Kia Forte owners manuals
- Defective TRW crash sensors may produce seat belt and airbag failure. This is reported for the 2013 model year.
- First-generation of Forte vehicles have a Theta II, a gasoline direct injection (GDI) powertrain that is well known for having oil flow problems that eventually produce catastrophic failures.
- The new soy-material coating used for wires causes rodents problems. This affects the first generation of Forte from 2014 to 2016.
The Kia Forte, known as the K3 in South Korea, the Forte K3, or Shuma in China is a compact vehicle manufactured by Kia Motors as mid-2008. It followed the Kia Cerato/Spectra and is available in two-door coupe, four-door sedan, five-door hatchback models. It is not available in Europe, where the similar Kia Ceed is offered.
The Forte comes available in two different engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 201 horsepower. The 2.0-liter is paired to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) while the turbocharged engine comes either a manual or automatic transmission The non-turbocharged powertrain accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.2.
Kia Forte known problems
Some of the common problems or complaints owners have about the Kia Forte are: