Source: Kia announcement

IRVINE, Calif. – The 2022 Forte compact sedan arrives with a host of enhancements including an expanded suite of new and upgraded Drive Wise ADAS technology.  The compact sedan offers six standard ADAS features and a total of 15 systems, including Lane Following Assist, Navigation-Based Smart Cruise Control, Highway Driving Assist, and Safe Exit Warning. 

The Forte is available in four trim levels – FE, LXS, GT-Line and GT.  For 2022, the EX model has been discontinued and a new GT-Line Sport Premium package has been added.  Other new package offerings across the model range include LXS Technology, GT-Line Technology, and GT Technology, each with a unique combination of tech and ADAS systems.   

For those wanting a sport-infused version of the Forte, the GT-Line trim offers an exceptional combination of performance styling and premium features.  The wide array of content includes unique 17-inch wheels, sport exterior design elements, LED fog lights, sport combination seats with SynTex/cloth, sport steering wheel, a 10.25-inch navigation touchscreen, and Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist.

At the top of the lineup, the Forte GT brings a true performance experience with a 201-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder engine.  This 200+ HP sports compact sedan is a standout in the segment for its balanced driving dynamics and boasts a standard 7-speed DCT.  It is also one of few such offerings with an available manual transmission.  

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems
The 2022 Forte makes several enhancements to its suite of Kia Drive Wise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). There are six standard ADAS features and as many as 15 systems in total.  New features to the Forte include:

  • Standard Lane Following Assist (LFA): Follows lane markings that the system detects and provides steering inputs to help maintain the vehicle in the center of the lane
  • Available Highway Driving Assist (HDA)3: Uses federal highway speed limit information from the navigation system and, under certain conditions, will automatically adjust speed to be within the posted speed limit and help to maintain distance with the vehicle detected in front
  • Available Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Curve (NSCC-C): Leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves
  • Available Navigation Based Smart Cruise Control-Zone (NSCC-Z): Leverages the navigation system to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively to adapt to changing speed limits on the highway
  • Available Safe Exit Warning (SEW)5: Can alert the driver or passengers of certain potential hazards approaching from behind when exiting the vehicle

The following systems were upgraded over the previous model year:

  • Available Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): Under certain conditions, can detect vehicles traveling in the next lane. When a vehicle is “seen” in the blind spot, the vehicle brakes the outer wheel under certain conditions to help return the vehicle to its lane
  • Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA-Ped): Assists the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle or pedestrian is detected in front
  • Available Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA-Cyc): Assists the driver when braking to help prevent a collision or lessen the effects in certain conditions if a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist is detected in front
  • Available Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist (RCCA): Helps detect most approaching cross traffic when in reverse. When approaching cross traffic is detected, the system alerts the driver and may apply the brakes

Other standard ADAS features include Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), and Lane Keep Assist (LKA).

For a more complete rendition of features available on the new 2022 Kia Forte, click HERE.