Can a Kia Forte Tow a Travel Trailer or Popup Camper?

The Kia Forte has a towing capacity of 0. It is highly inadvisable to do so as it would place extra stress, causing it to wear out quicker than usual.

Kia Forte Engine

The Kia Forte has two engine options available.

  1. 2.0 L Nu MPi I4: This is the engine for all the trims save for the GT trim. The Nu used in the Forte is an Atkinson Cycle in-line four-cylinder engine with a multi-point fuel injection system. This engine can produce 147 hp at 6200 rpm with 144 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm.

  2. 1.6 L Gamma II T-GDi I4: The Gamma II is the engine employed by the high-performance GT trim of the Kia Forte. It is a twin-scroll turbocharged, in-line four-cylinder with a gasoline direct injection fuel system and air-guided intercooler. The Gamma II generates 201 hp at 6000 rpm with 195 lb-ft of torque at 1500-4500 rpm.

Between the two engines, the Gamma II would be better at pulling loads than the Nu. This is due to the fact that the higher power generated by the Gamma II would put it an advantageous position over the Nu whilst towing.

Should you tow with the Forte?

Towing with the Forte is impossible without installing a towing hitch, which can be purchased at aftermarket stores. However, the manufacturer advises against towing with the Forte as it was not designed with towing in mind; therefore, the engine and transmission would not be able to handle the extra stress required to pull loads and would be susceptible to failure.

Not to forget that due to the absence of a proper cooling system, the engine would be prone to overheating as towing overworks the engine. Another reason why towing should be avoided the possible deformation of the frame of the vehicle due to the loads pulled by the vehicle.

The Kia Forte is a compact four-door sedan built and marketed by the South Korean car manufacturer Kia. The Kia Forte used to be known as the Cerato in North America until 2009; however, the vehicle is still known as the Cerato in Australasia and Latin America. The vehicle entered its fourth generation in 2018, where it was unveiled at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The Forte is available in five different trims: the FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and the GT.

Just because it is possible to tow with the vehicle doesn’t mean we should, as the manufacturer states in the owner’s manual, that it isn’t designed for towing.

So whoever insists on towing with the Forte would do so at their own risk.