There are many similar compact cars. The 2023 Kia Forte is a little more distinctive than most: it’s sharp on the outside, classy on the interior, and has a better design than the rest.
The Forte has undergone a major facelift for the 2022 model year, so Kia doesn’t think it will need to make any major changes for 2023.
Buyers can choose from five trim levels. The LX, LXS and GT-Line models all share the same 147 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and continuously variable transmission. It’s a typical powertrain for its class, and it gets you to your destination efficiently.
But Kia offers buyers a choice of engines, which is not offered by all affordable brands. It is combined with a high-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Or it comes with his 6-speed manual from the GT Manual.
Let’s take a look inside the 2023 Forte.
Rooms and comfort
Kia started the trend when it completely redesigned the Forte for model year 2019. They are significantly more spacious than many of their rivals.
Those rivals took the hint and caught up. Today’s Forte’s cabin dimensions are about the same as most of its competitors, with headroom a little more than the Mazda 3 and shoulder his room a little more than Volkswagen his Jetta. However, most of today’s compact cars are larger than their predecessors, so they’re not exceptionally roomy in any area.
There is one downside. All trim levels have the same 6-way manually adjustable driver’s seat as standard equipment. GT-Line and GT models are available with 10-way power adjustable seats with lumbar adjustment.
The GT manual forte comes with a front seat heater. The GT and GT-Line editions have heated and ventilated throne options.
Features and technology
As an affordable compact car, the Forte has an excellent list of available technologies.
The Base LX model features a central 8-inch touchscreen, while other trim levels feature an even more impressive 10.25 inches. Even better, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all trim levels. In a world of distraction, smartphone integration is a safety feature. Kia understands that and doesn’t charge extra.
Wireless phone charging is available on the GT-Line and comes standard on the GT and GT Manual.
GT-Line, GT and GT Manual Editions include Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control.
All Forte get remote keyless entry with vehicle immobilizer. Higher trim adds smart key and remote start functionality.
There are 3 audio systems available. The LX and LXS models offer basic entertainment with a four-speaker system. GT-Line and GT models come standard with six speakers. There is also the option of a more impressive Harman Kardon premium setup with 8 speakers, 320 watts and an integrated subwoofer. The only audio system included with the GT Manual Edition.
material and design
In recent years, Kia’s designers have outdone themselves. The Forte doesn’t benefit from everything they can do — it lacks the cool twin-screen look of other new Kia designs. We like that the central infotainment screen is mounted high so drivers can see the various features at a glance without looking down from the road.
Drivers get traditional gauges instead of modern display screens, but the 4.2-inch display set in between gives them some flexibility in what information is shown.
Woven seats are standard on LX and LXS trims. GT-Line, GT and GT Manual Editions feature Syntex upholstery. Syntex is Kia’s synthetic leather alternative. Kia says it’s more durable than genuine leather. Easy to clean.
Cargo compartment and flexibility
The 2023 Kia Forte offers 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space. This is better than Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. Designers have managed to make the trunk huge without compromising its sporty looks.
Kia no longer offers a hatchback version of the Forte in the US. Hatchback enthusiasts should note that the company still makes Forte5 hatchbacks for the Canadian market.
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