2015 Kia Forte is a compact class winner

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2015 KIA FORTEBy: Veeno Dewan.

The Kia Forte family of compact sedans; the   two-door Forte Koup and the Forte5 hatchback has been popular choices in recent years, and it is not hard to see why. Nice styling, an unbelievable array of features not found in car in this sector, and all for an amazing price are the key attractions.

Whichever model of Kia Forte you buy; sporty, semi aggressive styling is standard. The two- door Koupe has a wide, pugnacious street fighter look about it, whilst the four –door sedan and five door hatchback look sleek and contemporary.   The Kia Forte is available with two four-cylinder engines; a base 1.8 four cylinder and a larger 2.o liter engine.  The $15,995 Forte LX is powered by a 1.8-litre four-cylinder, producing 148 horsepower and 131 lb.-ft. of torque.  The more powerful, direct-injected 2.0-litre engine is standard on the mid-range EX and fully loaded SX models and produces 172 horsepower and 154 lb.-ft. of torque.   Depending on the trim level, either engine can be paired with either a six speed automatic or a manual transmission. A Steptronic Autobox with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters is also an option on the SX model’s 2 liter mill.

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The 2014 Kia Forte comes with a very impressive list of standard features. The entry level LX supplies: steering-wheel audio controls, air conditioning, heated mirrors, trip computer and body-colored mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, HID headlights with daytime running lights, LED tail lights, power-folding mirrors, keyless entry with push-button start, leather seating surfaces, heated front and rear seats, power-adjustable and cooled driver’s seat with memory settings, heated steering wheel, GPS navigation, automatic climate control, six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with Sirius satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity, seven-inch touchscreen, backup camera and more

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Base price/as tested $15,995 – $26,195

Destination charge $1,650