2020 Kia Forte  RealSafeCars68Safety Rating

#73 of 2020 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#165 of all 2020 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. Having better than average EPA (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and pollution. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Kia offers a 5-year, 60,000-mile basic warranty, and a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2020 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 2020 Kia Forte has a score of 68, implying a 0.057% chance of driver death (5.1% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.049%, and the chance of injury falls to 4.4%.

We estimate that the 2020 Kia Forte has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0574% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 6.5567%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0574% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 6.5567% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2020 Kia Forte is 21% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2020 Kia Forte is 13% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2020 Kia Forte offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9545Hyundai AccentNissan VersaVolkswagen JettaChevrolet SonicKia ForteHyundai ElantraToyota C-HRToyota CorollaHyundai VelosterNissan SentraHonda CivicSubaru ImprezaComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2020 Kia Forte with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 45 to 95. The 2020 Kia Forte is safer than the 2020 Hyundai Accent, the 2020 Nissan Versa, the 2020 Volkswagen Jetta, and the 2020 Chevrolet Sonic and less safe than the 2020 Honda Civic, the 2020 Nissan Sentra, the 2020 Hyundai Veloster, the 2020 Toyota Corolla, and the 2020 Toyota C-HR. It is about as safe as the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

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