2021 Kia Forte  RealSafeCars68Safety Rating

#56 of 2021 Sedan/Hatchback/Wagons

#137 of all 2021 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. The Forte 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 2021 Kia Forte is 23% more likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other sedans, hatchbacks, and wagons, the 2021 Kia Forte is 14% more likely to result in a fatal accident.

2021 Kia Forte offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 14%.

Active safety features on the 2021 Kia Forte can protect loved ones by reducing accident severity and preventing accidents. The following active safety system is included even on lower trims/versions of the 2021 Kia Forte: Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA). Some safety features are optional on the 2021 Kia Forte--- although they add to the cost, one should consider the benefits of Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA).

Some safety technologies get a lot of press, but another may also improve safety. Optional side mirror turn signals can help when you don't see a vehicle in your blind spot, by alerting them to your intention to switch lanes, which allows the other driver to avoid an accident with you.

And it is less safe than many comparable cars.

9545Hyundai AccentNissan VersaVolkswagen JettaKia ForteHonda HR-VSubaru ImprezaToyota C-HRMazda 3Toyota CorollaNissan SentraHyundai VelosterHonda CivicComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Kia Forte with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 45 to 95. The 2021 Kia Forte is safer than the 2021 Hyundai Accent, the 2021 Nissan Versa, and the 2021 Volkswagen Jetta and less safe than the 2021 Honda Civic, the 2021 Hyundai Veloster, the 2021 Nissan Sentra, the 2021 Toyota Corolla, the 2021 Mazda 3, and the 2021 Toyota C-HR.

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