MSRP
$17,790
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2020 Kia Forte Interior Review

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Interior: 7.8

The 2020 Kia Forte’s attractive cabin features quality materials and smart styling. There’s a decent amount of rear-seat passenger space, and the front seats are comfortable and supportive. The Forte comes with plenty of standard features, including a straightforward infotainment system, several safety features, and smartphone integration. It also has one of the largest trunks in the class.

  • "You won't think you're in a luxury car, but the Forte's cabin is still nice. The different surfaces used -- from matte to gloss plastic to brushed aluminum -- all mesh well together and serve to elevate the experience." -- Autotrader
  • "Kia has done an excellent job designing the Forte's interior. A mix of textures makes the well-built interior look grown-up and refined." -- Edmunds
  • "Agreeable and unfussy, with strong horizontal lines and a nicely contoured dash -- that’s the Kia Forte’s interior design approach. The dash houses neat circular vents and the standard-issue 8-inch touch screen." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The Kia Forte seats five people on standard cloth upholstery and six-way manually adjustable front seats. Synthetic leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and heated and ventilated front seats are available.

The Forte's front seats are spacious, comfortable, and provide plenty of side and lateral support. Rear-seat space is adequate for taller riders. The available sport seats feature heating and cooling function, and they remain comfortable and supportive even on long drives.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

  • "The front seats are also nicely supportive and have enough travel to accommodate tall drivers." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The GT2 package also adds a set of well-shaped premium Sofino sport seats with power adjustment, heat and ventilation. They’re extremely comfortable, even after hours of driving. But they’re also firm and properly bolstered, so they hold you in place when you’re exploring the sedan’s impressive cornering capabilities." -- Autoweek
  • "The Forte is more comfortable than most cars in the class. The seats are nicely contoured for long-distance comfort, and the headrests are soft and unobtrusive. Road noise is ably quelled, and only a mild amount of wind and ambient noise seeps through. The dual-zone automatic climate control works well, and we like that Kia offers ventilated front seats. The cooling effect, however, isn't especially powerful." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

The 2020 Forte comes with a long list of standard features, including an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a four-speaker stereo, a USB port, Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

The Forte's infotainment screen is perfectly positioned within the driver’s view, and it quickly responds to user inputs. Large physical controls provide an alternative to using the touch screen when adjusting climate and audio settings.

Optional features include remote start, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a six-speaker stereo, an eight-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, satellite radio, two additional USB ports, HD Radio, and wireless device charging.

The Forte comes standard with a rearview camera, driver attention monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Safety upgrades include adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, reverse parking sensors, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

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  • "The controls are logical and easy to find, and the infotainment is easy to navigate, with physical buttons for important features." -- Edmunds
  • "Positioned perfectly at the top of the center console, with a handy row of buttons just below, [the touch screen is] an effective interface for an infotainment system that offers Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and many other things." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Standard on all models is an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, as well as both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. The system offers clear imagery, snappy response to commands and quick switching between different menus." -- CNET (2019)

Cargo

The 2020 Forte has a 15.3-cubic-foot trunk, which is one of the largest among compact cars. Its wide, load floor also makes it easy to access the space. A split-folding rear seat and a hands-free power trunk are available.  

  • "For a small sedan, the Forte offers excellent utility. The trunk has a wide, flat load floor and a generous opening. At 15.3 cubic feet, it's also among the biggest in the class." -- Edmunds
  • "The all-new Forte has grown by 3.2-inches lengthwise adding to rear legroom and the available 15.3 cubic-feet of cargo space makes it one of the most generous in this segment." -- Automobile Magazine (2019)
  • "The trunk's 15.3 cubic-feet of space is the largest in the class, edging out the 15.1 cubes found in the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra." -- CNET (2019)
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