2023 Kia Forte: Release Date, Price, and Specs

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.

When is the 2023 Kia Forte’s release date?

We don’t have an official release date for the 2023 Kia Forte compact sedan yet, but we anticipate the new model coming out this year—either late summer or in the fall. Since it likely won’t see major changes, there shouldn’t be a huge delay in its release. Kia Forte trim levels for 2023 should likely reflect the same as 2022: Forte FE, LXS, and GT-Line for the more mild-mannered sedan, and the Forte GT and GT Manual.

How much does the 2023 Kia Forte cost?

At this time, Kia hasn’t provided specific pricing details for the new Forte. Kelley Blue Book (KBB) estimates that the cheapest Kia Forte should start around $20,000 and the Kia Forte GT model will start around $26,000. 

The current model year starts at $19,090, so the sedan may see a small price increase for 2023. With KBB’s guess, we can estimate pricing for the full trim lineup:

  • 2023 Forte FE: $20,000
  • 2023 Forte LXS: $20,500
  • 2023 Forte GT-Line: $22,200
  • 2023 Forte GT: $25,500
  • 2023 Forte GT Manual: $26,500

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.

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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