Kia

Kia Forte

Price $15,995 – $28,795
Fuel consumption 6.1 – 11.1 L/100km
The Car Guide rating 73%(view ratings)
Whether you opt for the 1.8-litre 145-horsepower or the 2.0-litre 173-horsepower engine, the Kia Forte is a very good quality compact. Those looking for a bit more punch can choose the 1.6-litre 201-horsepower turbocharged engine. The Forte is available as a coupe (2 doors), sedan (4 doors) or delightfully versatile hatchback (5 doors).

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Test Drives2020 Kia Forte5 GT: An Opportunity to Seize Now
The 2020 model year marks a new generation for the Kia Forte5 , making it the freshest compact hatchback in Canada. And unlike the Kia Soul, which is also new this year, it returns with an available turbo engine. With the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Golf GTI nearing the …
First Drives2020 Kia Forte GT: The Civic Si Can Rest Easy
A good way to stand out from other compact cars is to offer a sporty variant. Kia does exactly that with the Forte GT, and it openly admits that this model is designed to take on the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Jetta GLI . We recently attended a media …

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RecallsKia Follows Hyundai’s Lead With Engine-related Recall
We suspected Kia would follow the lead of Hyundai , which earlier this week announced a recall on nearly 150,000 vehicles in Canada to update the engine control module. It’s now official: close to 80,000 Kia vehicles in the country will be recalled as part of a similar “Product Improvement …
NewsThe Car Guide's Best Buys for 2021: Mazda3
Every year, The Car Guide unveils a list of Best Buys covering all the different vehicle categories in the industry. When it comes to compact cars, the only major change for 2021 is the introduction of the completely redesigned Hyundai Elantra , which wasn’t on sale yet when we voted …
News2021 Kia Forte5 GT Goes Old-school, Adds Manual Gearbox
While many automakers are abandoning manual transmissions, Kia is somewhat reversing the trend by adding one to the Forte5 lineup for 2021. More specifically, a six-speed manual gearbox will come standard on the sporty Forte5 GT model, which returned last year with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission only. The latter will …
NewsChevrolet, BMW Have the Best Car Seats, Study Finds
Chevrolet and BMW top J.D. Power’s 2020 Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study released a few days ago. Surprised? The former leads all mainstream car brands with four award-winning vehicles. The Sonic, Impala and Equinox are segment winners, while the Silverado is among the three best pickups/vans. On the luxury side, …
NewsAJAC Announces its 2019 Canadian Car of the Year Category Winners
During the Montreal International Auto Show, The Automobile Journalist Association of Canada revealed its category winners of its 2019 Canadian Car of The Year program. In the Small Car category, the 2019 Kia Forte took the title, and AJAC journalists gave it the highest subjective value rating. It beat the …
News2020 Kia Forte5 Makes North-American Debut in Montreal
After launching the 2019 Kia Forte sedan , the Korean manufacturer has just revealed the five-door Forte5 variant at a private event in Montreal. An interesting move, since Canada is rarely the locale for the major unveiling of an all-new car. And yet, it’s might not be unusual at all.
DetroitKia Releases the First Images of the 2019 Forte
In order to fuel the fire of novelty, Kia has just released a few images of the 2019 Forte that will debut at the Detroit Auto Show next week. They are only drawings, but at least we get a general idea of what Kia’s compact sedan will look like. The …

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MOTORING TV: Small Car of the Year for 2017
Motoring TV recently held its 1 hour Car of the Year Special on the TSN network where we picked the best in class for 2017. Here are the nominees and winner of Small Car category. (This segment originally appeared on Motoring TV 2017 episode #6) …
Video Reviews
Kia Motors Mexican style
Following the recent U.S. election, building vehicles in Mexico has become a controversial topic. Kia Motors is the most recent to join many other auto makers in opening a plant in Mexico. Kia also opened in the state of Georgia in 2011. Let's put aside the politics, and try and …
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2014 Compact Cars Comparison Test
Compact cars are the most popular cars on the market. To take stock of this ever-evolving segment, we have decided to compare and evaluate the seven most in-demand models : Ford Focus, Volkswagen Jetta, Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Kia Forte.
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2014 Kia Forte
The Kia Forte doesn’t just need to challenge the Elantra, it also has to face the all-new Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla, in addition to the very popular Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Volkswagen Golf. To do so, the Kia Forte boasts a superb exterior, a well-designed interior and …