The Kia Forte lineup earns a lot of praise because the Forte sedan, Forte5 hatch, and Forte Koup coupe offer a lot of features at a low price. The 2017 Forte sedan benefits from a mid-cycle refresh (it was last redesigned for the 2014 model year) and despite our gripes about the current Forte S, it must be said that Kia’s dedication to updating this car reflects pretty well on the company’s commitment to being a serious competitor.
As a side note, the Forte is sized and priced like a compact car (and Kia markets it as one), but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which provides and tracks official fuel economy ratings, considers the Forte a midsize car. As such, when comparing the Forte to competitive vehicles, we kept this in mind.
Now, let’s take a look at the results of our week-long test drive of the 2017 Kia Forte S.