What the 2021 Kia Forte Provides Escondido Drivers

The Forte, a compact sedan from Kia, is still going strong, three production cycles into its existence. The Kia Forte is so popular amongst Carlsbad drivers thanks to its combination of attractive styling, exceptional gas mileage, a sizeable amount of interior space, and a lot of standard tech features. San Diego area shoppers can choose from the 2021 Forte's FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT models.

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Typically, the 2021 Kia Forte joins a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission for remarkable acceleration and exciting gear shifting. The LXS, GT-Line, and GT have a continuously variable transmission instead for more convenient gear shifting.

The performance-maximized GT gets a lean-and-mean 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged I4 with either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters or the six-speed manual transmission. The Forte can be configured to produce up to 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, which are excellent numbers for a small car.


The 2021 Kia Forte has two rows of woven cloth-trimmed seats for up to five people. Passenger volume is measured at up to 96 cubic feet (without a sunroof), and cargo volume is measured at 15.3 cubic feet. At the LXS trim level, the Forte's rear seats can be folded down to expand cargo space into the cabin, and the urethane steering wheel is replaced by a leather-wrapped flat-bottom one for a sportier feel.

At the GT-Line trim level, woven cloth seats give way to sport cloth-and-synthetic leather seats with white contrast stitching. The luxury-oriented EX gets synthetic leather seat trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, front-seat heating and cooling, and 10-way power adjustability on the driver's seat. Only the performance-optimized GT has red contrast stitching, which is applied on its flat-bottom steering wheel and cloth-and-synthetic leather seats.

Comfort and Convenience

Remote keyless entry on the 2021 Kia Forte enables access by simply pressing the key fob button. For infotainment, the car combines a four-speaker AM/FM stereo system, Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, a USB port and an audio jack for playing media from mobile devices, and an 8-inch touchscreen. A 3.5-inch TFT LCD digital instrument cluster displays vital driver information.

At the GT-Line, the Forte gains two additional speakers, as well as an upgrade to proximity keyless entry with push-button engine start for easier access and engine starting, respectively. The EX comes with a handful of upgrades, including dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, two USB ports for charging mobile devices, an HD Radio receiver for digital tuning, and a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio, and an eight-speaker 320-watt Harman Kardon audio system. However, note that the top-of-the-line GT does not get the Harman Kardon audio system but reverts to the six-speaker setup standard on the GT-Line.


At the base level, the 2021 Forte has substantial driver assistance, with technologies such as a rearview camera, cruise control, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and driver attention warning. If there's a crash, however, the Forte can deploy any of its six airbags.

Go with the LXS or higher if you need more driver assistance; this trim level introduces lane change assist, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. A more robust theft-deterrent system-an engine immobilizer joins the previously mentioned proximity keyless entry system-is standard on the GT-Line, EX, and GT.

Learn More About the Kia Forte at North County Kia

If you are in the Escondido area, stop by North County Kia in Escondido today for a test drive. One of our specialists will be available to assist you. In the meantime, feel free to learn how you can customize your deal and peruse more of our new inventory before stopping by today!

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