What are the 2023 Kia Forte Trim Levels?

The 2023 Kia Forte is a compact sedan that provides a winning mix of sporty character with all the modern vehicle features you need to succeed in modern life. A Forte is the perfect car to tackle our Edmonton city streets and comes in six different trim levels for your choosing. But, with all those choices, which one is the best for you? That’s where our North Edmonton Kia team comes in, as we’ve taken the time to break down each trim below, along with their highlights and upgrades from the previous trim, to make your decision a bit easier. Follow along as we go over each 2023 Kia Forte trim for you.

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The LX is your base-level Forte trim, and thus comes highlighted with a few standard items that are sure to easily kick off your experience with this vehicle thanks to a couple of necessities. The exterior is highlighted by 15-inch steel wheels and a black beltline trim, while the interior balances comfort and tech with its cloth seats and 8-inch display audio. The LX is a worthy introductory trim, but the upgrades come in heavy on just the next trim.

2023 Forte LX Highlights:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Black beltline trim
  • Cloth seats
  • 8-inch display audio

Starting from $22,883*. Price is subject to change.


The EX Forte provides good reason to skip over the entry-level LX model thanks to a host of highlighted upgrades. The exterior makes its mark with 16-inch machined-finish alloy wheels, LED positioning lights and a gloss black grille. Relax in comfort and sporty style thanks to the heated steering wheel inside, a striking satin interior and a rear center armrest. Tech and safety features added include a convenient wireless phone charger, lane keep assist, driver attention alert system and forward collision-avoidance assist.

2023 Forte EX Highlighted Upgrades:

  • 16-inch machined-finish alloy wheels
  • LED positioning lights
  • Gloss black grille
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Satin chrome interior
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Forward collision-avoidance assist

Starting from $24,583*. Price is subject to change.


The EX+ does exactly what the + in its name suggests and adds to the already improved features of the main trim with a couple of worthy upgrades. The 16-inch wheels of the EX have been swapped out for 17-inch alloy wheels, while you’ll experience the best in illumination for the front and rear with LED headlights and taillights. Better connect with the wonders of our Alberta backcountry with a sunroof that gets you closer to it all while driving.

2023 Forte EX+ Highlighted Upgrades:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Sunroof

Starting from $26,283*. Price is subject to change.

EX Premium

The EX Premium concludes the trio of EX trims with this upgraded trim that adds on a variety of advanced tech and safety features. Let everyone relax how they want with dual-zone automatic climate control, and score their drive thanks to the wide reach of satellite radio. Smart key with push-button start and Kia Connect will make your drive even more convenient, while smart cruise control, an electronic parking brake, and an obstacle-detecting driver window help improve the safety onboard.

2023 Forte EX Premium Highlighted Upgrades:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Satellite Radio
  • Smart cruise control
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Smart key with push-button start
  • Kia connect
  • Obstacle-detecting driver window

Starting from $28,083*. Price is subject to change.


The GT-Line begins the top two trim levels, providing sporty upgrades for both the exterior and interior. See how this trim improves the sporty style of the Forte with a black beltline trim, red accent radiator grille, rear spoiler, LED fog lights and more. The interior continues the sport theme with sport seats, sport steering wheels and stainless steel post pedals. Heated rear seats and air-cooled front seats improve the comfort for both front and rear passengers. A 10.25-inch multimedia interface and highway drive assist add connectivity and safety to every drive.

2023 Forte GT-Line Highlighted Upgrades:

  • Black beltline trim
  • Red accent radiator grille
  • Rear spoiler
  • LED fog lights
  • Sport seats 
  • Heated rear seats
  • Air-cooled front seats
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Stainless steel sport pedals
  • 10.25-inch multimedia interface
  • Highway Drive Assist

Starting from $29,983*. Price is subject to change.

GT Limited

The top-level trim for the 2023 Forte is the GT Limited trim. It further improves the sport style from what the GT-Line trim already did with some can’t-miss updates. 18-inch sport alloy wheels, and a dual muffler increase the sedan’s dynamic character, while the interior keeps you secure and ready for top speeds with its synthetic leather front sport bucket seats. A Harman Kardon premium audio system will provide the soundtrack to your drives.

2023 Forte GT Limited Highlighted Upgrades:

  • 18-inch sport alloy wheels
  • Dual muffler
  • Synthetic leather seats
  • Front sport bucket seats
  • Harman Kardon premium audio system

Starting from $33,283*. Price is subject to change.

Shop for the Kia Forte at North Edmonton Kia

We hope our above breakdown helped you decide which 2023 Forte may be best for you. If you’re still having a tough time deciding between those six trims, let our North Edmonton Kia team help you make a decision. We will assist you every step of the way across the shopping and ordering experience, new or used, online or in person, ensuring you get the Forte you truly want.