Summary, Prices, Specs

By February 18, 2013


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 report after his test drive of the Kia Forte EX near Phoenix.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:Kia Forte LX ($16,000); EX ($18,000)
Engines:148-hp 1.8-liter I4; 173-hp 2.0-liter I4; 201 hp 1.6-liter turbochared I4
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 6-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):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):rearview camera
Basic warranty:10,000 miles/10 years
Assembled in:Korea
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):Kia Forte EX ($18,000)
Standard equipment: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 (MSPR):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
Destination charge:$850
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$18000
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter 16-valve I4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):173 @ 6500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):154 @ 4700
Transmission:6-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:N/A
Wheelbase:106.3 in.
Length/width/height:179.5/70.1/56.5 in.
Track, f/r:61.1/61.7 in.
Turning circle:34.8 ft.
Seating Capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.1/na/42.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:37.3/na/35.9 in.
Cargo volume:14.9 cu. ft.
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:McPherson strut, coil springs, anti-rollbar
Suspension, r:torsion beam, coil springs, anti-rollbar
Ground clearance:5.5 in.
Curb weigth:2857 lbs.
Brakes, f/r:11-inch vented disc/10.3-inch solid disc
Fuel capacity:13.2 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of February 18, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-333-4542 -