2018 Kia Forte Car Review

As you drive along the shore from Sheffield Lake to Cleveland for a day in the city, or to Lorain for a sunset dinner at the lighthouse, you’ll probably want a car with an efficient engine, intelligent safety features and a high-tech infotainment system.

That’s exactly what you’ll get with the Kia Forte, as you’ll see in this 2018 Kia Forte car review.

2018 Kia Forte Powertrain

The Kia Forte may be compact, but you’ll find that its engine is plenty mighty for day-to-day driving. With the standard 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, this compact sedan will get you a range of horsepower from 147-164, and a torque output ranging from 132-151 lb-ft.

While the base trim comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission for optimal control over your driving, an upgrade to the available 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic® is always on the table.

Sportmatic® gives you the best of both worlds by allowing you to operate in an automated manual driving mode. This gives you the control of a manual transmission with the protection and efficiency of an automatic.

These features work together to give the Kia Forte an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up-to 29 mpg city and 37 mpg highway.1

UVO: Your Personal Assistant

When you hit the road in your Kia Forte, it’s hard to deny the importance of an infotainment system to keep you connected, informed and entertained. Available UVO has a lot to deliver here.

Short for “your voice,” the UVO eServices Infotainment System responds to your voice to provide hands-free access to your smartphone.

With just a simple command, you can control music streaming, roadside assistance, vehicle diagnostics and more. And, with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, you’ll have complete smartphone integration, allowing you to answer calls, play voicemails and send texts without taking your hands off the wheel.

The available UVO with Voice-Command Navigation adds in a navigation system that responds to your voice to provide traffic information, input destinations and more.

Kia Forte Driver Assist Features

As you’re cruising along the shoreline of the lake, you’ll want the peace of mind that your car is equipped with intelligent safety features. With available Kia DriveWise, you’ll feel like you have an extra set of eyes on the road.

Here are just a few of the available features:

  • Lane Change Assist
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Pedestrian Detection
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking

Lane Change Assist activates when you put on your turn signal and warns you of any vehicles approaching from behind in your intended lane.

The other three systems work together to monitor for hazards up ahead. They warn you of slow or stopped traffic or unseen pedestrians up ahead. If you don’t respond to the warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking activates to prevent or lessen the impact of a potential collision.

Contact us to learn more about the Kia DriveWise features.

Test Drive the 2018 Kia Forte Today at Montrose Kia

After reading our 2018 Kia Forte car review, we hope you’ll pay us a visit at Montrose Kia, where you can get behind the wheel and imagine how the Forte could benefit your drives around Sheffield Lake, Cleveland and Lorain.

If you’re ready to give it a try, contact us to schedule your test drive of the 2018 Kia Forte today.


1EPA fuel economy estimates.  Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.