Kia Forte Information

Safety · Fuel Efficiency · MPG

Kia Forte Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has conducted 0 recalls, 0 investigations of reports of a defective product, and recorded 1 safety complaints filed against this vehicle.


Crash Test Results (ratings out of 5):

Year Variation Overall Rating Front Crash Rating
(Driver)
Front Crash
(Passenger)
Side Crash
(Driver side)
Side Crash
(Passenger side)
Rollover
2020 2020 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 4 4 (picture) 3 5 (picture) 5 4
2019 2019 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 4 4 (picture) 3 5 (picture) 5 4
2018 2018 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 5 4 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2017 2017 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 5 4 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2016 2016 Kia Forte 5 HB FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4 5 4
2016 2016 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 5 4 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2015 2015 Kia Forte 5 HB FWD Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated 4 5 4
2015 2015 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 5 4 (picture) 4 5 (picture) 5 4
2014 2014 Kia Forte 5 HB FWD 4 5 2 4 5 4
2014 2014 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 4 5 (picture) 2 4 (picture) 5 4
2013 2013 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 4 5 (picture) 3 3 (picture) 5 4
2012 2012 Kia Forte 5 HB FWD 4 5 3 3 5 4
2012 2012 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 4 5 (picture) 3 3 (picture) 5 4
2011 2011 Kia Forte SW FWD 4 5 3 3 5 4
2011 2011 Kia Forte 4 DR FWD 4 5 (picture) 3 3 (picture) 5 4
2010 2010 Kia Forte 4-DR. w/SAB (Early release) Not Rated 5 (picture) 5 5 (picture) 3 4
2010 2010 Kia Forte 2-DR. w/SAB Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated Not Rated

Fuel Efficiency

Kia has manufactured models of Forte for 11 years. They average 28.6 combined miles per gallon, with the latest 2020 Forte above average at 31 combined MPG.

Government regulators estimate the fuel cost of the 2020 Forte to be $1,250 per year. This estimate is based on 15,000 miles driven, 55% city driving and 45% highway driving, and regular gasoline.

Compared to other vehicles, you spend $1,000 less over 5 years compared to an average vehicle.

The Forte consumes about 11 barrels of petroleum per year, according to the standard estimate of 15,000 miles driven. Most of the world's petroleum comes from countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia, the U.S., and Iraq.

The Forte emits 290 grams of CO2 per mile, or roughly 4,350,000 grams per year. To put this into perspective, a normal tree absorbs about 21,000 grams of CO2 per year, so about 207 trees would offset these emissions. The Forte does not have start-stop technology.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2020 Kia Forte 31 37 27
2019 Kia Forte 31 37 27
2018 Kia Forte 28 33 25
2017 Kia Forte 28 34 25
2016 Kia Forte 30 37 26
2015 Kia Forte 30 37 26
2014 Kia Forte 29 36 25
2013 Kia Forte 26 31 22
2012 Kia Forte 26 31 22
2011 Kia Forte 26 31 22
2010 Kia Forte 26 32 22

MPG breakdown by model options

The Kia Forte has 39 different model options on record with the EPA since 2010. For the most accurate MPG estimates, find your exact model below.

Vehicle Model Combined MPG Highway MPG City MPG
2020 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 31 37 27
2020 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.6 L 28 32 25
2020 4-dr, Automatic (AM7), 4-cyl, 1.6 L 30 35 27
2020 4-dr, Automatic (variable gear ratios), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 33 40 29
2019 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 31 37 27
2019 4-dr, Automatic (variable gear ratios), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 34 40 30
2018 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 33 25
2018 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2018 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 37 29
2017 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2017 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 32 38 29
2017 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 33 25
2016 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 30 37 26
2016 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 35 24
2016 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 36 25
2015 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 1.8 L 30 37 26
2015 4-dr, Automatic (S6), 4-cyl, 2.0 L 29 36 25
2015 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 36 25
2014 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 24
2014 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 28 35 24
2014 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 1.8 L 29 36 25
2014 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 35 24
2013 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2013 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 29 35 25
2013 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 31 23
2013 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 31 22
2012 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2012 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 31 23
2012 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 29 35 25
2012 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 31 22
2011 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 31 22
2011 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 31 23
2011 4-dr, Automatic 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 29 35 25
2011 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2010 4-dr, Automatic 4-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2010 4-dr, Manual 6-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 32 22
2010 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.4 L 26 31 23
2010 4-dr, Manual 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 28 34 25
2010 4-dr, Automatic 5-spd, 4-cyl, 2.0 L 30 36 27