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I have a kia optima hybrid ex, which is a lease car and i am about to return it, too bad i can not get the same deal on the car, i leased it for 295.00 back in the day (2016) and now i can not (bummer). So i was looking at kia forte ex, and since i also test drov Honda civic, i wanted to know if the cabin in forte is not noisy?
 

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I also test drove the Civic prior to purchasing the KIA Forte EX with 16" wheels. The Forte has a very quiet engine, at least on warm days, you can barely hear it at low speeds, 57 dB when idling according to my phone. The Civic is similar, around 60 dB when idling. I read a review comparing different brand car model noise levels by Car and driver, can't find it anymore, according to them the 2018 KIA Forte is quieter than the Civic. Haven't found anything for the 19.

I would say the Forte's suspension is not as good as the Civic, so you'll feel more vibration and hear bumps on bad road. Can't really complain when the price difference is so big.

My recommendation would be, as suggested, to test drive it yourself. As long as you don't floor the accelerator you can't hear the IVT. The feel is pretty for CVT transmission.
 

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I have a kia optima hybrid ex, which is a lease car and i am about to return it, too bad i can not get the same deal on the car, i leased it for 295.00 back in the day (2016) and now i can not (bummer). So i was looking at kia forte ex, and since i also test drov Honda civic, i wanted to know if the cabin in forte is not noisy?
I'd be interested in knowing if you bought a kia and how noisy it is or isn't? I bought a used 2016 Forte and can't stand the noise. I took it to a dealer for inspection before I bought it. Primarily because of what I perceived as noise. I didn't know if Kia cars where supposed to sound like that or what. (interior noise that sounds like it comes from suspension, etc.)
The tech decided everything was OK. Thought the noise was from the tires. I drove it all winter letting the sound get to me every time I was in it. Bought new tires a couple weeks ago. Still had all the noise. Took it back to the dealer last week. They looked it all over, and decided the noise was from a missing fender liner. Also said I need new rear brakes.
(Didn't take it out for a drive.)
I saw that dealer had a 2017 Forte for sale yesterday. Called and talked to a salesman about the problem and asked if I could drive the 2017 for a comparison. It made the same noise !! Not as loud, but definitely the exact same noise.
The service guys already have the missing splash guards ordered, so I'll let them replace / repair that issue.
Then I'll take it to a repair shop I trust to replace all the brakes, and test drive it to see if they know where the noise comes from. If they find a problem/source of the noise, I'll take it back to the Kia dealer for warranty repairs. (brakes, etc. aren't covered by the warranty)
 

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Problems solved. Brakes. All new brakes front and rear installed yesterday. The thumps, bumps, clunks, and grinds and drags are all gone.
New brakes, new Michelin tires, an exterior detail, and oil change. Maybe this 2016 will last a few more years.
 
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