The Kia Forte family of compact sedans; the two-door Forte Koup and the Forte5 hatchback have been popular choices in recent years, and it is not hard to see why. Nice styling, an unbelievable array of features found in cars costing many thousand of dollars more, 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.
Styling is more cohesive across the range, with the harmonious integration of full width taillights and updated fascias. Cool chrome detailing and courtesy puddle lights add to the flair; whilst large 17- inch alloys set off the Forte very well. The Kia Forte is available with two four-cylinder engines; a base 1.8 four cylinder and a larger 2.o liter engine. $15,995 Forte LX is powered by the 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, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 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. The Kia SX for the price is just an incredible bargain with its luxury and technology features. Highly recommeneded.
2015 Kia Forte
Type of vehicle Front-wheel drive compact sedan
Engine 2.0-litre four-cylinder
Power 173 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 154 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission Six-speed automatic
Brakes Four-wheel disc with ABS
Base price/as tested $15,995/$26,195
Destination charge $1,650