2022 Kia Forte trim levels, features, specifications and prices

The Kia Forte compact sedan has been slightly refreshed for 2022, adopting the brand’s redesigned new logo, new bumpers and a few new features. The new 2022 Forte lineup includes five trim levels in total: Forte FE, LXS, GT-Line, GT and GT Manual. Pricing starts at $19,090 and peaks at around $25,000 before additional package options and accessories are added.

Explore the new 2022 Forte trim levels, pricing, specs and features to learn more about this model.

What are the differences between the Kia Forte trim levels?

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The 2022 Forte is the best new car under $20,000, according to US News. It’s a stylish and affordable sedan in the economy car category, and its various trim levels offer a wide range of options. Kia has discontinued the Forte EX for the 2022 model year. Explore a full comparison of Kia Forte models below.

2022 Kia Forte FE trim level is a cheap entry-level compact sedan

Starting at: $19,090

The base Kia Forte comes standard with a fuel-efficient powertrain (31 city/41 highway) and a few standard features:

  • 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower
  • Intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission (IVT)
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen with infotainment system and rear view camera
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Kia Drive Wise driver assistance features

The cheapest 2022 Forte doesn’t cost much, but it doesn’t offer much either. The inclusion of Wireless AC and AA smartphone connectivity helps, but these days the standard security features and a touchscreen are quite up to par.

The 2022 Kia Forte LXS is a well-equipped car under $20,000

Starting at: $19,590

What is the difference between the Forte FE 2022 and the LXS? The Forte LXS offers all the same standard features as the FE and adds:

  • 16 inch alloy wheels
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat

And yes, that’s it. Really, one-inch larger wheels and a seat that can fold are the only differences between the Forte FE and the Forte LXS. Autotrader wonders why the LXS model was not just offered as a package option on the base FE. I wonder why Kia couldn’t just give us bigger wheels and a folding seat (which doesn’t just to give you the standard split-fold?) on the FE.

You can opt for an additional $500 Technology Package on the Forte LXS that adds rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring and heated door mirrors.

The 2022 Kia Forte GT-Line is a faux sports car that’s still pretty fun

Close-up of the front bumper and grille of the 2022 Kia Forte GT-Line, a sporty Forte trim level

Kia Forte GT-Line 2022 | KIA

Starting at: $21,290

What is the difference between the 2022 Forte LXS and the GT-Line? The sporty GT-Line trim includes all the standard features of the lower trim and adds quite a few fun things:

  • Sport grille, side sills and rear spoiler
  • Leather-wrapped sports steering wheel
  • 17 inch alloy wheels
  • Sports seats with cloth and SynTex trim
  • 10.25 inch color touch screen
  • Two-zone automatic temperature control
  • Harman Kardon premium sound system available

The GT-Line is kind of a terrific option. It offers all the beauty of the Forte GT without having to shell out more horsepower. Wondering if the GT-Line is worth the price? If you don’t have your heart set on more than 200 horsepower, the Forte GT-Line offers a lot for its sub-$22,000 price.

The 2022 Kia Forte GT is a competitive and cool sports sedan

Starting at: $23,490

What is the difference between the 2022 Forte GT-Line and the GT? This top level trim includes nearly all of the standard features of the GT styling line and adds or replaces:

  • 201 horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 7-speed automatic transmission
  • GT exterior treatment
  • 18 inch alloy wheels
  • Wireless phone charging
  • GT ambient lighting

There are plenty of reasons to choose to buy the 2022 Forte GT over rivals like the Honda Civic Si. It’s powerful and fun to drive, and it includes plenty of standard features for the price.

2022 Kia Forte GT manual trim level is for purists

Black cloth interior of the top trim level of the Kia Forte, the manual GT with a manual transmission and premium features

Interior of the 2022 Kia Forte GT | KIA

Starting at: $23,490

What’s the difference between the 2022 Forte GT and GT Manual trim levels? There’s more to it than you might think – it’s more than just a transmission swap. The GT Manual is the most expensive and best equipped model and adds or replaces:

  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Heated front seats
  • Electric sunroof
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking aid

The Forte GT Manual sits at the top of the Forte trim level range. This fully equipped Forte has a manual transmission, and it’s the only Forte with standard heated seats.

Which Forte trim level should you choose?

The 2022 Forte has a surprisingly wide range of trim levels for an economy sedan. There’s a super-cheap entry-level option, and then there’s the one you should buy, because having a folding rear seat is worth the extra $500. There is the one who is sporty but not also sporty, one that’s powerful enough to take on established sports sedans and one that’s fully equipped and comes with a stick.

The GT-Line is the best Forte trim to choose if you’re looking for a bargain. The GT or GT manual is the way to go if you want that extra power boost.

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