2018 Kia Forte  RealSafeCars66Safety Rating

#62 of 2018 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#129 of all 2018 vehicles


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


The 2018 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 2018 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 2018 Kia Forte has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0602% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.8755%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0602% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.8755% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Kia Forte is 26% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2018 Kia Forte is 17% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 Kia Forte offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.


And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

8950Hyundai AccentNissan SentraKia ForteVolkswagen JettaHonda CivicHyundai ElantraHyundai KonaHyundai Elantra GTFord FocusToyota CorollaMazda CX-3Mazda 3Comparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Kia Forte with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 50 to 89. The 2018 Kia Forte is safer than the 2018 Hyundai Accent and the 2018 Nissan Sentra and less safe than the 2018 Honda Civic, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, the 2018 Mazda 3, the 2018 Mazda CX-3, the 2018 Toyota Corolla, the 2018 Ford Focus, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, and the 2018 Hyundai Kona.

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