In recent years, some of the most developed brands are those that compete in entry-level compact sedans. Many economy cars now offer a level of style and equipment that challenges bigger and more expensive cars. One of them is the 2018 Kia Forte.
The first generation of Forte is generally a good car that also boasts a strong crash test score. While the second generation is the better and pushing this KIA to high appreciation in a very competitive class. Overall, the current Kia Forte has more advantages over the old model in terms of style, driving dynamics, features, fuel economy, and value. Thanks to its choice of two body styles, the 2018 Kia Forte is able to attract several types of buyers whether they prefer a traditional sedan or a practical hatchback.
The 2018 Kia Forte is available as a sedan in LX, S and EX trim levels, while the Forte5 hatchback is offered in LX, EX and SX trim.
The 2018 Kia Forte LX and S sedans are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The base LX comes standard with a six-speed manual, with the automatic available as an optional. EPA estimated fuel economy at 32 mpg combined (29 city/37 highway) with the automatic and 28 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway) with the manual.
The 2018 Kia Forte EX sedan comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. Its paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and returns an EPA fuel economy 28 mpg combined (25 city/33 highway), which is unimpressive given the relatively modest power output. The Forte5 LX and EX have the same powertrain, and the power and fuel economy are almost identical. The hatchback in this configuration returns 28 mpg combined (25 city/34 highway).
The 2018 Kia Forte5 SX gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Its paired with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Fuel economy on manual-equipped models at 25 mpg combined (23 city/29 highway) while the seven-speed dual-clutch models return 27 mpg combined (25 city/30 highway).
In track testing, the 2018 Kia Forte5 SX with DCT accelerates from zero to 60 mph 6.7 seconds, while the manual did it in 6.6 seconds.