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2011 Kia Forte Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Kia Forte was new.


Interior: 8.6

The automotive press is fascinated with the Forte’s high-quality cabin. Even though the backseat is small, the seats are comfortable. The 2011 Kia Forte also has an impressive list of standard features and plenty of trunk space.

  • "Kia's new compact-car contender boasts ample-for-the-class passenger and cargo space, along with a generous list of standard comfort, convenience, and safety features." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The overall cabin design is pleasing, and the build quality is very good." -- Automobile Magazine 
  • "In the cabin, the Forte leads its class in several categories, most notably its 14.7 cu-ft of cargo volume, which can be expanded greatly if you fold down the 60/40 split rear seats (optional on the LX)." -- Motor Trend


The automotive press likes the sedan and coupe’s front seats. They’re comfortable and include seat warmers and leather upholstery in the upper trims. The back seat, however, isn’t as comfortable for adults when three are squeezed in the back. The press suggests limiting the number of  rear passengers to two.

Despite being a bit cramped, the Forte offers great seating, especially for such a small car. 

  • "Front seats are generously bolstered, while the rear seats are what you'd expect in a compact coupe; roomy enough to carry two adults (Kia classifies it as a three-passenger rear) only on short trips." -- Motor Trend
  • "Kia touts the Forte as one of the roomiest compact sedans on the market, but in our initial testing we found that rear legroom is nonetheless a little tight for those with longer legs." -- Edmunds
  • "In our time with the Forte, we didn't find much to complain about inside, but the optional leather seats that are available in the EX and SX models we sampled proved to be somewhat stiff and lacking in support. If it were our money, we would stick with the cloth buckets." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The Forte stands out in the features department. As is the case with many Kia models, the Forte is jam-packed with a wide range of extras that come standard, like iPod connectivity and Bluetooth. Reviewers also praise Kia for using high-quality fabrics, plastics and carpets that are better than what’s typically found in competing cars.

  • "This has to be one of the most loaded small cars on the planet." -- The Detroit News
  • "The red mood lighting around the door-mounted woofers however (which can be set to pulse with the beat of the music or, thankfully, turned off entirely) was a bit much. But then again, we're not 20 anymore." -- Popular Mechanics


Reviewers are fairly consistent in their praise for the Kia Forte sedan's trunk space, which has 14.7 cubic feet of room. With one of the most ample cargo spaces in the class, there is plenty of room for drivers to pack their belongings and hit the road.

  • "Forte's total cargo volume is at the head of the class among compact 4-door sedans. The relatively roomy trunk has a helpfully large aperture, though the uncovered sickle-shaped hinges can intrude slightly on cargo space. Split-folding rear seats can be folded from the rear of the vehicle via trunk-mounted latches." -- Consumer Guide

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