For customers shopping in the compact-car segment, the Kia Forte offers a particularly wide range of choices. The lineup includes several body styles, along with three engines and many premium features.
The 2014 Kia Forte is offered in three body styles that seat five: sedan, coupe and five-door hatchback. All Forte body styles are offered in two trims. The sedan is available in LX and EX trims, while the so-called “Koup” and “Forte5” come in EX and SX trims. The three engines for the Forte are four-cylinder units of increasing power, with the sporty SX trims relying on a turbocharged powerplant. Front-wheel drive is standard.
Kia has completely redesigned the Forte for 2014.
Though the Koup and Forte5 have their own specific details, all models have an athletic appearance with a sharply raked windshield, swept-back headlights and distinctively curved sculpting along their lower flanks. Fifteen-inch steel wheels and automatic halogen headlights are standard for LX trims, and in the higher trims, owners can enjoy 16- through 18-inch alloy wheels and premium exterior lighting. That upscale illumination includes high-intensity discharge (HID) headlights, LED positioning lights, LED taillights, fog lamps and exterior mirrors with puddle lights. The Forte’s uplevel mirrors have integrated turn-signal indicators and power-folding capability. A power sunroof is available, too.
A surprisingly eye-catching cabin is another highlight of the Forte, thanks in part to unique “ripples” across the passenger side of the standard soft-touch dashboard. Additionally, the car has a driver-focused cabin layout in which the center stack and key controls are angled toward the pilot. The Forte then delivers very competitive levels of interior content, such as air conditioning, power windows and door locks, a six-way manually adjustable driver’s seat and a steering wheel with integrated audio controls and a tilt-and-telescoping column. All Forte body styles have 60/40-split folding rear seats. Cargo capacity ratings are 14.9 cubic feet for the sedan, 13.3 cubic feet for the coupe and 23.2 cubic feet for the hatchback.
In terms of notable options, the Forte supplies a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a heated and ventilated driver’s seat, heated bottom seat cushions in the rear and a heated and leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel. Dual-zone automatic temperature controls and push-button start are optional for all trims, and leather-trimmed seating is available in the Koupe and Forte5.
As mentioned, there are three engine choices for the Forte, and they begin with a standard 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces a capable 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. Brisker performance comes with the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, which is rated at 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. Finally, for a more serious driving experience, the Koup and Forte5 can be ordered with a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit. Also configured with four cylinders, this engine makes 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard in the LX sedan, EX Koup and all SX trims. A six-speed automatic is on the menu as well. A further advantage for the Forte is an optional “FlexSteer” system that allows owners to adjust steering performance.
The Forte’s EPA ratings span from 25/36 mpg city/highway in the standard sedan to 22/29 mpg city/highway for the Koup with an automatic transmission and turbo engine.
Standard hill-start assist and an optional rearview camera are among the Forte’s top driver-assistance features. Kia also provides standard Bluetooth technology for hands-free calling and audio streaming, plus a relatively high-end standard audio system with six audio speakers, satellite radio, a USB port and an auxiliary input jack.
For higher trims, a full UVO infotainment system can bundle a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, voice recognition, HD Radio and a variety of subscription-free telematics services.
"I love the sporty handling of my Kia Forte. The seats are comfortable even on long trips and it's great on gas. It has a good stereo and I am at 107k miles on it now and it's never given me any trouble other than normal things like needing new battery and tires and brake pads. When I retire this one I will be getting another Kia Forte. "
The interior is nice for the price. I have the rubber floor mats which is nice and it's roomy for hauling my grandkids around. The radio, cruise control and phone controls are on the steering wheel so that's nice. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that the upholstery could be more stain resistant.
Love the design and the paint has held up nicely in the hot GA sun without garage parking.
I love the responsive steering and for a 4 cyl car it picks up quickly enough and shifts smoothly.
The back seat can hold two full size car seats and still have room in the middle for a normal size adult.
Great car for under 20K and oil changes are every 5k miles. Great gas mileage for me since I drive a mix of city and highway.
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2014 Kia Forte Pricing
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The price range for the 2014 Kia Forte is $6,500 - $10,999.
The average selling price is $8,868.
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$15,900 - $19,500
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$6,500 - $10,999
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