2018 Kia Forte Ft Lauderdale FL

2018 Kia Forte
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2018 Kia Forte at Phil Smith Kia

If you are looking for a versatile vehicle that also offers a comfortable cabin and a stylish and attractive exterior look no further because the 2018 Kia Forte is the one for you! To cater to even more drivers the Forte is offered in two body styles: a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. No matter which body style you choose your passengers will have plenty of room for all their cargo and to spread out! New enhancements for the 2018 model year include standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and cruise control for the entry-level trim level! Check out the rest of our 2018 Kia Forte review to learn all about this vehicle's engine options, trim levels and features, and safety equipment!

Engine Performance

  • 2.0-liter 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 1.6-liter Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine
  • 3 Transmission Options

Safety Features

  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones
  • LATCH System

Vehicle Design

  • 7-Inch Touchscreen
  • USB Connectivity
  • Bluetooth Connectivity

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What kind of trim levels are available for the 2018 model year?

The Forte is offered in three sedan trim levels (LX, S, and EX)and three hatchback -- also known as the Forte5 -- trim levels (LX, EX, and SX). The LX starts things off with features like an auxiliary audio jack, 15-inch steel wheels, USB connectivity, heated mirrors, satellite radio, air conditioning, four-speaker sound system, a trip computer, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth connectivity, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a rear seat with 60/40 split folding. The S sedan comes with features like a 7-inch touchscreen, LED running lights, a leather-wrapped shift knob and steering wheel, a chrome exhaust outlet, a sport-tuned suspension, and adjustable drive modes. The highest hatchback trim level, the SX, adds sporty front and rear styling, 18-inch wheels, dual exhaust tips, and a sport-tuned suspension. For even more features there are packages available for almost every trim level, so you can create the perfect vehicle for all your needs.

What kind of powertrain options are available for the Forte?

There are three powertrain options available for the 2018 model year. The first option is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that creates 132 pound-feet of torque and 147 horsepower. This engine powers the sedan models and can be paired with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The EPA has estimated that this engine can get up to 34 miles to the gallon with highway driving and 25 miles to the gallon in the city with the manual transmission. The second engine option powers the LX and EX hatchback models. Underneath the hood, you will find a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that creates 151 pound-feet of torque and 164 horsepower. This engine can achieve 34 miles to the gallon as well! The third engine available powers the SX hatchback model. This 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder pumps out 195 pound-feet of torque and 201 horsepower and can be paired with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

What type of safety features are standard for 2018?

Kia strives to create vehicles that are safe and reliable! That's why all Forte models are outfitted with passive safety features like advanced airbags with high-tech sensors that help control the airbag's inflation, detect the level of impact and whether or not a passenger is present. Three-point seat belts are also in place for every passenger and smaller passengers benefit from the LATCH system to properly install child safety seats and rear child door locks. Other standard safety features include an internal emergency trunk release, an impact-absorbing steering column, front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams, hill start assist control, a traction control system, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, and an anti-lock braking system.

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Final Thoughts on the 2018 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is a great choice for a variety of drivers thanks to its incredible versatility, two body styles, and interior features! Want to learn more about this sedan or hatchback? Give our sales team a call to set up a time to chat or come on down and talk to them in person at the dealership today! You can also fill out the contact form below and we will be in touch with you.

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