Redesigned for 2014, the Kia Forte is good looking, completely up to date with contemporary technologies, and more than adequate in the performance and creature comfort arenas. Add Kia's generous warranty program and its escalating residual values.
Barry Winfield filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the Kia Forte EX near Phoenix.
dual front and side airbags, full-length side curtain airbag, front three-point seatbelts with pretensioners, rear three-point seatbelts, ABS, EBD, vehicle stability management, traction control, tire-pressure monitoring system
Safety equipment (optional):
10,000 miles/10 years
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Kia Forte EX ($18,000)
air conditioning, satellite radio with six speakers, Bluetooth technology, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, trip computer, power windows and locks, body color mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, fog- and LED positioning lights, six-speaker stereo, UVO telematics package, rear camera display, cruise control with wheel-mounted controls, keyless entry and Flexsteer variable steering assist, 16-inch alloy wheels
Options as tested (MSRP):
Premium Package, which includes heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and push button start with Smart Key and a heated steering wheel
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
2.0-liter 16-valve I4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
173 @ 6500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
154 @ 4700
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
14.9 cu. ft.
McPherson strut, coil springs, anti-rollbar
torsion beam, coil springs, anti-rollbar
11-inch vented disc/10.3-inch solid disc
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of February 10, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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