2015 Kia Forte

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Updated on: June 10, 2021

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The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan has been completely redesigned to suit the demands of the current market. The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan is now one of the most desirable sedans for its peppy performance, quality ride and handling, and comfortable interior. Additionally, the present variant of the Kia Forte also offers a series of standard features that improve the ride quality.

The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan is priced at $17,490 and is offered in a 1.8L inline-4 engine that produces a power output of 145hp and provides a torque of 130lb-ft. Additionally, the Kia Forte can accommodate 5 passengers with utmost comfort and offers a combined mileage of 33MPG. The main features of the 2015 Kia Forte Sedan are described in the subsequent sections. 

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Pros

Premium interior

Easy-to-use infotainment system

Powerful engine 

Cons

Below average fuel efficiency

Ride quality sometimes unrefined

What's New?

No major changes


2015 Kia Forte Consumer Reviews and Ratings

7.4

based on 55 ratings


7.5/10 Features
7.3/10 Interiors
7.5/10 Design
7.6/10 Safety
7.3/10 Reliability
7.8/10 Deal Value

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2015 Kia Forte Overall Reviews


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Johnny Kolb

2015 Kia Forte

EX 2dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: June 10, 2021

Never had a month without something going wrong on this one.

Pros - Best features, plenty of interiors space, good warranty period

Cons - Nothing

Midsize marvel It has most of the safety items I wanted. It is not the top of the line but for where it’s at in the lineup the price point was spot on. It's comfortable, fun to drive, has plenty of power, most important is that being my wife's car she likes it. They provided me with a overpriced deal.

6/10
Features
7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
5/10
Dealer Review

RR

Rachel

2015 Kia Forte

EX 2dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

5

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 29, 2021

For the city people.

Pros - Affordacle, good list of standard equipment, roomy cabin

Cons - Middling highway performance, low payload

Budget commuter. This thing ain't pulling with four people on board. The engine is too weak for that. Just two; if you don't wanna strain it. Yeah I know that you won't find a better car than this under 20 grand and believe me when I say this! I've done my research. If you plan on sticking to the city limits, this car would be your best bet; it even gets a cruise control function and a freakin' sunroof! I really doubt its higways performance especially having done half a dozen long distance trip with my friends on this car. I love everything about this dealership! From Clarence being my salesrep all the way to Marvin in finance! Best car buying experience ever

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
6/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

CC

Curtis

2015 Kia Forte

LX 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6M)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 14, 2021

Performance beast

Pros - Spacious interior for both and coupe Many upscale features available

Cons - Ride quality sometimes unrefined Middling frontal impact safety scores.

Buy an Avalon or Camry instead! The turbocharged engine provides a peppy acceleration. The CVT does make me miss the manual stick. Light, accurate steering along with punchy acceleration makes it exhilarating to drive. Scott was great throughout the process, answering phone calls and texts without an hiccup! Great place to buy!

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$15890

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

131 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

145 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

130 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

179.5 in.

width

70.1 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

2804 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

96.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

1032 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/30/37 mpg

highway range

488.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX $15,890 onwards

145 hp @ 6500 rpm | 1.8 L | Inline 4 | regular unleaded

  • Cloth Seat Trim
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

EX $19,390 onwards

173 hp @ 6500 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | regular unleaded

  • 16" silver Aluminum Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning
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Colors and Styles

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.9

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


The 2015 Forte is one of the most affordable sedans offered by Kia. Satrting at a base price of around $17,000 the Forte is available in multiple engine options that provide a wide range of performance from this sedan. The power output from these options can range from 148 hp to 201 hp, while still maintaining great fuel economy. There are no major changes in this year's model as the previous year saw a complete redesign of the vehicle. Thus we see the Forte competing with the likes of Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic. 

2015 Kia Forte Sedan Three Quarter View
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Rear Three Quarter View

9.0/10
Pricing and Features

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.9/10
Safety


2015 Kia Forte Pricing and Features

9.0/10

The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan is offered in two trims, namely the LX and EX trims, which provide a series of features and optional packages that can be customized according to one’s choices. The sticker price of the base variant is $17,490 while the top-end EX trim is available for $19,390.

Trims

LX

EX

MSRP

$17,490

$19,390

Features

15-inch steel wheels

keyless entry

 

four-speaker sound system

Six-speaker sound system

 

trip computer

upgraded seat trim

 

60/40-split-folding rear seat

leather upholstery

 

USB/iPod interface

an auto-dimming rearview mirror

 

auxiliary input jack

LED taillights

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It would be wise to opt for the EX trim as it is quite impressive and offers a lot more advanced and enhanced features than the base trim. Additionally, the EX trim comes with a wide range of options in order to facilitate smooth customization. Even though the engine remains the same in two trims, the added comfort features do make a difference in the sedan. 

2015 Kia Forte Engine and Performance

7.8/10

The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan is offered in a 1.8L Inline-4 engine that facilitates the power output of 145hp and provides a torque of 130lb-ft. The engine ensures that the ride in the Kia Forte is powerful, smooth, and comfortable, without feeling too harsh on the bumpy roads. The handling of the car is quite steady and allows the driver to gain easy maneuverability over the vehicle. 

2015 Kia Forte Sedan Engine Bay

The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan comes with a front-wheel-drive drivetrain that is mated to a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission. This influences the acceleration speed of the Kia Forte, making it responsive and quick. The Kia Forte offers a quite decent acceleration with fast speed. The 2015 Kia Forte sprints from 0-60MPH in 7.6 seconds and reaches its quarter-mile in 16.0 seconds. 

Model

Kia Forte Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

MSRP

$17,490

$20,095

$19,290

Engine

1.8L Inline-4

1.4L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

6 Speed Shiftable Automatic

CVT

Power

145hp@6500rpm

138hp@4900rpm

143hp@6500rpm

Torque

130lb-ft@4700rpm

148lb-ft@1850rpm

129lb-ft@4300rpm

0-60 (MPH) (seconds)

7.6

8.0

8.2

Quarter Mile (MPH) (second)

16.0

14.8

15.0

Top Speed

131 MPH

118MPH

124MPH

From the data, it becomes evident that it is the Kia Forte that is relatively more powerful than its rivals in the section. It is also the fastest car in the segment. The Honda Civic comes second in terms of power but its acceleration is the weakest among its rivals, making it the slowest car. The Chevrolet Cruze Sedan is the least powerful car but it offers the maximum torque. 

2015 Kia Forte Fuel Economy

8.0/10

It is unwise to expect a decent mileage from Kia, and the 2015 Kia Forte Sedan proves it. The 2015 Kia Forte offers a weak mileage, which is sure to incur a loss to the owners in terms of fuel consumption. The 2015 Kia Forte has a fuel capacity of 13.2 gallons and offers 26MPG within city limits, 39MPG on the highways, and a combined mileage of 31MPG. These figures further indicate that the fuel economy of the Kia Forte is indeed disappointing as these figures are below average for the segment. 

Model

Kia Forte Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

MPG (City)

26

26

30

MPG (Highway)

39

38

39

MPG (Combined)

31

30

33

Range 

343.2/514.8/N/A

405.6/592.8/N/A

396.0/514.8/N/A

Fuel Capacity

13.2

15.6

13.2

In the aspect of fuel economy, we find that it is the Honda Civic Sedan that offers the maximum individual mileage comparison to its rivals. The Kia Forte and the Chevrolet Cruze are engaged in a neck-to-neck competition, but it is the Kia Forte that offers better individual mileage, whereas the Chevrolet Cruze offers the best range on the highway in this segment.

2015 Kia Forte Interior

8.2/10

The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan has received praises for improving upon its interior and providing quite a structural and gorgeous interior that espouses practicality with style. The interior of the 2015 Kia Forte is elegant, and it gets only better as one moves up the trims with the addition of advanced features and optional packages. 

2015 Kia Forte Sedan Driving Seat

The cabin is well lit and is carefully curated with a mixture of hard plastics that don’t look cheap but rather adds to the quality and integrity of the cabin. The cabin now looks refined and gives an upscale feel to its buyers. In terms of seating, the 2015 Kia Forte can easily accommodate 5 occupants with comfortable front row seats, but the rear row seats are deemed unsuitable for taller passengers. 

Model

Kia Forte Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

39.1/56.1/42.2

39.3/54.8/42.3

39.0/56.6/42.0

Second Row (Head/Shoulders/Legs) (.in)

37.3/54.9/35.9

37.9/53.9/35.4

37.1/53.3/36.2

Cargo Capacity (Cu. Ft)

14.9

15.0

12.5

The data is indicative of the fact that the Chevrolet Cruze offers the maximum interior space and comfort to its occupants. It also offers the maximum storage capacity. The Kia Forte comes second, whereas the Honda Civic loses out to its rivals for offering the least interior seating and comfort. The rear seats of the Honda Civic feel cramped, also, it offers the least cargo capacity. The main interior features of the 2015 Kia Forte Sedan include:

  • Audio And Cruise Controls On Steering Wheel
  • Front and Rear Cupholders
  • Electric Power Steering
  • Dual Vanity Mirrors
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Interior Air Filtration

How intuitive is the infotainment system?

The infotainment features of the 2015 Kia Forte Sedan comes along with a 7.0 UVO touchscreen display that hosts a majority of its features. Most of the essential infotainment features required to make the ride entertaining for the occupants come as standard.

2015 Kia Forte Sedan Infotainment System

The features included are quite responsive and easily accessible. The features are intuitive and easy to use in addition to being of the best quality. The main infotainment features of the 2015 Kia Forte Sedan Sedan include:

  • Smartphone Integration
  • Bluetooth
  • USB Ports
  • Satellite Radio
  • CD Player
  • Voice Recognition 
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Interior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Interior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Interior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Interior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Interior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Interior

2015 Kia Forte Exterior

8.0/10

The exteriors of the 2015 Kia Forte can be best described as being stunning, and the minor upgrades it has received in terms of upgraded design and dimensions have made the Kia Forte appear dominating. The dimensions of the 2015 Kia Forte have made it appear a very proportionate sedan, which further enhances the way it looks. 

2015 Kia Forte Sedan Side View

In terms of styling, the side and quarters of the Forte is a knockout. The rake of the front end is almost sports-car-like and includes a roofline that arcs slowly and gracefully towards the stubby, near-vertical trim piece at the back of the side glass that visually brackets the passenger space. Overall, the design adds to the charm of the Kia Forte. 

Model

Kia Forte Sedan

Chevrolet Cruze Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Curb Weight (lbs)

2844

3118

2811

Length (.in)

179.5

181.0

179.4

Width (.in)

70.1

70.7

69.0

Height (.in)

56.3

58.1

56.5

Wheelbase (.in)

106.3

105.7

105.1

Ground Clearance (.in)

5.3

6.4

8.1

From the data, it is evident that the Chevrolet Cruze is the relatively bigger car in this segment in comparison to its rivals. Moreover, it is also the heaviest car in the segment. The Kia Forte comes second. However, it is only minutely bigger than the Honda Civic but it offers the maximum wheelbase. The Honda Civic Sedan comes last in this segment. It is a relatively smaller car but it offers the maximum ground clearance. The main exterior features of the 2015 Kia Forte Sedan include:

  • Sunroof
  • Chrome Fenders
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear Spoilers
  • LED Headlamps
  • Metallic Tailgates
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Exterior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Exterior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Exterior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Exterior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Exterior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Exterior
2015 Kia Forte Sedan Exterior

2015 Kia Forte Safety

7.9/10

Safety is one aspect in which the 2015 Kia Forte Sedan is sure to fare well. The brand has consciously attempted to include all the essential and desirable safety features into its models. The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan has received a 5-star rating from the NHTSA, and the IIHS has certified the safety features of the Kia Forte as “Good”.

2015 Kia Forte Sedan Crash Test

The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan includes a plethora of safety features such as airbags, stability control, emergency braking assist, and so on. The main safety features of the 2015 Kia Forte Sedan include:

  • Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Traction Control
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Forward Lane Collision 
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Post-Collision Safety Systety

2015 Kia Forte Final Verdict

The 2015 Kia Forte Sedan is a decent car that you can rely upon for your everyday commute. The performance of the engine is quite simple, and it is unwise to expect anything thrilling or interesting from the Kia Forte. The interior is subtle yet classy and is filled with limited features, but one can always customize it according to one’s wishes. 

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Top User Reviews

7

User Overall Rating

Never had a month without something going wrong on this one.

Midsize marvel

by Johnny Kolb

5

User Overall Rating

For the city people.

Budget commuter.

by Rachel

8

User Overall Rating

Performance beast

Buy an Avalon or Camry instead!

by Curtis

8

User Overall Rating

Nice ride

Affordable car

by Thomas

7

User Overall Rating

Can't complain

Provides decent value

by Melissa Hayes

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