Quality Kia Forte Models in Cleveland, TN

The Kia Forte is a compact sedan that is part of Kia’s short but very competitive history of producing reliable, quality cars at an affordable price. Introduced in 2009, it’s had a decade of excellence as a low-priced sedan with excellent gas mileage, quality amenities, and an upscale cabin.

Brief History of the Kia Forte

The Kia Forte has spanned three generations in just a short period of time. Known for being one of the best-rated compact sedans in its class and also having a great reputation for fuel economy and modern features, the Forte remains one of the more popular compact sedans on the road.



The Kia Forte is currently offered in six different trim options: FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, GT, and the GT Manual. The Forte lineup offers a variety of both modern models and more European racing-inspired ones as well.

2009 - 2013

The 2010 Forte was introduced to the world in 2019 at the Chicago Auto Show and came available in three versions: the LX, EX and the sportier SX. The LX and EX came with a 2.0L DOHC engine that was capable of 156 HP while the SX features a 2.4 DOHC engine.

2013 - 2016

Introduced in 2013 was the new Forte sedan and it was longer, wider, and had a lower chassis than the previous generation. The European sport sedan influence starts to become more prevalent here. Coming in the EX and LX trims, the 2013 Forte continued Kia’s reputation for offering premium features in compact cars.

2016 - 2018

The differences between the 2015 and 2017 models were small, with slight differences in the shape of the headlights and available LED taillights. In the 2017 Forte, the main differences could be found in the equipment inside the car.

All versions received drive-mode select option and safety features that included Emergency Braking, Front Collision Warning, Lane Change Warning, Blind spot detector, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. The previous 1.8-liter engine was replaced with a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle engine, which had either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic.

2018 - Present

The third and current generation received numerous upgrades and changes, starting with the tiger nose grille, triangular LED headlights, a more curvy side silhouette, and more aggressive-looking rear.



The inside was integrating new driver assistance technology, a new 8-inch color touchscreen, and more modern tech features. This Forte was powered by a reworked suspension, improved throttle and brake feel performance along with a second-gen 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine.

What’s New For 2020?

The 2020 Forte offers the new GT and GT Line trim levels as options, with the Forte GT having a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 201 horsepower. Coming with many modern tech features like voice navigation, satellite radio, and lots of driver safety features like blind-spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert, the Forte offers a ton of value for your dollar in its class.

Test drive a Kia Forte for yourself today and enjoy superior capability both on and off the road every time you take a seat behind the wheel. Come see us and browse our expansive selection of used models at 2490 S Lee Hwy, Cleveland, TN 37311. Start shopping for your next ride today. We look forward to seeing our community from Chattanooga, and Decatur, TN come through our doors.

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If you’d like to purchase or lease a used Kia Forte in Cleveland, TN, stop by Vehicles Direct Cleveland at 2490 S. Lee Highway, Cleveland, TN 37311 for a test-drive today. We are just a short drive from Chattanooga and Decatur, TN.

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