Kia Forte Wins 2019 Automotive Performance, Execution, and Layout Study

The Kia Forte 3rd Generation’s Redesign Increases Consumer Satisfaction 

  • Forte is the highest-ranked entry in the compact car segment
  • APEAL award comes on the heels of Forte topping its sector in the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

IRVINE, Calif., July 30, 2019 – One of Kia Motors America’s (KMA) best-selling models – the Forte compact sedan – has earned a J.D. Power Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) award. The announcement comes after Kia was named the highest-ranked mass-market brand in the J.D. Power’sInitial Quality Study. For the 5th consecutive year, the Forte earns its segment-topping performance in the compact car segment.

The Kia Forte received the lowest rate of reported problems among compact cars in the 2019 J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experience with their vehicle after 90 days of ownership.

Michael Cole, chief operating officer, and EVP, Kia Motors America said…

Kia developed the third-generation Forte to take on the toughest the compact segment has to offer. The result, a world-class vehicle that raises the bar in terms of styling, packaging, and content.

Earning back-to-back J.D. Power APEAL and IQS awards, the Forte demonstrates Kia’s high level of commitment to quality and the ownership experience.

Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Forte has a more sophisticated design and desirable features. The changes transformed one of KMA’s best-selling vehicles into something much more than just a commuter car. For the 2020 model year, the Forte adds two exciting new sport trims to complete the versatile model line, which now comprises FE, LXS, GT Line, EX, and GT.


The J.D. Power APEAL study measures new-vehicle owners’ overall satisfaction with their vehicles in the first 90 days of ownership. The results are divided into ten categories and weighted accordingly: exterior, interior, storage, audio, seats, heating and ventilation, driving dynamics, powertrain, visibility, and fuel economy.

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