2018 Kia Forte and Forte5
Kia Motors is known for making great vehicles for all types of consumers. Recently, their focus has been placed on stylish and sporty cars, but they have all kinds of models, from sedans to plug-in hybrids. With the 2019 Kia Forte making its debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, a new model is already on the horizon. Made up of two different styles, a compact car and a hatchback, each Forte model lineup comes with their own highlights and desirable features, and both are affordable. Learn more about what makes the Forte lineup so special.
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Each model has three trims. The 2018 Kia Forte has the LX, S, and EX trims; the 2018 Kia Forte 5 has the LX, EX, and SX trims. Both models, the 2018 Kia Forte and 2018 Kia Forte5 share similar designs when it comes to the operation of their engines. The Forte LX and S are powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine, run by an Atkinson Cycle that has better fuel efficiency at the cost of power. This engine generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.
The Kia Forte EX and Forte 5 LX and EX trims run on a 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine without the Atkinson Cycle, able to generate 164 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The 2018 Kia Forte SX runs on a turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine. With the best of both worlds, this engine provides power and fuel efficiency, able to generate 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Engineering and Fuel Economy
Each engine on the Kia Forte and Forte 5 lineups is designed with a Dual Overhead Camshaft (DOHC), Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), and uses either Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) or Multi-Point Injection (MPI). DOHC engine designs split up the work of an engine’s cylinders for the intake of gas and air and the exhaust of the resulting fumes to alleviate mechanical stress and increase performance. D-CVVT is a form of variable valve timing (VVT) technology that alters the frequency of intake and exhaust events to improve engine performance and fuel economy. GDI is a fuel delivery system of injecting highly pressurized fuel directly into an engine’s combustion chamber via its fuel line. MPI injects fuel multiple times directly into the take ports of each cylinder valve.
The 2018 Kia Forte and Forte5 LX trims and EX trims have a standard fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, with the Forte LX, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and the Forte5 LX paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. If paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission, the Kia Forte LX has a fuel economy of 29/37 mpg city/highway. The 2018 Kia Forte5 SX has a standard fuel economy of 25/30 mpg city/highway when paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. If opting in for a 6-speed manual transmission, consumers can expect a fuel economy of 23 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
Standard exterior features one can find on the 2018 Kia Forte lineup are solar control glass to keep the cabin from heating up, heated exterior mirrors, 15-inch steel wheels with full covers, and the option to upgrade to automatic on/off headlights. The Forte S and EX trims have more features available, such as mirrors with LED turn signal indicators, a Smart Trunk that opens in the presence of the key fob, automatic on/off headlights, LED rear combination lamps, and the option to upgrade for a power sunroof. The Forte EX can upgrade for high-intensity discharge (HID) projector beam headlights and dynamic light bending. The Forte S rides on 16-inch alloy wheels with a machine finish, and the Forte EX rides on 17-inch alloy wheels.
The 2018 Kia Forte5 has the following standard exterior features - heated exterior mirrors, solar control glass, 15-inch steel wheels with full covers, and the option to upgrade with automatic on/off headlights, mirror-mounted LED turn signal indicators, welcome lighting with illuminated door handle pocket, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The 2018 Forte5 EX and SX trims have more features and options made available, including automatic on/off headlights and mirror-mounted LED turn signal indicators standard, LED rear combination lamps, with the options to upgrade for a power sunroof, and HID projector beam headlights. The Forte5 EX rides on 17-inch alloy wheels and the Forte5 SX rides on 18-inch alloy wheels.
Consumers will find the following features standard in a 2018 Kia Forte: cloth upholstery, a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and steering wheel-mounted controls for audio and hands-free phone. More features and options open up for the Forte S and EX trims, such as drive mode select for various driving behaviors, Smart Key entry with push-button start and engine immobilizer, dual-zone automatic temperature control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather-wrapped gear shift knob. The EX trim can also upgrade for ventilated front seats, an integrated memory system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support.
Standard inside the 2018 Kia Forte5 are the following features: steering wheel-mounted audio and hands-free phone controls, cloth upholstery, a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The 2018 Kia Forte5 EX and SX have more features available, such as drive mode select, steering wheel paddle shifters for manual gear shifting, Smart Key entry with push-button start and engine immobilizer, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a leather-wrapped gear shift knob. Optional features include dual-zone automatic temperature control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror (EX with HomeLink®), ventilated front seats, an integrated memory system, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support.
Both, the 2018 Kia Forte LX and Forte5 LX come with a Bluetooth Wireless hands-free technology; the Forte LX has a 4-speaker audio system, and the Forte5 LX has a 6-speaker audio system. Both have the option to upgrade to a 7-inch touchscreen with UVO eServices, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, and a rearview camera display. The Forte LX trim can also install tweeter speakers. The 2018 Kia Forte S and EX trims come with tweeter speakers, and the Forte S and EX trims and Forte5 EX and SX trims come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen with UVO eServices, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay, and a rearview camera display. Only the 2018 Kia Forte S and Kia Forte5 EX and SX trims can upgrade to UVO with a voice-command navigation system, SiriusXM Traffic and HD Radio.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Kia Forte and Kia Forte5 have dual-stage front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, vehicle stability and traction control systems, anti-lock braking systems, LATCH anchor child seat tethers, front and rear crumple zones, electronic brake distribution, and brake assist. The 2018 Kia Forte5 EX and SX have the option to upgrade for blind spot detection, lane change assist, and rear cross traffic alert systems. The 2018 Kia Forte can upgrade for blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert systems, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.
All Kia vehicles come with the 10-year or 100,000 mile warranty program which includes: a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000 mile-limited basic warranty and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.