New for 2014 the Kia Forte 5-door is a hatchback powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. For increased performance, Kia offers an optional 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that yields 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions consist of a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 21 mpg city to 34 mpg highway, depending on engine selection. Options include HID headlights, 18-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, power sunroof with tilt, navigation system, rear camera display, heated/cooled front seats, heated rear seats, 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 been completely redesigned for 2014, with longer, wider and lower proportions, improved performance and fuel economy, a more refined ride and more comfortable interior and more technology and connectivity features. Most notably, perhaps, it adopts Kia's more distinct, European-influenced design language that has helped propel the brand's sales in recent years.
Stylish new exterior; choice of powertrains; fuel-efficiency; great list of standard equipment; standout comfort and convenience options
The Forte is a compact sedan that's one size down from the Kia Optima and one up from the Kia Rio. It competes in a crowded segment, against some very established nameplates like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta and Ford Focus, as well as the relatively recent Chevrolet Cruze and Dodge Dart. The Kia stands out for offering a little more equipment for the same price--as well as some standout comfort options, such as a heated steering wheel and cooled driver's seat. There's also a choice between two engines, a fuel-efficient 1.8L and the stronger 2.0L so every buyer can find the right combination of power and fuel economy.