The LXS trim maintains the 2021 Kia Forte’s positive return on investment while adding a few welcome additional features to provide a slightly more luxurious look. Outside, wider alloy wheels substitute the steel wheels found on the base model, and the front bumper has gloss black accents.

Car owners can choose between Comfort, Smart, and Sport styles for more configurable driving dynamics. The cabin has pleasant materials and a soft-touch covering on the dashboard and door panels, and a split-folding rear seat that is more versatile than the FE’s bench, which folds forward as one piece. The CVT transmission is the only option for the 2021 Kia Forte LXS IVT. The Forte is one of the more attractive compact cars on the market. The lengthy wheelbase and scraped windshield are design reference points from the Kia Stinger, and the sporty LXS trim’s 18-inch alloy wheels give the compact car prevalence.


The Forte’s space and intelligent packaging put it on an equal level with the Honda Civic, with 60/40-split folding rear seats in LXS IVT trim. An 8.0-inch touchscreen features a clean cabin layout with simple climate control and delicate but fashionable aspects like circular vents and optional matte silver trim. Many plastic panels accompany cloth seats, but an optional gentle dash and red comparison stitching add some visual interest to the dark tones.

The trunk space of 15.3 cubic feet is adequate for a compact car, but a hatchback would be preferable. Forte’s safety rating is mixed, with the NHTSA awarding it only four stars for front crash prevention. The IIHS, on the other hand, named it a Top Safety Pick, and it includes essential driver-assist features like automatic emergency braking. Kia equips the 2021 Forte with enticing standard features like keyless entry, an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with phone integration of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, and a generous 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.

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