A gray 2022 Kia Forte GT-Line parked on a cliff at sunset

2022 Kia Forte Announced with New Design and More Features

What’s new on the updated 2022 Kia Forte?

Kia has given a 2022 model year update to the Kia Forte compact sedan in North America. The 2022 Kia Forte brings a host of exterior enhancements, including the updated Kia logo, redesigned headlights, and a fresh take on the “tiger nose” grille. It also brings a 10.25-inch widescreen display and an extended suite of new and upgraded Kia Drive Wise driver assistance and safety features. Keep reading this blog from Frank Boucher Kia of Racine to learn more about the new 2022 Kia Forte.



Four trim levels and new packages

The 2022 Kia Forte is available in four trim levels – FE, LXS, GT-Line, and GT. For 2022, Kia has discontinued the EX trim. Instead, you will get a new GT-Line Sport Premium package. You can also opt for new “Technology” package offerings across the LXS, GT-Line and GT trim levels.

What’s powering the 2022 Kia Forte?

The 2022 Kia Forte FE, LXS, and GT-Line are powered by a 2.0L MPI 4-cylinder engine that makes 147 horses and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is paired with an Intelligent Continuously Variable Transmission (IVT). At the top of the lineup, the 2022 Kia Forte GT model gets a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.6L engine that makes 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The GT also brings balanced driving dynamics and boasts a standard seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with an optional six-speed manual.


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Redesigned exterior

Front fascia of a gray 2022 Kia Forte GT parked in front of glass buildings

The 2022 Forte brings many new design enhancements across all trims. These include sleeker, more expressive headlight designs, a next-generation tiger-nose grille with new Kia logo badging sitting on top, revamped wider front and rear bumpers, and a new wider trunk lid spoiler for added stability.

Sportier GT-Line and GT

The sporty 2022 Kia Forte GT-Line trim gets a long list of new changes. Some significant updates include redesigned LED fog lights that seamlessly integrate into the air-intake grille, 17-inch dark metal gray alloy wheel designs, sport combination seats with SynTex/Cloth upholstery, sport steering wheels, and a standard 10.25-inch navigation touchscreen. The upper-spec GT-Line and GT also flaunt a new LED taillights/rear combination lamp design that helps differentiate them from the FE and LXS.

What’s new on the inside?

Passenger view of showing the steering wheel and dashboard area of the 2022 Kia Forte

Kia has updated the interiors of the 2022 Forte to deliver a modern, driver-centric cabin with high-tech features. You now get a larger 4.2-inch color TFT LCD cluster as standard across all trims instead of a 3.5-inch on the 2021 Kia Forte, while an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes standard on the FE and LXS trim. Upgrading to the GT-Line and GT will fetch you a 10.25-inch touchscreen display with free MapCare updates. Kia has also added wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ on the 8-inch display on the FE and LXS, along with an available integrated Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) with Auto Hold, USB charger for rear passengers, and standard Smart Key with remote start on GT and GT-Line.

Apart from these upgrades, the compact sedan now offers six standard driver-assist and safety features and a total of 15 safety systems which include:

  • Lane Following Assist
  • Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control
  • Highway Driving Assist
  • Safe Exit Warning

Reserve a test drive of the 2022 Kia Forte in Racine, WI

If you are interested in learning more about the 2022 Kia Forte, give us a call today or schedule a test drive. You can drive by our showroom to check out the new Kia Forte in person. While you’re here, we encourage you to check out our online Kia Forte inventory. Keep reading our blogs for more.