2016 Kia Forte Release Date and Review

2016 Kia Forte Release Date, Interior, Specs, Price, Review – With the release of the new 2016 Kia Fort vehicle drivers get a lot of exterior comfortness and some immense curb comfort specs. But the lack of a high interior luxury package and some advanced safety features keep it from becoming a much highly priced vehicle. But even with the said shortcoming it does not mean that the Forte is a bad vehicle just that there is some room for it to grow in the future.

2016 Kia Forte
2016 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte maybe best compared with its larger sibling, which is the Kia Optima, but it only borrows a certain level of features from it. Instead the Forte carries on with its own style and sense of craftsmanship. Its styling finesse is combined with its great nimble driving ability and personality. It also adds a very value minded set of amenities and accessories to it.

2016 Kia Forte rear angle, grille and headlights

The 2016 makes a lot of sense from the style and value perspective, but it lacks to fulfill the needed standard and the level of the current safety requirements. Its features are a bit out of date and can be replaced with something that all of the modern cars today come as a standard. With the new car on the way after this one we assume that all of that has been checked and resolved and that we will be able to see a new and safer Forte, but for now check the review to see what you can expect from the latest product coming from Kia.

2016 Kia Forte rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

2016 Kia Forte exterior

A few model years ago, Kia decided to make its Forte look a bit sporty. They have managed to redesign by incorporating an elongated roofline and a longer and much more arched profile. The sheetmetal was much more sculptured and it resulted with the Forte getting some very nice and very appealing sports looks. This design has been retained since then and transfers to the 2016 model of the Forte. This is one of the strengths of the vehicle and something that will be a major addition to the future models to come as well. The Forte also offers the Koup two door version and also a five-door hatchback. But the standard version is something that is adapted to the styling and the dimensions well and what is also the best level of the car available now.

2016 Kia Forte front
2016 Kia Forte front

The rake of the front end of the Kia Forte is sports-like while the roofline gracefully arcs over the car and has a stubby, vertical trim piece placed at the back as well. The sideglass kind of a dips of the side view mirror, which is a common design feature at the hatch vehicle which have a modern design. There is also a thin slip of chrome that surrounds the otherwise narrow behind of the car and is a good element but it does not bring anything special as the additions on the front of the car do. Nevertheless, the bottom line is that you get a completely new and handsome design of the car for the upcoming model year.

2016 Kia Forte back
2016 Kia Forte back


Inside the car continues with a straightforward design which makes the 2016 Kia Forte adopt a look that is seen in some of the top sport sedan design. The inside has a split console design which cuts down from the bulky center stack. The bank of the controls now features some better materials as it uses some better plastic and finishes it off with a metallic trim.

2016 Kia Forte interior
2016 Kia Forte interior

The entire cockpit incorporates some high-grade plastics and combine it with large analogue gauges. The design of the climate-control knobs and covered console storage with the sturdy and rounded elements accounts for the better part of the inside and design of the car. The layout is pretty much clean and easy to use and it does not cause any confusion that way and the infotainment features blend with these characteristics to result with a pretty much upscale look of the inside.

2016 Kia Forte leather seats ans steering wheel


There are two engine options available inside the Kia Forte car now. The 2016 models offer you a choice between the 1.8-liter, for the LX trim, and 2.0-liter four option, available for the EX models. The former engine has the capacity of making 145-horsepower while the performance of the later engine is measured at 173-hp. The second engine option is a far better choice of you ask us as it provides a much more confident performance and some relaxed tuning abilities. Both types get a front-wheel drive system and both use the  six-speed automatic transmission, but the EX model makes much better use of them and provides better specs and performances. Currently only the EPA ratings for the 1.8 liter engine are available and they amount to 26 mpg city, 39 highway, or 31 mpg combined.

2016 Kia Forte engine


Wheelbase: 8 ft. 10.3 in. (106.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 11.5 in. (179.5 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.1 in. (70.1 in.)
Passenger volume: 96.2 ft³
Cargo volume: 14.9 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 2804 lbs.
Top Speed: 134 mph
0-60: 7.4 sec
MPG: 26/39 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Aurora Black, Clear White, Crimson Red, Silky Silver, Steel Blue…
Towing Capacity: N/A

Price and release date

The 2016 Kia Forte can be labeled as one of the more suitable and affordable car options as its base MSRP price amounts to only 15,900 dollars for the LX, the EX is on the other hand priced 19,990. The car gets to be released next year with a released date set in February. The segment is already filled with a variety of upscale models that may pose to be a more famous threat, as the cars that the Forte competes against are the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza and Toyota Corolla.

2016 Kia Forte exterior, side view