Entry-level compact sedans aren’t typically—if ever—known for their standout safety features, but Kia is looking to change that with the new 2010 Kia Forte. The new Kia 2010 Forte offers just about every safety feature that its competitors do, but on the Kia Forte they are all included as standard fare, which is much more than can be said about any other car in this class.
Like most 2010 model year vehicles, the 2010 Kia Forte has not yet been crash-tested by either the insurance-funded IIHS or NHTSA, the federal government's program, and since the Kia Forte is an all-new model, there is little indication as to how the car will fare during its crash-test trials. Keep checking TheCarConnection.com for the latest updates on the Kia Forte’s crash-test ratings; we’ll bring you the results as soon as they become available.
Despite the dearth of impact data, TheCarConnection.com’s editors are comfortable giving the Kia 2010 Forte a very solid 8 in the Safety category thanks to its commendable list of standard safety features. Edmunds reviewers report that the “standard [2010 Kia] Forte safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.” Motor Trend adds that those features “are aided by an impressive acronym soup of safety features including…EBD (electronic brake force distribution), and TCS (traction control),” all of which “are standard across the Forte range.” There are still some much more expensive cars that don’t come standard with all of these available safety features, so to see a compact sedan offer the full complement of safety equipment on even the lowest trim level is refreshing and an indication of Kia’s commitment to driver safety—after all, only safe customers can become repeat customers.
The 2010 Kia Forte has one other major safety advantage going for it, and that’s the Kia Forte’s impressive driver visibility. Car and Driver reports that one of the Forte’s styling cues, its “upswept side-window line,” helps contribute to “front-side visibility.” TheCarConnection.com’s editors also notice the uncluttered sightlines during their test drive of the Kia 2010 Forte.