2020 Kia Forte

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The 2020 Kia Forte deserves more praise than it gets. Kia has transferred the racy styling of its sleek Stinger to the humble Forte, making it look upscale. The cabin is a cut above your average compact car, with excellent material quality and great standard technology. And with fantastic gas mileage, standard automatic emergency braking, and a strong warranty, it's a lot of car for the money.

For 2020 the Forte gets two new models, the GT and GT-Line. The GT is the sporty one, with a 201-horsepower turbo-4, dual-clutch transmission, and sport-tuned rear suspension and exhaust. The GT-Line has styling that makes it look sportier than it is. There's also a new EX Special Edition package that adds some unique features and trim.

The standard inline-4 engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) are adequate for an economy car, with 147 horsepower, but the drivetrain won't win awards for refinement. The firm steering generates some feedback, and the ride is decently damped.

The base FE model with CVT is a fuel-economy star, EPA-rated at 31 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined. With a manual transmission it gets significantly less, 27/37/31 mpg.The LXS and EX models manage 29/40/33 mpg, with the CVT.

With 50 more horsepower, and the dual-clutch transmission, the new GT gets 27/35/30 mpg; with the manual transmission it drops to 25/32/28 mpg, on regular fuel.
The NHTSA gives the Forte only 4 stars overall in crash tests, with three stars for the front passenger side and a footnote about rear passenger side crash safety despite a five-star score in that category. Those results are inconsistent with the IIHS's testing, which saw fit to award the 2019 Forte a Top Safety Pick award for 'Good'? scores all around and great standard front crash prevention tech.

Standard active safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings with active lane control, and driver attention warnings. The other models add blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and rear parking sensors. On the GT, however, those features are optional.
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The 2020 Kia Forte deserves more praise than it gets. Kia has transferred the racy styling of its sleek Stinger to the humble Forte, making it look upscale. The cabin is a cut above your average compact car, with excellent material quality and great standard technology. And with fantastic gas mileage, standard automatic emergency braking, and a strong warranty, it's a lot of car for the money.

For 2020 the Forte gets two new models, the GT and GT-Line. The GT is the sporty one, with a 201-horsepower turbo-4, dual-clutch transmission, and sport-tuned rear suspension and exhaust. The GT-Line has styling that makes it look sportier than it is. There's also a new EX Special Edition package that adds some unique features and trim.

The standard inline-4 engine and continuously variable transmission (CVT) are adequate for an economy car, with 147 horsepower, but the drivetrain won't win awards for refinement. The firm steering generates some feedback, and the ride is decently damped.

The base FE model with CVT is a fuel-economy star, EPA-rated at 31 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined. With a manual transmission it gets significantly less, 27/37/31 mpg.The LXS and EX models manage 29/40/33 mpg, with the CVT.

With 50 more horsepower, and the dual-clutch transmission, the new GT gets 27/35/30 mpg; with the manual transmission it drops to 25/32/28 mpg, on regular fuel.
The NHTSA gives the Forte only 4 stars overall in crash tests, with three stars for the front passenger side and a footnote about rear passenger side crash safety despite a five-star score in that category. Those results are inconsistent with the IIHS's testing, which saw fit to award the 2019 Forte a Top Safety Pick award for 'Good'? scores all around and great standard front crash prevention tech.

Standard active safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warnings with active lane control, and driver attention warnings. The other models add blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, and rear parking sensors. On the GT, however, those features are optional.
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Retail Price

$17,890 - $23,090 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

Smart Buy Price

$706 - $1,070 Nat'l avg. savings off MSRP
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Engine 2.0L I-4
MPG 27 City / 37 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 6-spd man w/OD
Power 147 @ 6200 rpm
Drivetrain front-wheel
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