2025 Kia Forte (K4): A Stylish and Affordable Sedan – If you want a new sedan with a modern design, advanced features, and competitive pricing, check out the 2025 Kia Forte, also known as the K4 in some markets. The 2025 Forte is the next-generation model of Kia’s popular compact car, and it has been spotted testing in heavy camouflage, revealing some of its secrets. Here is what we know about the 2025 Kia Forte (K4).
What’s New for 2025?
The 2025 Forte will have a completely new exterior design that follows Kia’s Opposites United design language, which combines sharp and smooth shapes to create a dynamic and distinctive look. The front end will feature a large grille with a star map pattern, vertical LED headlights, and a sporty bumper. The side profile will have pronounced fenders and a fastback roofline that slopes down to the rear. The back end will have horizontal LED taillights, a trunk lid spoiler, and dual exhaust tips.
New materials and features will also be added to the 2025 Forte’s interior. With a single enclosure housing a giant infotainment touchscreen and a digital instrument cluster, the dashboard will come equipped with standard compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Inspired by Kia’s electric crossover, the EV6, a new design will be added to the steering wheel. Along with potentially adding new technologies like a head-up display, a panoramic sunroof, and a wireless charging pad, the cabin will also provide additional room and comfort for the occupants.
Additionally, lane departure warning, automated emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane keep assist will be standard on the 2025 Forte. It may also offer optional features like adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking sensors.
Design: Exterior and Interior
The 2025 Forte will have a more modern and aggressive look than the current model, which received a facelift in 2021. The new model will have a longer wheelbase and a wider stance, giving it a more proportional and balanced appearance. The new model will also have more character lines and creases on the bodywork, creating a more sculpted and muscular look.
The exterior color options for the 2025 Forte are not yet confirmed, but we expect them to include some of the current choices like Gravity Gray, Aurora Black Pearl, Currant Red, Deep Sea Blue, Fire Orange, Silky Silver, Snow White Pearl, and Clear White.
The interior of the 2025 Forte will have a more upscale and sophisticated look than the current model, which has a simple and functional layout. The new model will have higher-quality materials and finishes, as well as more ambient lighting and chrome accents. The interior color options for the 2025 Forte still need to be confirmed. Still, we expect them to include some of the current choices like Black Cloth, Black Leatherette/Cloth Combination Seat Trim with White Stitching or Red Stitching (GT-Line), Black Leather Seat Trim with Red Stitching (GT), or Gray Cloth.
The engine lineup for the 2025 Forte is expected to remain the same as that of the current model, with two 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engines producing 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque when mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) and a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine producing 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque when mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). There is solely front-wheel drive for both engines.
The fuel economy ratings for the 2025 Forte have yet to be made available. Still, we expect them to be similar to the current model’s ratings, which range from 27 to 31 mpg in the city and from 35 to 41 mpg on the highway, depending on the engine and transmission combination.
Release Date and Price
The official release date and price for the 2025 Forte have yet to be announced, but we expect them to be revealed sometime in late 2024 or early 2025. The current model starts at $19,690 for the base LX trim level and goes up to $24,090 for the top GT trim level (including destination fees). We expect the new model to slightly increase in price due to its unique design and features.
The 2025 Forte will compete with other compact sedans like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta. The 2025 Forte will have an advantage over some of its rivals in design, features, and warranty, as Kia offers a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain and a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty.
The 2025 Forte will be a stylish and affordable sedan that will appeal to many buyers looking for a reliable, comfortable, and fun-to-drive car. The 2025 Forte will also reflect Kia’s evolution as a brand that offers innovative and attractive vehicles for different segments and preferences.