Redesigned for 2014, the Kia Forte is a compact sedan that utilizes a front engine FWD layout. Engines include a standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 148 hp and optional 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that yields 173 hp. Transmissions consist of a 6-speed manual and 6-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 24 mpg city to 37 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission selection. Available features include 17-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, power sunroof with tilt, 6-speaker audio system, navigation system, rear camera display, hands-free phone capabilities, USB jack, leather trim, and push-button start. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, brake assist (BA), anti-lock braking (ABS), traction control (TCS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). The Forte is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Kia Forte has been completely redesigned for 2014, with longer, wider and lower proportions, improved performance and fuel economy, a more refined ride and more comfortable interior and more technology and connectivity features. Most notably, perhaps, it adopts Kia's more distinct, European-influenced design language that has helped propel the brand's sales in recent years.
Stylish new exterior; choice of powertrains; fuel-efficiency; great list of standard equipment; standout comfort and convenience options
The Forte is a compact sedan that's one size down from the Kia Optima and one up from the Kia Rio. It competes in a crowded segment, against some very established nameplates like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta and Ford Focus, as well as the relatively recent Chevrolet Cruze and Dodge Dart. The Kia stands out for offering a little more equipment for the same price--as well as some standout comfort options, such as a heated steering wheel and cooled driver's seat. There's also a choice between two engines, a fuel-efficient 1.8L and the stronger 2.0L so every buyer can find the right combination of power and fuel economy.