Kia Forte Reviews

2011 Kia Forte SX Hatchback 2.4 gas from North America

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2.4 gas Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance13550 miles
Previous carDodge Magnum

Summary:

I got less than I paid for...

Faults:

Rattles around the sunroof.

Rattles in the rear hatch area.

Rattles in the front end.

Transmission is very slow to engage reverse.

Backup camera was replaced at 12000 miles.

Did I mention rattles?

General Comments:

I purchased this car as a 'commuter' and was not expecting Mercedes levels of quiet, comfort, or performance, but I didn't expect it to rattle like a 10 year old dump truck after only 12,000 miles. The dealer, conveniently, could not replicate the noises (odd, since they were quite obvious just pulling out of the service department parking lot).

Transmission is slow to engage in reverse when cold

Back-up camera, radio, nav - all functions on the in-dash screen are extremely slow to engage. I'm half-way out of my drive before the review camera comes on.

Gritty engine. Reasonably quick and economical, but it will never win awards for smoothness.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th February, 2013

2013 Kia Forte SX 2.4L inline, 4 cylinder gas from North America

Model year2013
Year of manufacture2012
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 2.4L inline, 4 cylinder gas Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired24 kilometres
Most recent distance3400 kilometres
Previous carSAAB 9-2X

Summary:

Sporty hatchback that is fun to drive

Faults:

So far, nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

This is car fun to drive, with lots of pep and nice handling.

Accessories/Options: Weather Tech style mats, air conditioning, sun-roof, heated seats/mirrors, leather, satellite radio, steering wheel audio/cruise controls.

It responds very well to driver input. Power delivery feels very good, and is there without hesitation when needed.

The exterior design is great. It has a sporty stance that has amazing curb side appeal.

It has a solid feel to it, with nice interior features and build quality.

There is some road noise, especially when on the highway. However, this does not take away from the driving experience. Engine noise is moderate, really only becoming noticeable when accelerating quickly.

Climate controls are easy and straightforward to use, and function well.

Radio controls are also easy and straightforward to use. Steering wheel controls are a great feature, and I highly recommend them.

There is a ton of interior room for both front and rear passengers. Do not let the exterior appearance fool you (as it did me). Everyone I have had in the car is shocked by how much room there is once inside the vehicle. This goes for cargo space well.

Seats are comfortable and easy to get in and out of. The SX comes with leather, which feels very nice and soft (it does not have a 'plasticky' feel to it).

I decided to get the Weather Tech style mats with this car. I purchased them directly from my Kia dealership. I got the full set (front, rear, and cargo). They are definitely worth every penny, and I highly recommend that you get them with your vehicle.

Unfortunately, if you intend on using an iPod with the radio, then you do require the Kia iPod cable (for playlists, and song names). This is completely stupid in my opinion, and it is stupidly overpriced! See if you can get it thrown in when you purchase the vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th October, 2012

2010 Kia Forte EX 2.0 from North America

Model year2010
Year of manufacture2010
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.0 / 10
Distance when acquired50 kilometres
Most recent distance23000 kilometres
Previous carMitsubishi Lancer

Summary:

CRAP

Faults:

- 700 Km, start to pulling hard on the left side.

- 1700 Km, delay in shifting gears, high consumption.

- 5000 Km, bad radio reception and dead bluetooth.

- 16000 Km, second radio got into bad reception problems.

- 23000 Km, still bad radio reception, pulling on the left side, delayed shifting and high consumption.

Trading in this junk.

General Comments:

The car it looks nice, it is comfortable, and has a very good price for all the standard features.

But:

- The gear box is horrible.

- The consumption in city is around 10.5-11 liters /100 km.

- The steering system is very unpredictable.

- The audio system is very low quality.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd March, 2011

28th Jul 2011, 11:07

I have read more than 200 reviews of Kia Forte, and I can tell you that less than 2% say that it's a bad car. I believe that those 2% are just unlucky people, as they might have gotten a Lemon in their hands. I feel sorry for you, but my decision is firm on buying a 2011 Forte.

28th Jul 2011, 13:32

The Kia Forte looks like a good car... but before you decide on any car out there... read the Consumers Report Annual Auto Guide that comes out every year in April... it also has a listing for a lot of great used cars available to fit any budget out there... especially when new cars take such a depreciation bite when you buy them... it makes sense to think about a reliable used car at half the payment of a new car...

2011 Kia Forte SX 6-Speed 2.0 from Malaysia

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.0 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired153 kilometres
Most recent distance1308 kilometres
Previous carNAZA Sutera

Summary:

KIA is surprisingly arising worldwide

Faults:

Nothing yet.

General Comments:

Impressive comfort, considering its price; RM97,800 on-the-road.

Packed with great FEATURES of higher priced cars... eg:

1- Active Safety: ESC (Electronic Stability Control) comprising ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution), BAS (Brake Assist System), CBC (Cornering Brake Control) and TCS (Traction Control System).

2- Passive Safety: Dual front driver and passenger airbags, dual side airbags, curtain airbags.

3- Reverse sensor and camera built-in to its electrochromic rear view mirror.

4- Paddle shift 6-speed.

5- Bluetooth, USB and iPOD.

6- 6 speakers with 6 CD changer.

7- Headlight auto-sensor.

8- Digital auto climate control air-conditioning.

9- Keyless with push start & stop button.

10- 5 years of warranty with unlimited mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th March, 2011

13th Apr 2011, 06:26

(Original Reviewer)

@ 6,000 kms... good and steady. Hoping for the best!

19th Apr 2011, 20:29

Please update. TQ for the wise comment.

25th Apr 2011, 06:16

(Original Reviewer)

@ 8,000 kms... Good and steady. Installed ULTRA Racing Front Strut Bar and Rear Low Bar... ordering Rear Anti-Roll / Sway Bar.

11th May 2011, 08:31

(Original Reviewer)

@10,000 kms, installed rear anti roll sway bar.

@13,500 kms, gearbox console "R" light not functioning. Gearbox light on "P", "N" and "D" are still OK.

Fun to drive uphill and downhill with its 6-speed gearbox.

Pushed the car up to 208 km/h,...could go beyond that but wife was begging me to slow down! I was afraid myself as I have already totaled 2 cars. Both accidents were not my fault though!

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 4 reviews