The 2018 Kia Forte family encompasses different powertrains and body styles. Nimble driving, a stylish design, and a value-focused feature set are common to the entire line, and these characteristics help the name stand out in a crowded market. Kia dealerships near Rio Rancho like the 2018 Kia Forte near Rio Rancho NM for its great fuel economy and spacious interior. Read on to learn what else makes it such a good buy.



New for 2018

Back for this year are the base LX, intermediate S, and top-of-the-line EX trims. As of last year, the Koup model was discontinued. Kia seems to be aiming for greater synergy between the Forte, Sportage, and Sorento lines. They've brought a revamped direct injection engine and additional safety features to some models, and they've added the sporty Forte S to the lineup. The 2018 Forte offers a compelling value for the price, and it's a worthy contender in its segment.


A Striking Shape

Kia's compact Forte is offered in hatchback and sedan forms, with the sedan giving the line the greatest advantage. With last year's redesign, the Forte got a bit longer and wider, but no taller. That works particularly well with the vehicle's elongated roofline and overall profile. The 2018 Forte has the same bumper as last year, and it also has a lower grille that blends into the headlights. The taillights have also undergone a redesign and offer optional LEDs.


A New Interior

The interior of the 2018 Kia Forte near Rio Rancho NM feels more straightforward than those found on Kia's bigger vehicles. It provides a sporty feel, with a clean, efficient layout, an effective infotainment system, a full selection of analog gauges, and a sprinkling of sport sedan style. Visit Rio Rancho Kia Dealers to see the Forte in person.


Engine Choices

Last year the 1.8L inline four-cylinder was removed from the lineup, and it's the same this year. The Forte has two engine options. Both are 2.0L inline fours, but that's all they have in common. The S and LX models get an iron-block engine, while the EX comes with a 2.0L that includes direct injection and an aluminum block. Most models in the 2018 Forte lineup get a six-speed auto gearbox, although the six-speed manual comes standard on the base model.



This year's fuel efficiency ratings are improved, and they're competitive in the market segment. The EPA gives the LX with the manual transmission a fuel economy rating of 25/34 city/highway, while the automatic S and LX models get 29/38. This year's Forte offers ample power for city and highway driving. The four-cylinder engine is energetic, and the six-speed automatic transmission provides well-timed, smooth shifts.



During a test drive, the Forte's drivetrain may bring on a wave of nostalgia, as it reminds some drivers of the best compact cars from the 1990s. The four-cylinder engine is vibration-free, and the car handles well for its class. The suspension manages to cancel out some road bumps, but some noise can be noticeable at higher speeds. However, that doesn't detract from the Forte's overall drivability.


Back Seat Space

The Forte is still a compact car with a low, long roofline, and that forces backseat passengers to make some compromises. While exit and entry can be hard for taller passengers, legroom is ample and above average for the class.


Interior Touches

Although the 2018 Forte may not be the industry's most refined ride, it has come a long way in terms of details, materials, and cabin trims. Buyers will find higher-grade materials, sturdier control knobs, and a covered storage bin in the center console. The 2018 models have upgraded upholstery, and the Forte S has black cloth seat covers that include contrast stitching.


A Great Value for the Money

The 2017 Forte has some new active safety features, such as auto emergency braking, rear cross traffic alerts, front collision warnings, dynamic headlights, and lane change assistance. This year's model is expected to have a front impact rating of four stars, which is an improvement over previous years.



The 2018 Forte EX and S models have a seven-inch touchscreen as part of the UVO infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions allow users to access certain smartphone functions, such as music streaming and text messaging, through the Forte's infotainment interface. Forte models all come with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, keyless entry, and AC, and there's an optional power moonroof to consider.

In the past, economy and compact car buyers were forced to settle for the basics, but the 2018 Forte proves that we're in a new age of affordable transportation. The sedan and hatchback easily exceed many buyers' expectations with their great looks, good fuel economy, and the latest features. If a buyer wants value without sacrifice, the Kia Forte is the way to go. Visit our Kia Forte Rio Rancho area Dealerships to find out more, or come by to test drive a Kia today.  

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