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2014 Kia Forte Safety

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Kia had said that one of its primary goals is to bring all of its cars up to five-star ratings, but those results weren't accomplished for the Forte.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards it four stars overall, with an unsatisfying three-star rating for front impacts, but a five-star rating for side impacts.

The NHTSA's three-star front-impact score is concerning; the Forte comes with standard Bluetooth, but a rearview camera is an option only on the EX.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives the Forte 'good' ratings in most categories, but it achieves a worrisome 'poor' rating in the new small overlap frontal test.

All Forte sedans come with six airbags and stability control, as well as Bluetooth, a feature we connect to safety because of the talk-and-drive habits of the vast majority of drivers. A rearview camera can be ordered, but only on the Forte EX.

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