Redesigned a year ago, the 2015 Kia Forte finds itself in a much better position to compete against the perennial powerhouses. Slotted between the compact Rio and the midsize Optima, the Forte sedan boasts striking style, a spacious cabin and luxury amenities.
The 2015 Kia Forte comes in three body styles: sedan, coupe (Koup) and hatchback (Forte5). They each seat five. The sedan is available in LX and EX trims, and the Koup and Forte 5 offer a choice between EX and SX models. Buyers will choose between a trio of four-cylinder engines. Front-wheel drive is standard.
Kia’s Uvo telematics system is no longer standard on EX. Otherwise, the Kia Forte carries over unchanged for 2015.
Influenced by European sport-sedan styling, the 2015 Forte’s sheet metal is restrained, yet eye-catching. The handsome look begins up front with Kia’s ubiquitous tiger-nose grille and sharply raked windshield. Upswept headlights match equally dramatic taillights at the rear. Curvy body lines dominate the rest of the physique. Base sedans ride on 15-inch steel wheels.
Moving up the trim line brings amenities such as xenon headlights, LED running lights and taillights, fog lights, power-folding heated mirrors, a sunroof, illuminated door handles and 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels.
Attractive style cues carry over to the cabin of the 2015 Kia Forte. The most interesting aesthetic touch is a ripple effect in the dashboard on the passenger side. The seats are supportive yet comfortable, the back seat is especially roomy, and good-quality materials are found throughout. Trunk sizes range from a generous 13.3 cubic feet in the coupe to a spacious 23.2 cubic feet in the hatchback.
Standard equipment includes power windows and doors, air conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. The Popular package adds upgraded seat trim, a sliding console armrest and a fold-down center armrest. Higher trims bring in a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, cooling glove compartment, an eight-way power driver’s seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
The 2015 Kia Forte is ideal for running errands or commuting, but driving enthusiasts likely will want to look elsewhere. There’s decent acceleration and responsive handling, especially in SX trims, but other cars are just more fun to drive. Overall, the ride quality is good, but you’ll feel the bumps and ruts on a rough road.
Under the hood of the LX sedan is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 145 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. That powerplant is paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic gearbox. Its fuel economy tops out at 26/39 mpg city/highway. The EX is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. It’s matched with the six-speed automatic transmission on the sedan and hatchback, and the six-speed manual is an option for the coupe. It achieves an estimated 25/36 mpg city/highway. SX trims feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that cranks out 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, and accompanies either the six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmissions. It rates at a maximum 22/30 mpg city/highway.
Base models come with a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack. Optional are an extra pair of speakers. Available in higher trims are features such as the Uvo infotainment system, a rearview camera, a navigation system and HD Radio.
By Jill Leonard (Last Updated 4/26/2018)
Jill Leonard is a writer and editor based in Pittsburgh. She first started working on automotive stories at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where she was a copy editor for more than 15 years. Sadly, despite reading hundreds of stories about vehicles, she still struggles to get her oil changed in a timely manner.
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The price range for the 2015 Kia Forte is $7,500 - $12,988.
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