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Kia Forte


$16,495 – $29,815

Fuel efficiency

6.0 - 9.4 l/100km

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Offered in sedan (redesigned for 2019) and five-door hatchback configurations, the Forte couldn't be more versatile. This compact offers a choice of three engines, depending on the trim level you choose. The horsepower ranges from 147 to 201. Lane keep assist and forward-collision avoidance assist, smart cruise control and blind spot detection are just a few of the available features.

Green light

  • Good equipment for the price
  • Sporty (Forte5 SX)
  • Good fuel economy (sedan)
  • Big trunk

Red light

  • Barely enough power (sedan)
  • Low resale value
  • Unappealing manual gearbox
  • Base trim is pretty bare bones (sedan)
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