The Kia Forte Continues to be a Remarkable Compact Car

Combining attractive exterior lines, exceptional fuel economy, several tech features, and potent powertrain configurations, the Kia Forte continues to be a top-level choice in the compact car segment. The new Kia Forte is available to Daytona Beach area shoppers in trim levels that consist of the FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT.


The standard powertrain on the Kia Forte consists of a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine and a six-speed manual transmission for merging peppy acceleration with an exciting road feel. The LXS, GT-Line, and GT swap the six-speed manual with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) for more convenient gear shifting. The top-of-the-line GT stands out with its leaner and more powerful 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged I4, which can be tied to either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters or the six-speed manual gearbox. Pair the 2.0-liter I4 on the base-level FE with the available CVT for an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway.

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The new Kia Forte presents two rows of woven cloth-trimmed seats for up to five people, with up to 96 cubic feet of passenger volume. Cargo volume is measured at 15.3 cubic feet. The front seats have six-way manual adjustability, with the ability to fold down the rear ones to expand cargo space if you go with the LXS or higher. Also gained at the LXS trim level is a leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering wheel (instead of a urethane one).

The GT-Line gains sport cloth-and-synthetic leather seats with white contrast stitching, and the luxury-minded EX gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, and 10-way power adjustability on the driver's seat. The top-level GT replaces the white contrast stitching on its flat-bottom steering wheel and cloth-and-synthetic leather seats with red contrast stitching.

Comfort and Convenience

For infotainment, the Kia Forte presents a combination of four-speaker AM/FM stereo system, Bluetooth® hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, a USB port and an audio jack for playing media from mobile devices, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration, and an eight-inch touchscreen. A 3.5-inch TFT LCD screen displays vital driver information, and cruise control helps keep you at a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. Remote keyless entry enables access by simply pressing the key fob button for unlocking doors.

Kia adds two speakers on the GT-Line to create a six-speaker sound system. Another upgrade for Ocala drivers is proximity keyless entry with push-button engine start for easier access and engine starting. However, for a true leap in upgrades, go for the EX, which comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, two additional USB ports for charging mobile devices, an eight-speaker 320-watt Harman Kardon® audio system with HD Radio and a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio. The GT reverts to the six-speaker setup that's standard on the GT-Line.

Kia Safety


Driver assistance on the 2021 Kia Forte is substantial, with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning as standard. Six airbags-two frontal impact, two side impact, and two side curtain airbags-are on board for protecting occupants if there's a collision. Upgrade to the LXS or higher to add lane change assist to work with lane departure warning and lane keeping assist, as well as a blind-spot monitoring system with rear cross-traffic alert. The G-Line or higher adds an engine immobilizer to team up with proximity keyless entry to create a theft-deterrent system.

Available Trim Levels in Deland, FL

  • Forte FE is the base model of the Kia.
  • Forte LXS automatically has the CVT along with alloy wheels and a 60/40-split rear seat that folds to add more storage space.
  • Forte GT-Line adds fog lights, LED daytime running lights and taillights to the exterior. The side mirrors are heated and power-adjustable. The interior features sport upholstery on the seats and leatherette bolsters plus contrast stitching. The flat-bottom steering wheel is encased in leather.
  • Forte EX models upgrade the cabin with a power-adjustable driver's seat. The front seats are heated and ventilated. The steering wheel is wrapped in leather.
  • Forte GT represents the top line of all the models. The rear suspension is sport-tuned. The front end features LED headlights while the rear has dual exhaust.

Schedule A Test Drive Near Orlando

The new Kia Forte is available to test-drive at Deland Kia in Deland, FL. Call us to set up an appointment with one of our Kia specialists to get your new Kia today!

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