The entry level Forte FE comes nicely equipped for the low starting price. Standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, 4-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 3.5-inch LCD information display, rearview camera, dual-zone temperature control, remote keyless entry, forward collision avoidance assist, forward collision warning and Lane keep assist.
The LXS trim add 16-inch alloy wheels, black gloss sport bumper accents, chrome exhaust tips, 60/40 split folding rear seat and Drive Mode Select (DMS), which allows drivers to choose their driving style - Normal, Sport or Comfort.
Moving up to the GT Line trim, the Forte adds 17-inch alloy wheels, gloss black exterior trim accents, a rear decklid spoiler, red accents in the grille, side skirts, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, a flat bottom steering wheel with white contrasting stitching, a blind spot warning system and lane change assist, rear cross traffic warning and heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals.
The EX trim makes the Forte feel like a luxury sedan. Standard features include SOFINO leatherette heated and cooled front seats, 10-way power driver's seat, dual USB charging ports, smart key with push-button start and Smart Trunk. The Smart Trunk feature allows you to stand behind the vehicle with your key and the trunk will automatically open. Additional options include a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, navigation, power sunroof, rear spoiler, smart cruise control and wireless charging.
The GT is the sportiest Forte and is available with either a manual or a 7-speed DCT transmission, to match with the more powerful 1.6L engine. The GT also gets sport tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, a smart key, LED headlights with high beam assist, dual exhaust pipes, red contrasting stitching on the steering wheel and paddle shifters should the buyer opt for the 7-speed transmission.
The Kia Forte puts a high priority on safety and includes many passive and active safety features. Safety features include a suite of airbags, anti-lock brakes with 4-wheel disc brakes, hill start assist, brake assist system, traction control system and electronic stability control.