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With continuing chip shortages and supply chain issues, it’s not surprising that many new cars are quietly tip-toeing into 2023 without any major changes or redesigns. We anticipate that the 2023 Kia Forte will see the same outcome. However, even without any significant updates, the tried-and-true Forte will likely still remain one of the best new cars under $20,000. Read on for more info about the Kia Forte’s release date, features, specs, and more.

2023 Kia Forte specs, changes, and updates

Silver 2023 Kia Forte compact sedan
2023 Kia Forte | Kia

Kelley Blue Book doesn’t anticipate many (if any) changes for the Kia Forte for 2023. The exterior has a clean, “ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it” styling to it that will carry over. The Kia Forte GT-Line will offer unique, aerodynamic design cues reflected in the more-powerful GT sedan. 

2023 Forte FE, LXS, and GT-Line models should come standard with a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. GT and GT Manual grades will likely offer a standard 201-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. While the Forte isn’t known for its class-leading handling capabilities, the relatively low price of the 200+ hp model is still one of the best.

2023 Kia Forte interior features

The 2023 Forte isn’t the most luxurious in its class, but Kelley Blue Book offers a tepid compliment for the car’s interior: “the quality of the materials is absolutely acceptable for this price bracket.” Though, the 2023 Forte’s cabin should be well-equipped with a number of standard features that you won’t normally find in a car of this price. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will likely be standard, along with an eight-inch touchscreen and a basic sound system.

When is the 2023 Kia Forte available?

As of 9/14/2022, the 2023 Kia Forte is available to build, price, and test drive on Kia‘s site.

How much does the 2023 Kia Forte cost?

According to Kia, the starting trim prices for the 2023 Kia Forte are as follows:

LX: $19,490

LSX: $19.990

GT-Line: $21,690

GT: $24,190

GT Manual: $24,890

2023 Kia Forte vs. competitors

Some of the 2023 Forte’s top competitors include the 2023 Subaru Impreza, the Honda Civic, the 2023 Toyota Corolla, the Mazda3, and the 2023 Hyundai Elantra. The Forte strides ahead with impressive rear legroom and 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. However, unless you’re shopping on a tight budget, it’s well worth it to consider competitors.


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