The 2013 Kia Forte offers a relatively strong set of safety features, along with decent occupant protection—although results from the two U.S. crash-test organizations have been quite different.
The federal government has awarded the Forte four stars overall, including four stars for frontal and side-impact protection, but it got a more worrisome three-star rating with a male (adult) sized crash dummy in the side test, and only a two-star rating in the new side pole test. On the other hand, the IIHS has given the Kia Forte top 'good' ratings in frontal offset, side impact, and rood strength, along with rear impact; it also earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. Keep in mind that the IIHS notes that these scores extend only to the four-door Forte Sedan models.
Standard equipment across the 2013 Forte model line includes front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front active headrests, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and electronic stability control.