger, turbocharged 1.6-liter four is available on SX versions of the coupe and hatchback. For those who place economy above excitement, however, none of the Forte powertrains offers exceptional fuel efficiency. There are plenty of excellent choices for a compact car this year. The Mazda 3 is a class leader thanks to its sophisticated blend of comfort, athleticism and impressive real-world fuel economy. Also notable are the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Golf or Jetta. All are well-rounded and come with competitive levels of refinement and comfort. But with its roomy interior, upscale features, strong engine lineup and sharp styling, the 2016 Kia Forte remains a very credible choice when you're shopping for an affordable sedan, coupe or hatchback. The One to Buy You'll be saving money simply by choosing the Forte over its competition. We recommend spending a little more to get the Forte EX with Premium package solely for the 7-inch touchscreen, which features an infotainment system that is one of the best in the segment.

Compact cars aren't usually known for being chock full of the latest and greatest toys, but if you take a closer look at the 2016 Kia Forte, you'll quickly find out that it's got a lot to offer. Plus, you can get the Forte as a sedan, hatchback or coupe, so it can satisfy a variety of different needs. Find out why the Forte is one of our favorite compact cars.

The 2016 Kia Forte receives just minor revisions to standard and optional feature availability. Most notably, the base LX trim is now offered on the Forte hatchback as well as the sedan.



2016 Kia Forte Problems




2016 Kia Forte Reviews From Owners (26 Reviews)

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By David Mccorkle

on Jul/11/16 01:42 PM (UTC)

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Great deal

Great!

By Brad Steele

on Jun/11/16 12:02 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Go for ride

Great car and fun to drive!

By Carolyn

on Apr/24/16 10:01 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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2016 Forte

Put on comfortable shoes, take your umbrella, and take your time and enjoy your shopping.

By Kiacustomer

on Mar/31/16 10:07 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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By Captain Dave

on Feb/03/17 10:03 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Outstanding Car

I got a fantastic price of $12,999 + tax plus 0.9% financing on the LX manual. I purposely got the bare-bones LX with zero options. This way I could add the equipment/brands I wanted ala carte without paying manufacturer priced packages with unwanted options. Major upgrades were: 17" wheels and tires $1300, LED daytime running lights w/fog lights $265, rear lip spoiler $106, waterproof floor and trunk mats $108, neoprene front seat covers $239, mud flaps $46, wireless back up camera $35, stick on LED map lights $4. With tax et al my in-the-garage cost was $16,206. With the 17" tires the car handles as if on rails, brakes like a demon and the black 5-spoke rims on the pearl white car look incredible. That is under the MSRP and includes the sales tax! The 6-speed manual has short throws, is crisp and a joy to run through. Care must be taken going down from 6th to 5th as if you are lazy you can find 3rd by accident. I have also increased fuel economy and performance by switching to full synthetic oil and a K&N air filter. I live rural and average 40 MPG and sometimes more. As for infotainment the stereo is fine and a smart phone or tablet interface so that is redundant $thousands$. I also find 'driver aids' an excuse to pay poor attention to driving and another unnecessary expense. A manual gearbox guarantees full involvement and enjoyment plus extracts as much from the engine as you need. I anticipate this car for 10-15 years.

By Dan Faes

on Dec/05/16 08:43 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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UNSEEN!!!

CAR IS GREAT ON PAPER...BUT THAT'S ABOUT IT. REAL WORLD DRIVING IS A SAD LET DOWN!!!!

By Joe Shary

on Nov/10/16 08:33 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Downsize for a reason.

I wanted a coupe as I live alone and don't need a lot of car roominess. Sold a money draining 2012 BMW M3 (extremely poor fuel mileage and California prices for fuel along with Nevada Dealership mechanics not able to routinely repair problems while under warranty along with $900/yr license tags). As of now I made a great move. Car performs as expected and being over 70 yrs. old is just what is needed - economical transportation.

By Leland Lesher

on Feb/26/16 09:43 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Good Not Excellent Car

The 6 speed manual transmission is geared MUCH too close together. In town I shift from 1st to 3rd to 5th and run in 5th from 30-45 MPH. They could do without 2nd and 4th gears and raise the ratio of 6th and make a nice 4 speed transmission. Might be great in Korea or other countries where one never drives above 55 MPH. I would hate this car in Germany because I would be maxing out engine RPMs in 6th gear on the Autobahn. 6th gear should have the engine running about 2,000 RPMs at 70 MPH which would make the fuel economy excellent instead of just good. Interior is NOISY, even without my hearing aids. I don't know if it is the NEXEN stock tires or just the engine noise. I will know better after I change out the tires to Good Years or some other US manufactured "quiet" tire.

By Bam

on Nov/01/16 11:17 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Forte5 EX or SX is the way to go

If you are interested in a Forte, get the hatchback. As far as looks, space,quickness in and out of traffic, and easy to work on, this is really the best hatch you can get. I thought I would never buy a Kia. Reminds me of Honda circa 1986. The only things I can nitpick on is handling is so so around curves, and stock speakers in the EX are horrible. Ride comfort is neither great or terrible. I drove out of the dealership under $20k for everything. Very satisfied.

By Katie

on Oct/25/16 07:36 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Pretty good bang for your buck

I was in the market for a used car but ended up purchasing the Kia Forte new because of the rebates. I have never liked hatchbacks but this body type fits my current needs and looks better than most in my opinion. This car is comfortable to drive and even the base model is a great upgrade from what I was in. I was really impressed with the warranty offered with this vehicle.

By Theresa Erkila

on Apr/30/16 09:12 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Love my new Forte

If you are looking for a great affordable car go and check out Cowboy Kia in Conroe Texas! They made sure I got the vehicle I wanted in the color I wanted and the price I wanted. The sales team and finance department were fantastic and made sure I was comfortable during the entire process. Everyone was very nice. As I have only had my Forte for a little over a week I can't comment on service because I haven't needed any. I love the interior and it handles nicely! Everything about it is great! I would recommend getting a Kia to all. Very affordable and plenty of extras for the price. Great on gas too. I am really looking forward to my trip to Louisville Kentucky next week. Derby Time!!

By Tina Martinez

on Mar/02/16 01:22 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Riding in style

my experience at Kia was enjoyable all the way around. Charles at the Kia store in Conroe was phenomenal he went out of his way to put me into the car of my dreams I am completely satisfied with all aspects off service that was provided to me. As far as the car it drives smooth hugging the road at every turn. I love the rearview camera that show me what is behind my car while backing up, I get great gas mileage which is another plus . Overall this is a great car and I would recommend all to head over to KIA in Conroe and let Charles put you into the car of your dreams.

By Pablo Danek

on Nov/28/16 02:43 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Great Daily Driver but no GTI

I leased this car as an experiment-- I have never owned a Kia before. I know they had made huge strides in design and engineering but wanted to see how far. I love sporty hatchbacks with manual transmissions and I really found the design appealing. I shopped the Mazda 3 (clunky navigation design and wheezy engine), GTI (far more expensive, and reliability concerns) and Ford Focus (don't like the interior or rear-end styling, also huge turning radius) but ended up getting the Kia. Why? For one, it is a rare car-- I've had my car a year and still haven't seen another on the road. Second, I really like the styling. Third, you just can't beat all the content like heated and cooled seats, LED lights, dual-zone climate control, and heated steering wheel. The interior is also very, very nice-- Looks and feels way more expensive than it is. I also was confident I knew about the car's shortcomings-- Abysmal mileage for a 4-cylinder, not quite as refined ride and handling as the big dogs like Focus and GTI, and not quite as fast. But I wanted a nice, clean, fun, reliable daily driver and that's just what I got. Any things that bug me? Not really, but there are a few ways the car could be better. First, I mentioned the mileage. The engine is clearly a little small for this car-- Even when I don't drive it hard (which is rare) mileage is still in the high twenties at best. Second, the suspension along with the 18-inch tires makes for a bit of a hard ride around town. That's about all I can complain about, otherwise I really like the car.

By Nick F

on Oct/31/16 09:21 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Would not wish this thing on my worst enemies

I would advise anyone looking to get a 2016 Kia Forte Ex steer clear. The transmission is very hesitant, especially on the freeway. The car rattled until on the fourth repair attempt they finally fixed the issue. The car is a nightmare for anyone who has an interest in cars. The engine makes pretty good power but it does not start to really get moving until around 5000 RPM. The transmission is always in the wrong gear. Eco mode just means the throttle will not respond almost at all. When cornering the traction control system tries to intervene and does a horrible job at that (even when the system is turned off it still tries to work.) The brakes overheat and fade pretty quickly in a stop and go higher speed situations. The drivers seat is extremely uncomfortable and lacks support. The plastics look cheap and feel the same way. I have had two bad tires because the stock tires went bad when in both cases a small rock on the road hit the sidewall of the tires. I am very upset and honestly will never own another car from Kia. I would suggest anyone to look at other upscale CPO cars instead of this one. I am not going to bother trying to fix anymore of these issue because at the end of the day it is not worth wasting my time. I honestly have stopped caring about my car. I used to wax it and wash it all the time but with all the problems I have had it doesn't seem like it is worth the care I would normally give to a car.

By Tony B.

on Apr/06/16 06:22 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Love it!

Have had it for over a week now and love it! Absolute value for the price. Looks stunning and handles well! Definitely recommend.

By Joshua Evans

on Mar/06/16 07:17 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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LOVE MY NEW 2016 FORTE LX

I bought my 2p16 forte lx after driving my mom's car she had just purchased. I cruised in ir a few times and two weeks later I went and bought mine...only she has the AT am I have a manual.

LOVE DRIVING THIS CAR!!! I TURNED THE ECO OFF AND ZOOM I'M OFF AND RUNNING!! I would recommend this car to anyone who wants comfort and style without breaking the bank!

By Rich Shinnick

on Jul/16/16 12:43 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Forte Fan

I really enjoy driving my Forte. My kids like it when I open the doors and the mirrors automatically go into position. It roomy and hugs every corner. It has a nice size engine with very good gas mileage. I have nav, heated seats, heated steering wheel and a sun roof.

By John

on Jul/06/16 05:16 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Coming from a 99' Chevy Lumina

Upgrading to this car from a ill-maintened Lumina was one of the best decisions ever. Then again, I've jumped quite a few years into the new-car-world. I've been owning the Forte LX for 4 months now, and to say the least, it's a great car. Not perfect... but great. It runs smoothly, quietly, and if you want, super fast. I was impressed at how the engine keeps it quiet, like the Toyota Prius's. However, after putting-in over 2,500 miles, the engine starts losing its futuristic engine sound. I'm a music enthusiast and I was extremely overwhelmed with the possibilities of connecting your phone/mp3 to the car via USB, AUX and Bluetooth. However, I am not impressed with the sound quality, but of course, that can be upgraded later in life. The windows are supposedly made to keep the heat out of the sun, but that's not quite accurate. It's like any other car window in its family. Trunk space is awesome! Fold down the seats, and you can practically sleep back there. All-in-all, the car does its job quite well. I forget sometimes to be grateful when I begin comparing it to other cars I should have bought instead.

By John P.

on Apr/14/16 08:59 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Kia is the best bang for your buck!

I've had my 2016 Kia Forte EX 4 dr sedan for little over a week now and I absolutely love this car. Going from a 2013 Kia Optima LX, I was worried about interior room, but the Forte has equally the amount of interior room as the Optima in my opinion. My new Forte EX is loaded with all the bells and whistles, and rides great with a quiet interior. I've gotten quite a few compliments on it so far, and the Crimson Red Metallic color has really grown on me, as I wasn't a big fan of red vehicles before I laid my eyes on this beauty. The 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine has plenty of pep to get me onto the interstate, or just zipping around town. I don't see much difference at all from the 2.4 liter I had in my Optima to the 2.0 liter in my new Forte EX, they both get up and go with ease. This car is awesome and so comfortable to drive, whether it be just across town or on a long road trip. I cannot yet comment on fuel economy as I'm still in the break in phase of the motor only having 400 miles on it so far, but even with my lead foot, I'm pulling in 30+ mpg combined city/highway driving. I fell in love with Kia's after I bought my first (2013 Kia Optima LX), and I'm still in love with my new 2016 Kia Forte EX. These cars are so dependable and very well equipped for the price, they really do look more expensive than they actually are both interior and exterior. If you are thinking about buying a Kia Forte, you won't be disappointed.

By Jeff Guttenberger

on Mar/12/16 02:24 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Sporty Hatchback

Plenty of power. Turbo lag after shifts is annoying.
Favorable comments on looks, wheels get the most remarks.
Not equipped with a spare tire, jack, lug wrench.
Good leg room in rear seat.

By RonB

on Sep/26/16 09:51 AM (UTC)

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Bye bye '12 Forte SX 5 door & hello '16 Forte5 EX

We shared the '12 for over 3 years and over 80,000 miles until I bought myself a 2015 Sonata Sport 2.0T Limited 6 months ago. Love that car and reviewed it on here also. Got a great deal. Now that we're back to two cars, mileage will accumulate a lot less. While I was getting the 12 serviced 2 weeks ago and "someone" took my car to work, I was asked "Do you think you can get me a deal on trading my car like you did buying yours ?" So I walked the lot and found a Snow White Pearl Forte5 EX 2.0 GDI - loaded with Premium/Technology package and remote start with black leather with white stitching. I texted the pictures. "I really wasn't a fan of white until you got yours (Quartz White Pearl) but I really like it. See what you can do. If it works out, I'll come sign the papers". The 12 was in excellent condition except for the 82,000 miles they beat down the trade in value on, but with the rebate and financing, it was a good deal regardless. The 12 had leather and sunroof. Great little car. No complaints other than it could have used more sound insulation. Compared to the 12: The tech options are great. Stereo is better. Bluetooth streaming is a world better. It's quieter. Much better legroom - we're both 6ft tall. Headroom was never an issue even with the 12 - sunroof in both. The 2.0GDI doesn't have the off the line punch of the 2012s 2.4 port-injected engine but feels fine overall (same 173hp rating) and better fuel mileage makes it worthwhile. Neither are pocket rockets but we're not race car drivers lol. Has plenty of zip. Warranty can't be beat. This now makes 4 Hyundai / Kia products since 2008 and don't regret any of them. I'm a semi-retired mechanic and choose my/our cars wisely. The only 2 gripes with the 16: 1 - gone with the 2014+ 5 door redesign is the split-folding rear seat bottoms which was great when we needed to haul stuff around. A minor gripe really because the 16 is still plenty roomy with the seat backs folded down. 2 - For the 2016 Forte line up, HID headlights were deleted, even with the Tech package. I remedied that with the same brand HID kit I installed in the 2012. Also installed LED plate and reverse lights - nice difference with the back-up camera at night. Experience has us anticipating the same reliability. The 2008 Sonata we traded for the 2012 Forte is still on the road with nearly 250,000 miles on it. Traded with nearly 120,000 trouble-free miles and came across it recently.

By Jalee Finley

on Jun/14/16 09:30 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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I'm in Love

I just purchased this car and I love everything about it!! There are three cons -(1) You cannot see the hood or front bumper despite how much you sit up or how close you sit to the steering wheel, and (2) you cannot see the back bumper, and (3) there is a small blind spot in the rear side views.

That said, I love everything else about this car. I especially like the 6th gear and ability to downshift when needed. The audio could have been better, but I won't complain. The back seat is pretty spacious, and comfortable. The cup holders for the backseat are nice as well. If you have kids you will appreciate the plastic (instead of cloth or leather) on the backs of the front seats where their feet often touch/rest. This car has reinforced doors and PLENTY of airbags in case of collision.

By Larry

on May/12/16 04:13 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Best compact car for the price!

The price for the base model with popular package (+$1000) is well worth it. The #1 reason that I chose Kia is that they do not use the CVT transmission that all of the other brands in it's class does. The 1.8L engine has plenty of power even with the air conditioner on high and with passengers. The interior is very nice for a base model and the popular package gets you a lot, including backup camera, Bluetooth, etc. Trunk space is best in it's class. If you can get a 2016 with the PP for under $18K you will not regret it and remember the transmission! CVT 's wear out at around 70,000 miles and cost around $7000 to replace (they cannot be repaired) perhaps this is why Kia chooses to not to use them because of their 100,000 mile warranty, KIA uses the dual clutch transmission. The hand controls are very ergonomic which helps keep your eyes on the road. Kia does not deal with Takata Airbags (look up Takata Airbag Inflators) I cannot express enough about staying away from any auto that is equipped with the CVT transmission. Kia along with Mobis (a German engineering company) have engineered great autos.The Cons: I only have only 1 and that is when driving the Forte all you see is the road which is great for an experienced driver, but for a beginner they are bound to miss judge resulting in hitting curbs etc.

By Tim C

on Apr/08/16 10:46 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Getting my Money's Worth

Yes the car is very affordable and I was lucky enough to get a great deal but the features this car comes with are comparable with more expensive models. The interior is roomier and more comfortable than what you would expect with a compact model and I'm a big guy used to driving SUVs and pickups. The engine has adequate pep and power to navigate the daily urban commute. I have been averaging around 38MPG but I do alot of interstate driving. To nitpick, the steering is slugish compared to other compacts and a little more noise gets into the cabin from the road than I would like. Still I have been very happy with my Forte.

By Charles S.

on May/02/16 04:51 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Inexpensive well equipped car

Ride handles well for the most part. Steering feels sluggish at times and engine sounds cheap. But overall the car accelerates quick and delivers a sportier driving feel than most cars in the segment. It also has good looks and nice technology options. Would buy another forte

By Barry

on May/21/16 06:15 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Forte


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Well made & designed car for a bargain price!

Bought the 2016 LX Forte automatic equipped with the popular equipment package, floormats, mud guards and a spare tire for $18,000.00 cash including all fees and taxes out the door. Be aware, it actually only comes with a tire repair kit and inflator as standard equipment. No trade was involved and that price included a $2,000.00 cash back and $400.00 military offer.

I can honestly say that I haven't found anything that I don't like about this car. I have mostly been driving in the city and I have averaged a solid 29 MPG over the past 1,250 miles with the a/c always on. The 1.8 L engine has ample power and is smooth. The car rides and handles well and is very quiet. The seats both front and rear are very comfortable and I love the overall driving experience. I haven't found a single fault in this car and I have been over it with a fine tooth comb.

I buy all my cars new and I usually keep them for about 12 years. I also do all of my own maintenance. I've owned Toyota, Honda and Nissan vehicles and to date this is the best example of value, function, and quality that I've encountered. I compared and drove all of the other cars in the Forte's class and for me this was the clear winner, even if I ignored the higher pricing of the competition.

If you want a very well made car, packed with tons of standard options at a very good price, put this car at the top of your list!


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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    106.3 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    178.3 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    55.5 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    5.5 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    2982 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    42.2 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    55.9 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    35.9 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    53.0 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    13.3 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.65 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Front
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Semi-independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    225
  • Rear Tire Profile
    40



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    6
  • Cd Player
    Single CD Player
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Cd Mp3 Playback
    Yes
  • Radio
    AM/FM


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Entry Lights
    Exterior Entry Lighting
  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power
  • Heated Exterior Mirrors
    Yes
  • Turn Signal Side Mirrors
    Turn Signal In Mirrors


Interior

Interior Features

  • Rear Heat
    Rear Ventilation Ducts
  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Yes


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    1.6t
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    semi-independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    13.2 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

Forte5 SX T-GDI 5-door Hatchback / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    6.9 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    15.3 sec @ 89.4 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $12,924
  • Private Seller Price
    $14,480
  • Dealer Price
    $15,654
  • Original MSRP
    $21,690


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2016 Kia Forte JD Power

  • Among the best

  • Better than most

  • About average

  • The rest

INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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2016 Kia Forte Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    22 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    30 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Kia Forte Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    10 years / 100,000 miles
    9 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / 100,000 miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years

2016 Kia Forte Key Factors

Data provided by Edmunds

Pros

  • Dashboard and infotainment controls are easy to use
  • Quick acceleration from Forte EX and SX
  • Spacious interior for both sedan and coupe
  • Numerous standard and optional features are available
  • Warranty coverage is better than most in the segment.

Cons

  • Ride quality can get uncomfortable at times
  • IIHS frontal-impact safety scores are lower than most competitors.
  • Some rivals offer better fuel economy


2016 Kia Forte True Cost Of Ownership

Data provided by Edmunds

The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,346$1,393 $1,442$1,492 $1,545$7,218
Maintenance$453$707 $552$1,071 $1,192$3,975
Repairs$0$0 $0$0 $845$845
Taxes & Fees$1,981$145 $132$120 $109$2,487
Financing$648$514 $375$232 $82$1,851
Depreciation$4,530$2,066 $1,818$1,612 $1,446$11,472
Fuel$1,806$1,860 $1,916$1,973 $2,033$9,588
True Cost To Own ®$10,764$6,685 $6,235$6,500 $7,252$37,436

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Kia Forte NHTSA Service Bulletins

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Date Complaint Filed: 11/06/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | EXTERIOR LIGHTING | SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Brake lights stop working took it to the dealership they said they would fix the brake switch but i'm responsible for the bulbs and the relay and also have to wait until tuesday for the relay. what's the point of paying for a warranty


Date Complaint Filed: 06/03/2016

Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Notice my lights would go on & off on dash board during g day times thinking car had dimming effects, then notice when the car was off & lights should be off they would stay on. then i would be sitting outside look at car & lights would just come on by themselves. the worst i was trying & headlights & insides lights went off while i was driving and continue to do so. i'm scared for me and my family safety. i dont even want the car anymore and sometimes smells like there's electrical burning or something dont know how to explain it.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/20/2016

Component(s): AIR BAGS

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 1Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia forte. while driving 30 mph and attempting to make a right turn, another vehicle crashed into the front passenger side of the contact's vehicle. the air bags deployed. a police report was filed. the contact sustained extensive tissue damage to the leg, back, and thighs on both sides. medical attention was required. the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed, but not repaired. the manufacturer was not notified of the failure. the failure mileage was approximately 1,500.


Date Complaint Filed: 06/24/2016

Component(s): POWER TRAIN | VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

I bought a brand new kia forte 2016 on 5/27/2016. since day one, i've been facing a problem that i think is a big safety issue. when driving the car at regular speeds, the car suddenly loses acceleration and even if i hit the gas pedal, nothing happens for 2-3 seconds and after 2-3 seconds, the gas pedal starts to respond. this has landed me into problems at various times and i almost went to an accident. 1. once i was changing lanes while driving at 45 mph, and all of a sudden the acceleration of the car dropped and i felt certain that somebody would hit me from the side because my car just won't accelerate. 2. once driving at 50 mph, the car suddenly dropped acceleration and the car behind me came so close that i feared that it would hit me. fortunately the other car driver realised my dropped accleration and slowed down. incidents like #2 have happened many times and i have taken the car to a kia dealership (gerald kia of naperville, il) but they simply told me that there was nothing wrong with the car because they couldn't reproduce the problem. this problem is intermittent and i don't know of a sure fire way to reproduce this problem, but someone has to believe me that it happens all of a sudden in the middle of the road and it really scares the heck out of me. since the car manufacturer and the dealership is not helping me at all, i want to bring this problem to the attention of the us government. i really feel that this is a big safety issue for me and my family and i don't feel safe at all while driving this car. i spent my money on a brand new car but the car manufacturer and the dealer are not ready to help me. my family members have also driven this car and they can also testify. please help me with this problem. i don't have enough money to buy a replacement.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/12/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | SEAT BELTS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Tl* the contact owns a 2016 kia forte. while making a left turn, the vehicle stalled without warning and all the lights on the instrument panel illuminated. the vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the seat belt had a dent where the sensor was located. the vehicle was not repaired. in addition, the interior of the vehicle had a mold odor. the manufacturer was notified of the failure. the approximate failure mileage was 1,674.


Date Complaint Filed: 08/09/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM | ENGINE

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While driving 50 mph the dash board went black and the car powered completely down.


Date Complaint Filed: 09/09/2016

Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The car does not accelerate at times and when it does it lurches and hesitates as i am driving and air conditioner fan goes up and down


Date Complaint Filed: 08/30/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

From day one that i got my car i noticed that there is a hesitation when trying to accelerate, you can push the gas pedal and nothing happens until you advance the pedal further and then it wants to take off like you pushed it to the floor. it will loose power during driving if under 45 miles per hour. when in traffic, it is very dangerous because trying to creep with the car it will not do anything when you softly push the pedal, and will try and take off when you advance it. almost rear ended the care in front of me because of this. this is a very problematic situation as well as dangerous. standing still or in motion this continues to happen city and highway


Date Complaint Filed: 09/14/2016

Component(s): VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

When you push gas feed it hesitates then you push a little more it goes to fast. driving in town traffic is a problem you push gas feed a little it doesn't want to go give a little more gas and it goes to fast. went back to dealer ship only had the car around 2 months they put new throttle body on, still had same problem. we traded the car back to the dealership for another kia forte which cost us another 3 thousand dollars because car was not safe . now the new kia forte is doing the same thing


Date Complaint Filed: 10/25/2016

Component(s): WHEELS

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Purchase kia forte 2016 ex on 11/2016....all four of the tires form bulges on each tire...which the tires to blow out on the highway. my first pair of tires located at the rear blew out in 03/2016 which cause me to purchase brand new tires.....my most recent tires was the front tires...which i a blowout in occurred on the highway in 09/2016


Date Complaint Filed: 11/20/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

My car just cut off when i got to the light and wouldn't start back up.






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I Feel A Small Vibration In The Driver And Passenger Seat. This Happen When The Car Is In Drive And Park. 25-May-2017
My 2016 Kia Cuts Off While Driving. I Have Over 32,000 Miles On It. 25-May-2017
Have You Heard Of Any Problems With The Alarm System 25-May-2017
I Think My Radiator Hose Has A Leak Or Tear In It. Not That Bad Of An Issue A 5 Minute Fix But It Is A New Car I Wasn't Planning On Dealing With This Yet. 25-May-2017
I Am Having A Loud Noise When Turning The Steering Or Driving On A Bumpy Road 25-May-2017
MY DAUGHTER HAS PROBLEMS WITH THE THEMOSTAT AND ENGINE LIGHT 25-May-2017
What Should I Look For On This Car And What Are Commion Problems With This Card 25-May-2017
Why Does My New Forte Look Like It Isn't Lined Up Straight . Front Pana On The Left Side Looks Higher Then Then The Other. As Well My Paint Is Very Thin.. I'm Concerned About This. 25-May-2017
Why Does The Vehicle Not Move When It In The Hatchback 25-May-2017
Grinding Noise When I Apply Brakes But Just Had Brakes And Rotors Replaced On The Front A Week Ago 25-May-2017
Is It Normal For The Engine To Make A Wheezing Noise When Accelerating? 25-May-2017
I Drive A 2016 Kia Forte, And My Question Is, Why Do My Car Hesitate When Taking Off To Drive? 25-May-2017
Transmission 14-May-2017
Hi My Name Is Linda Huff, And I Drive A 2016 Kia Forte. I Notice Every Time I Take Off To Drive There's A Hesitation In Power, But The Power Does Pick Up Not Long After Going Down The Road. Do You Know Of Any Recalls On This Vehicle, Or Transmission Problems. I Will Be Greatly Appreciative If You Could Give Me Any Feedback On The Issue, Or Any Issues That You May Know Of On This Vehicle. Again My Name Is Linda Huff, My Cell Ph# Is: (713) 259-1890, My Email# Is: Lhuffhuff@yahoo.com. Thank You, Sincerely! Ms Linda Huff 14-May-2017
Engine And Transmission Problems 15-May-2017
O2 Sensor Problem 15-May-2017
The Steering Wheel Is Locked And The Key Won't Turn 16-May-2017
I Have A 2016 Kia Forte (well Did Have). Last Night I Woke Up To My Car On Fire. The Car Was Fully Involved And Fire Dept Said Electrical Issue In Dash Was The Cause. I Now Have No Vehicle And Am Awaiting Kia To Come Investigate The Car. Super Flammable Car, It Had Flames Reaching Over 20ft. Took 45 Min To Exstinguish Car. Total Loss And Only 13,400 Miles On It. 16-May-2017
A/c Multi Fuse Box 20-May-2017
AT THE STOP OR TRAFFIC SIGNAL SHAKES FOR FEW SECONDS 22-May-2017






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2016 Kia Forte Review

From Edmunds.com

With exceptional design and plenty of available upscale features, the 2016 Kia Forte will likely exceed your expectations for an affordable compact car. The 2016 Forte has an expansive-feeling cabin and a powerful optional engine. On the other hand, the 2016 Kia Forte's ride can sometimes be rough, and we wish it had better crash-test scores.

Kia redesigned the Forte in 2014, and the results were impressive. Here's a car in any of its three iterations -- sedan, hatchback or coupe -- that offers a fair price, peppy acceleration, generous standard features and a comfortable cabin with quality materials. Regardless of which body style you prefer, you'll likely find the Forte to be one of the most attractive cars in its segment.

The 2016 Kia Forte keeps that ball rolling with nothing but mild tweaks to trim levels and packages. We're particularly impressed with the level of standard and available equipment. The base LX trim level offers Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard, while traditionally high-end options such as xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, and selectable steering assist are available. Even a ventilated driver seat and heated rear seats are on the Forte's option sheet.

The 2016 Kia Forte is one of our top recommended sedans.

There are three different engines for the 2016 Kia Forte, two of which offer competitive power and acceleration. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes the Forte one of the quickest cars in the segment, while an even stronger, turbocharged 1.6-liter four is available on SX versions of the coupe and hatchback. For those who place economy above excitement, however, none of the Forte powertrains offers exceptional fuel efficiency.

There are plenty of excellent choices for a compact car this year. The Mazda 3 is a class leader thanks to its sophisticated blend of comfort, athleticism and impressive real-world fuel economy. Also notable are the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Golf or Jetta. All are well-rounded and come with competitive levels of refinement and comfort. But with its roomy interior, upscale features, strong engine lineup and sharp styling, the 2016 Kia Forte remains a very credible choice when you're shopping for an affordable sedan, coupe or hatchback.

The One to Buy

You'll be saving money simply by choosing the Forte over its competition. We recommend spending a little more to get the Forte EX with Premium package solely for the 7-inch touchscreen, which features an infotainment system that is one of the best in the segment.

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  • 2016 Kia Forte Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Kia Forte Reviews
  • 2016 Kia Forte Defects

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