The 2022 Kia Forte Is the Least Satisfying New Car, Says Consumer Reports

  • The 2022 Kia Forte is one of the worst cars tested by Consumer Reports
  • The Forte suffers from poor reliability and ride comfort
  • Kia offers a killer warranty that you’ll need if you buy a Forte

You’ve probably heard that a new car, or a used car, is the next largest purchase you’ll make after buying a home. If housing costs are any indication, that still holds true. So, you’d hope that new whip delivers right? Consumer Reports took a look at the cars that didn’t. Unfortunately for Kia, the 2022 Kia Forte is the first item on the list.

A grey 2022 Kia Forte, one of Consumer Reports' picks for the worst new cars, shot from the front 3/4 in silver
The 2022 Forte may not have much going for it | Kia

Consumer Reports says the 2022 Kia Forte… kinda sucks

The layout of Consumer Reports’ website is heavily color-coded. Green good, red bad; that sort of thing. So, when we look at a car and see red, it’s not because we’re angry, it’s because the car isn’t great. There’s a lot of red on the 2022 Kia Forte page on CR’s site. The brand rates cars on a scale, with 0 being the worst car of all time and 100 being, well, not the Forte. That scored a lowly 39/100. Looks a lot like my high school report card.

The first and most notable issue is that of the new Kia’s reliability. Consumer Reports rates this on a scale of 1-5, and combines aggregate data from thousands of buyers to come up with the score. The Forte? It got a 1/5. That means lots of owners are having lots of problems. From the look of things, that’s mostly due to the transmission and overall build quality.

Is the Kia Forte worth it?

The black interior of the Forte with red  contrast piping and stitching
The Forte’s interior at least looks nice | Kia

Predictably, reliability heavily influences Consumer Reports’ owner satisfaction category. If your Kia sedan isn’t reliable, you’re probably not going to like it very much. Like reliability, the 2022 Kia Forte landed a 1/5 score here. In their road test of the Kia Forte, CR discovered that the ride quality is, er, not the Forte’s forte. Hey, don’t name your car Forte and expect people not to make jokes. Even Consumer Reports did it.

Aside from poor ride, the publication took issue with the (very nice looking) seats in the Kia Forte. Apparently, they’re not as nice as they look, and transmit much of that harsh ride to your spine. All of these factors contribute to poor scores in both categories, but no car is all bad, right?

The Forte redeems itself thanks to a killer warranty

A rear 3/4 shot of a silver Kia Forte
The Forte comes with Kia’s outstanding warranty | Kia

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Kia offers a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty. You should take it if you want to buy a Kia Forte, as it may be one of the few updates to one of the worst new cars, per Consumer Reports. Clearly, the Forte has a long way to go. We’re worried it won’t get there. Compact sedans are getting dropped left and right, and the Forte might just be next.