2021 Kia Forte MPG Ratings

July 8th, 2021 by

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The 2021 Kia Forte is a popular option among drivers who are looking for a commuter car. Besides being easy to drive and highly reliable, this compact car can also help you save money and make a positive impact on the environment with its outstanding fuel economy. Check out this comprehensive guide to Kia Forte gas mileage ratings and schedule a test drive to see how far the Forte can take you.


2021 Kia Forte Performance Features & Engines

Let’s take a look at specific performance specs that can affect the fuel efficiency of the Kia Forte. The gas mileage of this compact car may vary depending on which trim level you choose. The Forte trim lineup for the 2021 model year comprises five different trim levels: the entry-level FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and the top-spec GT.

Most trims of the Kia Forte come equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 147 horsepower. This engine provides sufficient power for daily driving and the occasional long-distance trip. However, it’s primarily meant for fuel efficiency rather than performance. If you want a more energetic driving experience, you should go for the GT trim. This model features a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine that produces 201 horsepower, which is plenty for a small car. It can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.7 seconds, making it one of the quickest cars in its segment.

Another factor that can have an impact on the fuel economy of the Kia Forte is its transmission. If you choose the FE trim, you’ll get a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. For better fuel efficiency, you can opt for the optional continuously variable transmission. The LXS, GT-Line, and EX offer only one transmission option, which is the continuously variable transmission. The turbocharged engine of the GT pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or optionally with a six-speed manual.

2021 Kia Forte FE MPG Ratings

Regardless of which trim level you choose, the 2021 Kia Forte delivers better fuel economy ratings than many other compact cars. If you truly want to keep your fuel costs low, you should consider buying the Forte FE with the optional continuously variable transmission. This model is the most fuel-efficient in the entire Forte lineup, earning 31/41 mpg (city/highway) or 35 mpg combined. When it’s fitted with the standard six-speed manual transmission, it returns 27/37 mpg or 31 mpg combined.*

2021 Kia Forte LX, GT-Line, EX MPG Ratings

Since they’re equipped with the same engine and transmission, the LX, GT-Line, and EX have the same fuel-economy ratings. Their continuously variable transmission enables them to achieve an impressive 29/40 mpg or 33 mpg combined.*

While it offers greater driving excitement, the performance-oriented GT is less fuel-efficient than its stablemates. With the standard seven-speed automatic transmission, it gives you 27/35 mpg or 30 mpg combined, which is still respectable. Opting for the six-speed manual transmission results in slightly lower ratings of 25/32 mpg or 28 mpg combined.*

2021 Kia Forte Features & Interior

Excellent fuel economy is only one of the many reasons why the 2021 Kia Forte is so highly sought-after. This car also has a stylish, spacious, and well-appointed cabin to provide you and your passengers with a truly pleasant ride. Its cabin looks and feels upscale with its contemporary design and abundance of high-quality materials.

The seats in the Forte offer adequate legroom and headroom for even tall adults in both rows, which is uncommon for a compact car. They’re also cushioned, bolstered, and nicely contoured, providing day-long comfort for you and your passengers. You can either stay with the standard cloth upholstery and six-way manual front seats or opt for available upgrades such as sport cloth seats with contrast stitching, synthetic leather-trimmed upholstery, a 10-way power driver’s seat, ventilated and heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push-button start, remote start, proximity keyless entry, and a sunroof.

If you plan to carry a lot of cargo on a regular basis, you’ll be glad to know that the Kia Forte has one of the largest trunks in its segment. It offers 15.3 cubic feet of storage in its trunk, which is enough for two or three full-size suitcases or five or six carry-on bags. Other than the base trim, every Forte model comes with split-folding rear seats to provide flexible storage.

One of the main highlights of the 2021 Kia Forte is its generous list of standard infotainment features. At the minimum, every trim level of this Kia model is equipped with an easy-to-use UVO infotainment system, an 8-inch touch-screen display, a four-speaker audio system, a USB port, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth. Moving up the trim ladder opens up available features such as two extra USB ports, wireless device charging, navigation, HD radio, satellite radio, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system.

The Forte also offers a nice selection of standard driver-assistance systems to reduce your risk of getting into an accident. These technologies include automatic emergency braking, forward-collision alert, driver-attention monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, lane-departure alert, and a rearview camera. If you want to further improve your safety on the road, you can get optional features such as pedestrian monitoring, blind-spot detection, high-beam assistance, lane-changing assistance, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic warning, and rear parking sensors.

Test Drive The Kia Forte Sedan Yourself at Kia of Streetsboro

If you’re looking for a new car that can serve you well for a long time, the Kia Forte is one of the best options. This car has a higher predicted reliability rating than most competitor sedans. Additionally, the Forte comes with one of the longest warranties in the automotive industry. As the owner, you’ll receive a basic warranty that covers you for five years or 60,000 miles and a powertrain warranty that lasts for 10 years or 100,000 miles.

With its competitive pricing, great fuel efficiency, exceptional reliability, and extensive standard features, the 2021 Kia Forte offers better value for money than most compact cars on the market. If you want to know whether the Forte can meet your needs and preferences, consider stopping by Kia of Streetsboro for a test drive. Contact us today to make an appointment.


*2021 EPA estimated for comparison use only, mileage may vary

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