10 Best 2016 Midsize Cars for Teenagers

9. 2016 Kia Forte 5

What’s New?

Solid fuel economy and value pricing put the Forte among the best cars for teenagers. More than just basic transportation, the car is economical and also fun to drive. In addition, it sports some decent exterior design lines. As a result, teenagers will not feel like putting paper bags over its head when driving this car. The 2016 Kia Forte is generally unchanged, with the mostly slight reshuffling of optional and standard equipment from trim to trim.

Exterior Features

The exterior features include black side windows trim, tailgate/rear door lock included w/power door locks, body-colored door handles, body-colored rear bumper, clear coat paint, 16″ alloy wheels, variable intermittent wipers, and liftgate rear cargo access. Other standard features are body-colored power heated side mirrors w/manual folding and turn signal indicator, front fog lamps, body-colored front bumper w/black rub strip/fascia accent, fixed rear window w/fixed interval wiper, heated wiper park and defroster, light tinted glass, lip spoiler, spare tire mobility kit, and fully automatic projector beam halogen daytime running headlamps w/delay-off.

Interior Features

The interior of the 2016 Kia Forte is well-built and boasts high-quality materials and an appealing design. Critics say front and back seats of the Forte are comfortable, whether you are in the hatchback (Forte5), the sedan, or the coupe (Koup). The cargo space in all 3 models is also great for their respective classes. Standard features include keyless entry, Bluetooth, a 4-speaker stereo, a USB port, an auxiliary audio input, and the satellite radio.

Available features include a power-adjustable seat of driver, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, a ventilated driver’s seat, navigation with an eight-inch touch screen, a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio display, Kia’s UVO infotainment system that can connect with your smartphone, push-button start, a 6-speaker stereo, cruise control, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rear view camera and a power sunroof.


In keeping with the reputation of Kia’s remarkable value, the Forte5 delivers an impressive assortment of performance, technology, and amenities. The modern LX model comes standard with keyless entry with remote trunk release, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, 16″ alloy wheels, SiriusXM Satellite Radio1, power windows, air conditioning, Bluetooth wireless technology2, and power heated exterior mirrors are among the several features which make the Forte5 a leader in its class.


Engine/ Fuel Efficiency

The Forte LX is driven by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 173 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. Power generated runs to the front wheels through a 6-speed automatic transmission – the manual transmission is only available in the SX model, which still has a great base price at $20,990. The fuel economy estimates of EPA for the Forte LX sedan are 28 MPG combined (25/33 city/highway) with the automatic.


Each 2016 Kia Forte comes standard with the traction and stability control, antilock disc brakes, side curtain airbags, and front side airbags. A rearview camera is standard on EX and optional on the LX model. The optional Uvo eServices telematics bundle includes emergency crash notification, roadside assistance, and the secondary driver (i.e., teenage) monitoring features which include notifications when location limits, curfew, and vehicle speed are exceeded.

Posted on January 5, 2017