2017 Kia Forte  RealSafeCars66Safety Rating

#80 of 2017 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#154 of all 2017 vehicles

Pictured: 2019 Kia Forte
The Forte, a mainstay of Kia's lineup since 2010, is a small sedan/hatchback with seating up to 5. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. The Kia Forte has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.

The 2017 Kia Forte is somewhat unsafe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2017 Kia Forte has a score of 66, implying a 0.06% chance of driver death (5.4% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.052%, and the chance of injury falls to 4.6%.

We estimate that the 2017 Kia Forte has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.06% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.8575%, meaning the average driver has a 0.06% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.8575% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2017 Kia Forte is 27% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2017 Kia Forte is 18% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2017 Kia Forte offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9223Hyundai AccentNissan SentraChevrolet SonicHyundai VelosterMitsubishi LancerKia ForteVolkswagen GolfFord FocusSubaru ImprezaMazda 3Hyundai ElantraVolkswagen JettaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2017 Kia Forte with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 23 to 92. The 2017 Kia Forte is safer than the 2017 Hyundai Accent, the 2017 Nissan Sentra, the 2017 Chevrolet Sonic, and the 2017 Hyundai Veloster and less safe than the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, the 2017 Mazda 3, the 2017 Subaru Impreza, the 2017 Ford Focus, and the 2017 Volkswagen Golf. It is about as safe as the 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer.

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