The Kia Forte is a sporty compact sedan that offers a fun drive, the latest technology, and lots of safety features. Is it an efficient ride, though? Maguire Kia finds out. We explored the Kia Forte MPG ratings, so drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland, NY, will know what it's capable of.

MPG Rating

EPA-estimated 31 city/41 highway MPG*


201 HP


195 lb-ft


Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) with Sportmatic®

Kia Forte Fuel Economy

The 2021 Kia Forte offers excellent fuel economy, thanks to a 2.0L I-4 engine. It works with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and gets up to an EPA-estimated 27 city/37 highway MPG.* For a more efficient drive, though, an Intelligent Variable Transmission is also available. While it also lets you take control of the gears with Sportmatic®, it can get up to an EPA-estimated 31 city/41 highway MPG.*

This base engine offers up to 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. For a more performance inspired drive, the Kia Forte GT trims feature a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

With this turbocharged powertrain, the IVT is replaced with a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Automatic Transmission. This delivers a more athletic drive, while still offering an EPA-estimated 27 city/35 highway MPG.*

The turbocharged engine is also available with a manual transmission. This makes it feel more like a traditional sports roadster, but it's just as efficient with an EPA-estimated 25 city/32 highway MPG.*

Aerodynamic Design

The 2021 Kia Forte sports a design that's both stylish and streamlined for better aerodynamics. It minimizes drag with a large grille and air intake up front, rounded edges, and accent lines over the hood and down the doors.

It also sits low to the ground. This gives it a low center of gravity, which results in excellent handling. Plus, with a 5.3-inch ground clearance, there's great airflow both over and underneath the Kia car. For both a style and aerodynamic upgrade, a rear trunk lid spoiler is available, too.

The overall body is easy to maneuver at 182.7 inches long. Its curb-to-curb turning circle is only 34.8 feet, so you can quickly pull a U-turn and cruise around tight turns. This aerodynamic design is aided by a lightweight frame. Together, this design helps you get a lot of miles out of its large gas tank.

  • 2,707-curb weight
  • 14-gallon gas tank
  • 56.5 inches high
  • 70.9 inches wide

Efficient Features

Underneath its streamlined design, the 2021 Kia Forte offers features that can help maximize your fuel economy. Some of the technology that can make your drive more efficient includes:

  • Cruise Control with Steering Wheel Controls
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Smart Cruise Control

Cruise control helps you cover a lot of ground by maintaining a constant speed. To make it more user-friendly, steering-wheel mounted controls let you set and adjust the speed you want to travel with just a flick of the wrist.

Smart Cruise Control takes this to another level. It's both an efficient and an intelligent safety feature. It monitors the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you and can automatically adjust your speed if traffic slows down.

Finally, Drive Mode Select lets you decide what kind of performance you want your ride to have. It offers Eco Mode to help lower your emissions and save gas.

MPG Information

The Kia Forte also offers technology to help you stay on top of your fuel economy. For example, your instrument cluster features an LCD screen between your gauges. It shows you valuable information about your drive, including an estimate on how many miles until the tank is empty.

You can also download the UVO eServices app on your smartphone and check how much gas your ride has before you hit the road. Then, the infotainment system can help you find the closest gas station with the available navigation system.

Plus, if you're low on fuel, SiriusXM® Traffic can give you real time updates on traffic and detours. The navigation system even includes voice command capabilities, so you can find the fastest route to the nearest gas station without taking your eyes off the road.

Test Drive a Kia Forte

Visit Maguire Kia to test drive the stylish and efficient Kia Forte. This sleek compact sedan offers excellent fuel economy and a smooth ride to drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland, NY. To learn more about the 2021 Kia Forte MPG, contact us or visit our dealership.

*EPA 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.


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