Largely unchanged for 2013, the Kia Forte 5-door is a hatchback powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 156 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. For increased performance, Kia offers an optional 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that yields 173 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions consist solely of a 6-speed automatic. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 23 mpg city to 36 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. 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, paddle shifters, 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 5-door is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
The Kia Forte has seen several updates for 2013. Styling has been improved, giving the car a more streamlined shape. More standard features have been included across all trim levels and Kia has added additional sound deadening to increase refinement levels.
Attractive styling; economical; available in a variety of body styles; great warranty; plenty of standard features
The Forte is Kia's entry into the crowded compact segment, competing with the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. Starting at $15,400, the Forte offers clean attractive styling and a warranty that's hard to beat. A major emphasis has been put on offering the Forte with plenty of attractive optional equipment and using high quality materials on the interior.