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KIA Forte Models/Series Timeline, Specifications & Photos

Generations: 5
First production year: 2009
Engines: Gasoline
 

2021 - Present

Kia refreshed its small-segment sedan contender, the Forte. When Chevrolet and Ford axed most of their lower-priced sedans, the Korean carmaker charged ahead and brought premium features in a class where the price was the most critical selling point. The Korean carmaker introduced the facelift for the Forte's third generation in 2020 for the 2022 model year. Even though it was during the world pandemic situation, Kia tried to keep its promises to its clients. With a refreshed front fascia that featured narrower headlights, with an option for LED foglights, depending on the trim level...

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gasoline engines:

  KIA Forte 2.0L 6MT (147 HP)

  KIA Forte 2.0L 7AT (147 HP)

  KIA Forte GT 1.6L GDI 7AT (201 HP)

 

2018 - 2021

The third generation of the Forte was introduced at the 2018 North American International Motor Show and it included cues inspired by the Stinger. The Forte was the Elantra's sibling built by Kia and designed by Peter Schreyer. The Forte was launched as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door fastback, featuring the same shape as the Hyundai Elantra Fastback from other continents. Thus, the two twin vehicles covered most of the body versions for the compact segment, apart from a station-wagon and a convertible. The sedan version of the compact Forte was the Kia equivalent for the Elantra, but ...

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gasoline engines:

  KIA Forte 1.6L GDI 7AT (201 HP)

  KIA Forte 2.0L 6MT (147 HP)

  KIA Forte 2.0L CVT (147 HP)

 

2016 - 2018

The last facelift for the second generation of the Kia Forte was launched in 2016 as a 2017 model. A year later the entire generation was changed. Thus, the modification over the non-facelift version was minimal. It takes an expert eye to notice the differences between the 2015 and 2017 model year, especially from the rear. On the front, the headlights were different, with a longer “tail” extended on the front fenders. The taillights though, had the white reverse lamp on the bottom, while the non-facelift version had that lamp in the middle, like a horizontal white line. The new taillight...

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gasoline engines:

  KIA Forte 2.0 6AT (147 HP)

  KIA Forte 2.0 6AT (164 HP)

  KIA Forte 2.0 6MT (147 HP)

 

2013 - 2016

The 2014 Kia Forte was a very practical and well equipped compact sedan. Available with two engine options, the Forte offered great fuel efficiency and decent power to make long journeys comfortable. The LX trim level came with a 1.8-liter engine developing 148 hp. The LX had a starting price of only $16.000 and even in the standard configuration, it came with power locks and mirrors, air conditioning, bluetooth and an iPod interface. The higher EX trim level came with a 2.0-liter engine producing 173 hp. Its price was little under $20.000 and the quality of the materials used incr...

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2009 - 2013

The surprisingly good looking Kia Forte continued the brand’s revival with its launch in 2009. The Forte featured lots of elements characteristic to more expensive cars, but was at the same time among the least expensive small sedans on the market. The Forte had a smooth clean look from the front and from the back, with the trim proportions being just right. The cabin of the Forte gave an upscale feel with the tall roof and the wider body that offered great room for the passengers. Headroom and legroom were good for the front passengers, however, the legroom in the back seats was l...

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