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Kia Forte : Used

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Model: Kia Forte : Used

Vehicle Type: Sedan, Coupe or 5-Door

The Verdict: A healthy used model that’s free of transmission issues should prove an affordable way to access a sporty, well-equipped and high-value motoring experience. The most commonly reported issues with the Kia Forte should be easily identified on a test drive, if present.

2010 Kia Forte logo
Photo: Justin Pritchard

What Owners Like: Owner-stated likes include styling -- both inside and out -- a great list of standard features, decent fuel economy, and a nice steering feel. Braking performance, especially on the Koup model, is also noted, as is performance. Forte 5 owners typically comment positively on a good price-to-space ratio and appreciate the model’s flexible, ready-for-anything utility.

What Owners Dislike:
On used Kia Forte models with a manual transmission, many owners complain of a fake, vague and “delayed” feeling to the electronic throttle. Other complaints include a “cheap” feeling to some interior trim and limited headroom for taller drivers. Finally, some owners complain of squeaks and rattles as the vehicle ages.

2010 Kia Forte side view
Photo: Justin Pritchard