The 2021 Kia Forte Sedan comes in only 1 body type: Sedan. The Forte Sedan is available in 5 different trim level options: FE, LXS, GT Line, EX, and GT. The FE is the base trim level option, while the GT is the highest, most expensive configuration.

Which Kia Forte Trim Level Should I Buy?

The base Kia Forte FE model has an affordable starting price of $17,890 and comes with a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. It also comes standard with six-speed manual transmission, but CVT is available as an option. The next trim level up, the LXS, comes with CVT as standard. All Kia Forte comes with at least forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and a driver attention monitor.

The highest trim level available for the 2021 Kia Forte is the sportier GT model, which starts at $22,690. The GT Manual version has a higher starting price of $23,290. The Forte GT comes standard with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, sport-tuned suspension and exhaust, and larger 18-inch wheels. Drivers can add on optional features like a sunroof, leather seating, and a premium audio system.

We think the GT-Line trim level is the best choice for the 2021 Kia Forte. The GT-Line, which starts at $20,490, is still an affordable option but adds more features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and keyless entry.

In this guide, we will breakdown the differences between each Kia Forte Sedan configuration and help you determine which trim level to purchase.

What's the Difference Between 2021 Kia Forte Trim Levels?

Below is a table comparing some of the major features for the most popular Kia Forte Sedan trim levels.

Kia Forte Invoice and Market Prices by Trim

FELXSGT LineEXGT
Market Price$19,867$20,293$22,325$23,968$24,825

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best Kia Forte Trim?

We think the GT-Line trim level is the best choice for the 2021 Kia Forte. The GT-Line, which starts at $20,490, is still an affordable option but adds more features like blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and keyless entry.

What are the different trim levels for a Kia Forte?

The Kia Forte Sedan is available in 5 different trim level options: FE, LXS, GT Line, EX, and GT.

What is the most basic Kia Forte model?

The Kia Forte Sedan Type starts at $17,890. The FE is the base trim level option, while the GT is the highest, most expensive configuration.

What are similar models to the Kia Forte Trim?

Some similar models include the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen Golf GTI.