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NADAguides.com Awards 2010 Kia Forte 'Car of the Month'
NADAguides.com, the leading provider of vehicle pricing and information, today announced the 2010 Kia Forte has received the NADAguides.com "Car of the Month" award for August. Though the competition in this segment is strong, the Forte is a top contender with a long list of "Best in Class" features and great looks both inside and out. This brand new entry to the compact sedan market has consumers taking a serious look at Kia.
"It's tough to find a weakness in the Forte. With a stylish and comfortable cabin, excellent fuel economy, great safety features and a 'Best in Class' engine, the Kia Forte is everything you need in a car," said Michael Caudill, NADAguides.com Auto Expert. "Add in the low price point and a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and the Forte provides an exceptional value in the hotly contested compact sedan segment."
The 2010 Kia Forte is available with a choice of two engines: a 2.0L DOHC 4-cylinder producing 156 hp or a 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder making 173 hp. 2.0L models are paired with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission, while transmissions for the 2.4L models each receive another gear. With either engine, Forte drivers can expect plenty of performance and great fuel economy. EPA estimated figures are 25 city/34 hwy mpg for the 2.0L and 23 city/31 hwy for the 2.4L. For even fewer trips to the pump, the Fuel Economy Package (available with EX trim only) adds electronic power steering, a smart alternator, low rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic improvements to achieve 27 city/36 hwy mpg.
On the inside, the Kia Forte is a pleasant place to pass the miles. All trims come standard with Bluetooth hands-free calling and an AM/FM/CD/MP3 radio with SIRIUS satellite radio and iPod connectivity. EX and SX trims add steering wheel mounted controls, cruise control, optional sunroof and available with heated leather seats.
Standard safety features include a 4 wheel anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control and dual front, side and full-curtain airbags. Further peace of mind comes in the form of a low $13,695 base price and Kia's 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
For the complete video review and image gallery, please visit NADAguides.com and click on the "Car of the Month" banner on the top right side of the page.
The NADAguides.com "Car of the Month" program is unique from any other review program in the automobile industry and provides consumers with expert commentary and practical information on the cars, trucks and SUVs they are shopping for. Selecting one vehicle per month, NADAguides.com will announce the "Car of the Month" through a multi-media platform including an online video review, press release and a comprehensive blog post where consumers can provide additional commentary.