August 18

2022 Kia Forte: Performance Review & Overview


In a world filled with fancy trucks and massive SUVs, some drivers may find it difficult to choose a simple, compact car. Kia has delivered its Forte, a reliable, compact car, for many years, and 2022 is no different. Below, you can read all about the 2022 Kia Forte and discover more about its performance, engine specifications, gas mileage, and other notable features.

Performance and Engine Specs

2022 Kia Forte

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When discussing the 2022 Kia Forte’s performance and engine specs, it’s helpful to first explore this compact car’s different trim levels. The four options are the FE, LXS, GT-Line, and GT, with the FE being the base trim level. In 2022, Kia discontinued the EX trim, which was previously available to consumers in its 2021 models.

The standard engine for the 2022 Kia Forte is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that provides 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The 2022 Forte also features a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is only available with the highest trim level: the GT trim. Equipping your 2022 Forte GT with this engine increases the performance specs to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. While the standard engine provides sufficient and reliable power for daily commutes and weekend trips, you may consider getting the turbocharged engine for a little more vigor.

The standard transmission is a continuous seven-speed intelligent variable transmission that comes with all four trim levels. When you opt for the 2022 Forte GT, your available transmission options become more versatile. You can choose between a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. With the popularity of the stick shift dwindling among car manufacturers, it’s good to know that Kia still offers this feature in the Forte if this is important to you. Note that, no matter what trim level or engine you choose, all 2022 Fortes come with a front-wheel-drive system.

Gas Mileage

The minimum fuel requirement for the 2022 Kia Forte is unleaded fuel with an octane level of 87 or higher, so you won’t need to search far and wide or dig deep into your wallet to fuel up when you visit the gas station. The fuel tank holds 14 gallons, which is impressive for such a small ride.

As far as gas mileage goes, you can get up to 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. This averages out to around 25 mpg when you use your Kia Forte in a combination of city and highway driving.

Safety Features

The 2022 Kia Forte is committed to creating a safe driving experience for its drivers, and this is evident in its Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology. Some of the safety features available with this system include:

  • Rear Occupant Alert with Ultrasonic Sensors.
  • Rear View Monitor with Dynamic Parking Guidance.
  • Driver Attention Warning.
  • Lane Following Assist.
  • Lane Keeping Assist.
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection.

The 2022 Forte also offers a wide range of safety features that are in addition to the Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology. Some of these features include:

  • Internal emergency trunk release.
  • Rear child-safety door locks.
  • Lower anchors and tethers for children.
  • A tire-pressure monitoring system.
  • Hill-start assist control.
  • A brake assist system.
  • Electronic brake-force distribution.
  • A traction control system.

When you purchase your 2022 Forte, it is in your best interest to preserve the condition of your vehicle and its many safety features. You can do so by scheduling regular services with our team at Huffines Kia Corinth. We’ll get you on a maintenance schedule that works for your vehicle so you can have peace of mind when out on the road.

Interior Amenities

The 2022 Kia Forte comes with a comprehensive infotainment system and an 8-inch color touch screen that allows you to easily make your selections. It also includes Bluetooth audio streaming, USB/MP3/auxiliary support, and AM/FM radio, and you can connect compatible devices via Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Other interior amenities you’ll be impressed by in the 2022 Kia Forte include:

  • A four-speaker audio system.
  • A rear-camera display.
  • Power door locks.
  • Interior lighting with dimming lights.
  • Woven cloth seat trim.
  • Six-way adjustable driver and front-passenger seats.


The 2022 Kia Forte is a reasonably sized vehicle that measures 182.7 inches in length, 70.9 inches in width, and 56.5 inches in height. You can easily park your vehicle in your garage or other storage area without too much trouble. This model has a ground clearance of 5.3 inches, which is more than enough for the standard city and highway driving.

The 2022 Forte is a stylish and attractive car, and its aesthetics are most evident in the wide variety of colors you can choose from. For instance, you can select a few of the exterior color options: Gravity Gray, Sporty Blue, Fire Orange, Currant Red, Aurora Black, and Snow White Pearl. The exterior combines rugged lines and smooth curves to create a compact car in which sporty meets functional. You also get standard 15-inch wheels that are reliable for any trip you have to make.

If you want to enhance the exterior of your car with added features, you can consider getting the GT-Line trim. This model offers sleek daytime running lights, LED fog lights and taillights, a rear spoiler, sport side sills, and nifty 17-inch alloy wheels. With all other trim levels, you have the option of smaller 16-inch wheels that still provide a sleek look that will make other drivers turn their heads.

Other optional exterior features you can add to your 2022 Forte include body-color outside mirrors, perimeter approach lighting, projector-beam headlights, a locking fuel-filler door, and solar control glass for your windows.

After reading through this guide and discovering that the 2022 Kia Forte is the perfect car for commuters and small families, you may want to purchase one yourself. You can visit our dealership at Huffines Kia Corinth to take a test drive. Before you arrive, contact us to discuss this vehicle’s specs in more detail, learn more about financing plans, or talk about anything else on your mind.


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