The 2018 Kia Forte is a mainstream compact sedan, also available in hatchback that slots above the sub-compact Kia Rio and below the mid-size Kia Optima in the brand’s car lineup.
Pros: Compliant Ride, Quiet Cabin, Available With Manual Transmission, Safety Score
Cons: Outdated Cabin Design, Less Fuel-Efficient Than Competitors
Looks Best In: Garnet Red exterior/Black interior
Competition: Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Sentra
Safety Score: The 2018 Kia Forte was awarded the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick distinction.
Summary: The 2018 Kia Forte is a great alternative to best sellers in this segment like the Civic and Corolla. Although not the most stylish or sporty vehicle in its class, the smooth and quiet ride the Forte offers is its trump card over less refined competitors.
Thanks for reading Third Auto. Like us on Facebook and check in as we continue to report on car news, car reviews and industry analysis.