1st Generation (2010—2014) Forte Problems

This generations ranks 40th out of 43 Kia generations in reliability and is generally a good bet. Owners have the most complaints about the engine (47%), interior (10%), and the brakes (7%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Knocking 13 complaints at an average of 89,970 miles in the 2010 Kia Forte.
  2. Engine Clicking/knocking 2 complaints at an average of 60,000 miles in the 2014 Kia Forte.
  3. Engine Makes Ticking Noise 7 complaints at an average of 105,175 miles in the 2011 Kia Forte.

What Forte Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Kia model years.

Watch out for the 2010 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2014 13 2 94 10.29
2013 17 3 45 9.45
2012 29 2 43 6.9
2011 13 2 43 6.21
2010 35 2 47 16.97

Watch out for these common problems

Keep Up with Everything Forte Related

Get FREE email alerts from CarComplaints.com anytime something new pops up about the Forte. Simple as that. Learn about the news before others. Impress your friends. Be a hero.