2018 Kia Forte Trim Level Comparison

side by side comparison of three 2018 kia forte trim levels

The Kia Forte is a class-challenging compact car which adds style and features to a claw known for cutting corners and offering an experience that feels “less” than larger sedans. The Forte succeeds by offering similar features to its larger sedan lineup partners without sacrificing comfort, convenience or technology to hit the price point. Drivers wind up with an efficient and capable small car that combines style, efficiency and functionality with an emphasis on the FUN.

For 2018, Kia has made some great improvements an already sensible and striking sedan. Cruise control is now a standard feature on every model and Kia’s Popular Package now includes UVO3 which gives you the ability to use iOS or Android through the infotainment system. The available mid-trim Technology Package now includes a sunroof, and top trim level EX receives Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection w/Lane Change Assist as standard features.


2018 Kia Forte LX

2018 Kia Forte S

2018 Kia Forte EX

Engine power 147 horsepower 147 horsepower 164 horsepower
MPG (city/highway/combined) 29/37/32 MPG 29/37/32 MPG 25/33/28 MPG
Heated/Cooled Front Seats No No Heated standard and cooled available
Standard wheels 15” steel with cover 16” alloy with machine finish 17” alloy
Seating material Woven cloth Black sport cloth Leather
Audio system 4 speakers UVO3 with 7” touchscreen UVO3 with 7” touchscreen

Test-Drive the 2018 Kia Forte in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Brandon, Hudson and Beyond!

If you’ve never driven the 2018 Kia Forte, you’re missing out on the most premium ride available in a compact car. The Forte has established itself a class leader, unafraid of challenging the staid conventions of the compact sedan class. Its focus on premium technology, comfort and an uncompromising style have made it one of the most sought-after compact cars in the game.

For 2018, you’ll see that the Forte has options which allow you to find the perfect model for your unique needs and lifestyle. The base model, LX, delivers competent performance, massive efficiency and more technology than you’re used to in a base model compact car. The more popular mid-trim 2018 Kia Forte S features similar efficiency but with a less spartan attitude toward features, offering Kia’s full infotainment experience, UVO3 complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Finally, the 2018 Kia Forte EX competes with compact entry-luxury sedans but delivering a range of standard features like heated seats, leather interior trim, sporty 17” alloy wheels and an engine tuned for greater output – you’ll pass confidently and accelerate smoothly without paying for it at the gas pump.

The 2018 Kia Forte is quickly becoming one of the most common sights on the road and for good reason. If you have questions about the 2018 Kia Forte or would like to schedule a test drive with any of these trim levels, you’ll find the most inventory and lowest prices at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey. For more information, contact us today!