Kia Forte: A Compact Car that Delivers Value


Kia Motors, after its inception in 1974, has come a long way and now offers some of the most sought-after budget-friendly cars, with the Kia Forte or “Kia K3 Koup”, being an excellent example. One of the popular hotwheels in our public auto auctions, it’s a compact car available, both, as hatchback and sedan. The car grabs the 4th position on the list of compact cars — according to the U.S. News and World Report — and competes with the Chevrolet Cruze, Volkswagen GTI, and other similar makes. Here are our prime reasons to consider buying it at public or salvage auto auctions.

Generous Passenger and Cargo Space

Generous passenger and cargo space is the first reason to buy the Kia Forte. The car offers 97 cubic feet of passenger and 15 cubic feet of cargo room, figures that you usually find in mid-size category cars. What this means is abundance of legroom and space in the rear to carry all your luggage, or, put simply, smooth long journeys. The back seat comfortably accommodates two large adults. Have a third passenger? No issues, they’ll be comfortable over shorter distances.

Flawless Styling

The next USP of the Kia Forte is its styling. It’s not the best in the segment, but certainly manages to engage you for the price point. Available LED Rear Combination Lamps and front LED Positioning Lights just don’t go unnoticed, no matter the place. There’s a sunroof available with the S and EX trims, which adds to its beauty. In addition, these trims boast sporty styling tweaks that increase its appeal.

Comfy Interiors

Moving on to the interiors, the Kia Forte, to a large extent, matches cars that come for a higher price. The heated steering wheel, for instance, steals the feature from Porsche designs, and instantly catches your attention. The cabin is made of premium plastics and includes ventilated driver’s seat, to keep you cool under the roof, whereas the heated seats provide warmth when the temperatures drop.

Multiple Powertrains

The Kia Forte, like its competitors, comes with multiple powertrains. The standard trim boasts a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission. Automatic transmission is optional. Go for the EX version (sedan), and you have a 173 hp 2.0-liter 154 lb-ft engine under the hood. If you need power and prefer a hot hatchback, the Forte5, with a 2.0-liter four and a six-speed automatic or manual , offering 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque is there to quench your thirst.

Connectivity and Safety Features

The Kia Forte also occupies a decent position when it comes to features that help you stay connected and safe on the road. The UVO eServices’ advanced voice recognition system, for instance, ensures that you’re able to access your music library and make hands-free calls. It’s also the solution to 911 Connect, an emergency assistance that sends your car location to the 911 Emergency Services, as soon as the airbags deploy. You also have the Lane Keep Assist System that allows you to stay alert when the vehicle deviates from its traffic lane.


The Koup also grabs attention with an EPA rating of 29 and 38 mpg in the city and highway respectively. All in all, we can conclude that the Koup gives true value-for-money. If you are looking for a secondhand compact car that you can keep for a long time, the Kia Forte, deserves your attention. You can check out numerous models of the Kia Forte at our online salvage car auctions, available at the most affordable prices. Fill out our contact form to learn more about your options or call us at +1 (360) 347-1300.

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