2022 Kia Forte Safety & Reliability Ratings

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Side: original test

Rating applies to 2019-22 models

Tested vehicle: 2019 Kia Forte FE 4-door

The Kia Forte was redesigned for the 2019 model year. Side ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Hyundai/Kia as part of side crash test verification.

Overall evaluation


Structure and safety cage


Driver injury measures






Driver head protection


Rear passenger injury measures






Rear passenger head protection


Technical measurements for this test Measures of occupant compartment intrusion on driver side Test ID VTS1821 B-pillar to longitudinal centerline of driver’s seat (cm) -16.0 Negative numbers indicate the amount by which the crush stopped short of the seat centerline. Driver injury measures Test ID VTS1821 Head HIC-15 492 Neck Tension (kN) 0.8 Compression (kN) 0.3 Shoulder Lateral deflection (mm) 51 Lateral force (kN) 1.7 Torso Maximum deflection (mm) 45 Average deflection (mm) 37 Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.40 Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.71 Pelvis Iliac force (kN) 2.2 Acetabulum force (kN) 1.9 Combined force (kN) 3.9 Left femur L-M force (kN) 0.8 L-M moment (Nm) 152 A-P moment (Nm) -63 Passenger injury measures Test ID VTS1821 Head HIC-15 148 Neck Tension (kN) 0.3 Compression (kN) 0.7 Shoulder Lateral deflection (mm) 23 Lateral force (kN) 1.4 Torso Maximum deflection (mm) 31 Average deflection (mm) 25 Maximum deflection rate (m/s) 3.03 Maximum viscous criterion (m/s) 0.44 Pelvis Iliac force (kN) 0.1 Acetabulum force (kN) 1.0 Combined force (kN) 1.1 Left femur L-M force (kN) 0.6 L-M moment (Nm) 142 A-P moment (Nm) -42

How the side crash test is conducted


Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The interior of this car impressed us with its minimalist design and high-quality and upscale materials. The back seat is spacious enough for two adults to be comfortable, and long road trips in the Forte can be made without complaint. The base model offers all the basic amenities, but things get more pleasant as you work up through the various models. Dual-zone automatic climate control is optional, for example, as are heated and ventilated front seats. With all the seats up, the Forte fit seven carry-on bags, one more than both of its key rivals, the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic.

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Passive Safety Built Into Your Kia Forte

One of the best ways for your Kia vehicle to help keep you safe is by including passive safety features. The 2021 Forte is designed with a complex array of airbags that work to help keep you safe in the event of a collision. This Kia vehicle boasts a set of dual front advanced airbags to help keep drivers and their front passengers secure.

In the event of a side impact or rollover, this Kia vehicle comes standard with full-length side curtain airbags. These help cushion you and all your passengers to help prevent injuries if your Kia vehicle sustains damage from a side crash.

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

Package name

  • Optional by trim (standard on GT-Line Premium, GT-Line Sport Premium and GT2 trims)

Superior Superior with optional equipment

  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Forte offers two different engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 201 horsepower. The 2.0-liter felt sluggish when we tested it, and the continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) didn’t help. The non-turbocharged engine required 8.2 seconds to motivate the Forte from zero to 60 mph at our test track—notably slower than the Mazda 3, which got there in 7.0 seconds. The optional 201-hp turbocharged engine, however, puts the Forte GT in the same league as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Civic Si—in theory, at least. At our test track, a manual transmission-equipped GT test car managed a 6.7-second run to 60 mph, slightly off the pace of those two memorable performers. The Forte offers a comfortable and stable ride, but its handling isn’t as exciting as its Stinger-inspired exterior styling would suggest, even in the sportier GT model. In fact, when hustling the Forte in a recent comparison test against the Civic Si and the Jetta GLI, we found ourselves working harder in the Forte to keep up with the rest of the pack.

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