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The 2021 Kia Forte is a hit with consumers and critics. This year's Kia Forte was voted as the Best Compact Car for the Money by U.S. News. It was also rated as the #3 car among compact cars and the #4 vehicle in small cars. The 2021 Forte received an overall score of 8.5 out of 10. It earned a rating of 9.3 out of 10 from critics and was rated at a total score of 90 out of 100 by J.D. Power.

What Makes the Kia Forte a Top Car?

The Kia Forte earned its high marks for a variety of reasons. Overall, it is considered by U.S. News to be an exceptional choice for drivers who want value and quality in their vehicle. The Kia Forte has a spacious cabin with top-notch materials, and there's plenty of space to seat a carful of adults. The 2021 Kia Forte has some other notable qualities, too, including a premium user-friendly touchscreen interface. Many standard amenities are included with the 2021 Kia Forte, which is especially impressive given its reasonable starting price.

2021 Kia Forte Performance

One area where the Kia Forte earns high ratings is performance and handling. The 2021 Forte has a four-cylinder 2.0L engine at the base trim level. Its engine can crank out about 150 HP for maximum power, and its maximum torque output is just over 130 LB-FT. The Kia Forte comes with a standard six-speed manual transmission, but you can opt for an automatic transmission instead. Another more powerful engine is also available for the Kia Forte this year. The 2021 Forte GT trim level gets its turbo engine with a 1.6L capacity. This four-cylinder engine has a higher power output of 201 HP and up to 195 LB-FT in torque. It can be ordered with either a six-speed transmission or a seven-speed automatic transmission with dual-clutch technology. The Forte gets exceptional fuel economy at 33 MPG.

About U.S. News Ratings

To declare a car a winner in a specific category, U.S. News goes through a careful research and evaluation process. The 2021 Forte was chosen as a winner in its class after an extensive review of Forte and its competitors. The Kia Forte was compared against other compact and small vehicles in interior dimensions and design, performance specs, safety, and more. U.S. News has rated vehicles since 2007.

Contact us today to learn more about the 2021 Kia Forte and what makes it a top-rated compact car.