2023 Kia Forte is mostly unchanged, $400 more

One of the few remaining small sedans in the US enters the 2023 model year without upgrades.

Despite no major changes, the 2023 Kia Forte is pricier across the board. Let's first look at the entry-level South Korean sedan.

Other visual tweaks included a sportier front bumper with three-point LED fog lights arranged diagonally in the GT trim level. The pre-facelift model got new 16- and 17-inch wheels.

The 2023 Forte has four trim levels: FE, LXS, GT-Line, and GT. The GT Technology Package has been discontinued, and the dual-clutch GT model now has the FCA Fusion safety pack.

All 2.0-liter LX, LXS, and GT-Line models are SULEV30-compliant. The 2023 Forte retains its naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine and turbocharged 1.6-liter mill.

The base engine produces 147 horsepower (110 kW) and 132 pound-feet (179 Nm) of torque, while the GT's 1.6 produces 201 hp (150 kW) and 195 lb-ft (265 Nm). Sportier models are available with manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

The 2023 Forte LX starts at $19,490, $400 more than the 2022 model. GT models start at $24,190 (DCT) and $24,890 (MT). The LXS costs $19,990 and the GT-Line $21,690.