The Kia Forte is a stylish compact sedan that delivers a fun drive with lots of features. So, how much can you rely on it long-term? Maguire Kia finds out. To show drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton all the ways you can trust it to be a dependable option, we looked at the Kia Forte reliability. 

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Kia Forte Specs

The Kia Forte is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that gets up to 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. It's designed to run efficiently with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). This helps it get up an EPA-estimated 31 MPG city and 41 MPG highway[i].

This standard powertrain offers two exciting options for the transmission. The first is a traditional 6-speed manual, while the second is a quick-shifting Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).

Kia Forte Safety

The 2019 Kia Forte delivers a safe and dependable drive with a reinforced body structure. Its frame is made with high-strength steel and features strong, side-impact door beams. Both the front and rear crumple zones are designed to absorb the force from a collision and direct it away from the cabin.

Inside, there's an impact-absorbing steering column and six airbags, including full-length side curtain airbags. Both rows of seats can strap in tightly too with Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) in the back seat and front seat belt pretensioners.

To give you more awareness during your drive, there are lots of driver assistance features that can prevent accidents before they occur. Some of the technology that'll be looking out for your sedan includes:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Driver Attention Warning

With its safe design, airbag system, reliable seat belts, and driver assistance features, the Kia Forte has been named a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

Kia Forte Interior

You can also count on the 2019 Kia Forte to provide you with a comfortable drive. It has seating for up to five people with 96.0 cubic feet of passenger room and lots of space in the trunk with 15.3 cubic feet of cargo room. Whether you're behind the wheel or riding in back, there's plenty of room to stretch your legs.





38.8 inches

37.5 inches


42.2 inches

35.7 inches

Shoulder Room

56.1 inches

55.3 inches

Hip Room

53.0 inches

51.1 inches


On top of being comfortable, the Kia Forte gives everyone a fun ride too with a user-friendly infotainment system. The 8-inch touchscreen in the dashboard is Bluetooth® compatible for streaming music and making hands-free phone calls, plus it can sync with your favorite smartphone apps through Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™.

Test Drive the Kia Forte

Contact Maguire Kia to test drive the dependable Kia Forte. It offers a safe, comfortable, and efficient performance to drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton. To learn more about the 2019 Kia Forte reliability, contact us or visit our dealership.

[i] 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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