Does the 2012 Kia Forte have Bluetooth?

I just bought my first car! It’s an older Kia Forte, and I’m trying to figure out how to connect my phone wirelessly. Does the 2012 Kia Forte have Bluetooth?

Shannon Fitzgerald · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Congrats! Saving up for your first set of wheels is no small feat. Yes, the 2012 Kia Forte has Bluetooth. Unlike some previous model years, the 2012 Forte comes with Bluetooth standard on all trims.
Fortunately, this means you can connect your phone wirelessly for calls and audio streaming whether you’re driving a
Forte LX
Forte EX
, or
Forte SX
Here’s how you can pair your phone to your Kia:
  • Enable Bluetooth on your phone or device
  • On your Kia Forte’s radio console, hit the “Setup” button
  • Scroll to “Phone” on the display using your radio tuner
  • Select “Pair”
  • A device name and passkey for your Forte will appear on the screen
  • Look for the device name in your phone’s available devices and select it
  • Enter the passkey from your radio screen
  • Your Forte’s radio will display “Pairing complete” to confirm that your phone is connected
To use your Forte’s Bluetooth audio streaming capabilities, just hit the “AUX” button on your radio console until “MP3 play” is displayed. You can then begin streaming music directly from your device. To make hands-free calls, hit the “Phone” icon on your steering wheel and use voice recognition to dial numbers or pull up contacts.
Just keep in mind that even hands-free devices can earn you a
distracted driving ticket
, which can increase your
Kia Forte insurance costs
quite a bit!
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