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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the 2024 Kia Forte

A white 2024 Kia Forte GT is shown from the front after leaving a dealer that has a Kia Forte for sale.

Does a Kia Forte for sale sound suitable for what you want? If so, you’re making a great choice because the 2024 Kia Forte maintains the reputation its predecessors set as one of the most value-friendly sedans you can buy. If you want modern features and efficiency, and you enjoy sporty things but don’t want to spend too much money, it can be a tricky ask.

Achieving this goal is easy when you decide to shop for a 2024 Kia Forte. Let’s dive deeper into why this year’s sedan is worth checking out if you’re in the market for something you’ve never experienced before or come back after many enjoyable years of driving an older Forte model. Let’s begin!

A Sporty and Fuel-Efficient Ride At All Times

The standard powertrain for the 2024 Forte is a 2.0L I-4 with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. EPA-estimated ratings show 30 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway, totaling 34 combined MPG. The Kia Forte also benefits from standard FWD and a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), which facilitates a smoother acceleration that feels great to drive and can provide better fuel economy.

The 2024 Kia Forte also has an available turbocharged 1.6L I-4 engine that provides a leap in performance with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Despite the increase in hp, the turbocharged engine still produces exceptional numbers regarding fuel economy. EPA estimates show a city MPG of 27 and a highway MPG of 35 for a combined total of 30 MPG. While the 2.0L I-4 engine comes with the CVT, as mentioned earlier, the turbocharged 1.6L I-4 engine offers a 6-speed manual transmission. This is great for drivers who prefer driving manual or wish to learn manual but are on a budget.

The black and red interior of a 2024 Kia Forte GT is shown from above the center console.

What if you want that extra performance but don’t want to drive a stick shift? Maybe you never learned how to drive a manual vehicle because you never had the opportunity to do so because your parents drove automatic cars, which is more common than ever. Or, perhaps you do know how to drive one but now prefer automatic transmissions. There’s no wrong answer, but regardless, You’re in luck because the manual transmission comes as part of the GT Manual trim, which costs slightly more than the models with the alternative transmission – the caveat we mentioned earlier.

What’s the alternative transmission? A punchy dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission that provides EPA-estimated ratings of 27 MPG in the city and 35 MPG on the highway for a combined total of 30 MPG, while the manual transmission reaches ratings of 22 MPG in the city and 32 MPG on the highway for a combined total of 26 MPG. It’s also worth mentioning that the GT trim comes with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel if you still want some control with shifting.

What fuel economy ratings like this facilitate is long travel sessions that get you where you need to be faster because you won’t find yourself taking the turn into a gas station in every other county. The paddle shifters are a perfect way to add variety to any drive you take and make it less mundane.

Maybe you’re in the mood for a sporty ride on your way to the store – the paddle shifters are a great way to not only have fun while shifting your gears but also shift your gears in any capacity in a vehicle with an automatic transmission in more than a simple novelty. Best of all, utilizing the paddle shifters is optional and doesn’t involve a clutch pedal, so if you only want to use your paddle shifters sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with that.

Cabin Fever Never Looked So Good

We think the interior of the 2024 Kia Forte is great. Why do we say that? Just look at it. In all seriousness, however, because of its emphasis, the 2024 Kia Forte boasts such a sophisticated and practical cabin. Kia has placed a considerable focus on your well-being, whether that be mechanisms built into your chair to keep you going on those long rides like heated seats and an available 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support.

There’s also some astonishing tech nestled into your dashboard. Let’s break it down a bit more. We’ll begin by going deeper into the chairs we mentioned. The 10-way power-adjustable seats with power lumbar adjustment are available on the GT-Line and GT trim. These chairs can also be configured as heated seats, and you can add ventilation.

The 6-way manually adjustable chairs that come standard with every trim are comfortable and versatile. Still, if you want heated or ventilated seats, consider one of the trims supporting it. The GT-Line and GT trims can also be fitted with a sunroof, but this sunroof comes standard with the GT Manual trim.

If you buy one of the first two trims – the LX or LXS – your seats are stitched with well-materialized cloth, but the GT-Line and GT instead use a combination of Syntex leather and fabric, with a more sporty guise to their appearance, too. These two trims can rather have seats fully stitched with SynTax leather that removes cloth altogether, which, again, the GT Manual has standard.

These same three trims, the GT-Line, GT, and GT Manual, all come standard with a leather-wrapped gear shifter, which is a great-feeling material, especially for the GT Manual, where you’ll be using the gear shifter more than just to park, neutral, drive, and reverse.

A silver 2024 Kia Forte GT is shown from the front at an angle.

Tech That’s Rich in Value, But Not in Price

We alluded to the tech built into the cabin of the 2024 Forte, which is up-to-date with software that improves your daily life. This is true. Built into every 2024 Forte is an infotainment center compatible with everyone’s favorite go-to features: Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

There are two USB ports in the front end of the cabin, one for plugging in a media device like your phone to access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and one dedicated to charging. The back row also gets one USB port with enough speed for charging wireless devices. Speaking of charging, if you buy the GT-Line trim, you can purchase a wireless phone charging pad that supports wireless charging devices. This charging pad comes standard with the GT and GT Manual.

Every 2024 Forte comes with a 4.2-inch instrument display, and with the LX and LXS, an 8-inch infotainment center comes standard. With this infotainment center, you’re given a 4-speaker audio system. The GT-Line and GT use a 6-speaker setup and a 10.25-inch infotainment center with built-in turn-by-turn directions.

These two trims can be upgraded further with an 8-speaker premium audio setup from Harman Kardon for extraordinary sound quality, which this speaker system comes standard with the GT Manual. Are you a big music fan? You’ll immensely enjoy the Harman Kardon audio system, especially since the trims that support it also come with SiriusXM radio integration.

A 2024 Forte May Be What You Need

Kia is the master of value. In an age where automotive prices are rising, it’s refreshing to have a manufacturer who still cares about the meaning of the term value and avoids taking shortcuts by raising the price of its vehicles. From the tech to the performance to the style of the 2024 Kia Forte, you’d suspect it costs more than it does, and if that’s not enough of a reason to want one, then a test drive will change your mind.