Kia Forte-5-Door Model History

All New and Used Forte-5-Door Model Years and History

Kia’s elegantly designed Forte5 hatchback comes barebones with plenty of bells and whistles in the upper trim levels.
2018 Kia 1200 Forte5 30998 0
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The Forte by Kia gives entry-level buyers real choices, with a healthy list of options to consider.
2017 Kia 1200 Forte5 29759 0
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The Kia Forte hatchback offers convenience and comfort, all wrapped into one unique vehicle.
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2016 Kia 1200 Forte 5-Door 28762 0
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A strong manufacturer warranty, quality components and a stylish body style with plenty of interior and exterior options to love easily highlight the Kia Forte five-door hatchback.
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2015 Kia 1200 Forte 5-Door 27635 0
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An affordable 5-door hatchback available with premium features, the 2014 Kia Forte 5-door covers all the bases without breaking the bank.
2014 Kia 1200 Forte 5-Door 26610 0
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The hatchback variant of the Forte, the 2013 Kia Forte 5-door is available with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that yields 173 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque.
2013 Kia 1200 Forte 5-Door 25441 0
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The hatchback version of the Kia Forte, the 2012 Forte 5-door offers greater interior capacity while maintaining superior gas mileage.
3.8
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2012 Kia 1200 Forte 5-Door 21846 0
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A third and all-new body style for the South Korean brand's Forte lineup, the 2011 Kia Forte 5-Door provides more usable cargo storage as well as an increased European-like sleekness.
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2011 Kia 1200 Forte 5-Door 21078 0
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The Forte was introduced by Kia in 2010 as an important fighter in the competitive compact car category. Originally entering dealership showrooms as a four-door sedan and coupe (called the Koup), a five-door hatchback version of the Forte joined the lineup for the 2011 model year. The 2011 Kia Forte 5-door debuted in EX and SX trim levels featuring a 19.4 cubic feet cargo area (4.7 cubic feet larger than the Forte sedan). A 156-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine powered the EX while the SX was propelled by a more potent 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter powerplant. Named the Forte 5-door from 2011 to 2013, a larger version of the hatchback arrived in 2014 under a sportier Forte5 moniker. The 2014 Kia Forte5 was re-imagined with a more European-inspired exterior, larger wheels and most importantly increased cargo room. In addition to fitting five passengers, the 2014 Forte5 offered 23.2 cubic feet of rear storage space. An optional turbocharged 1.6-liter GDI engine found on the SX model provided a vibrant 201-horsepower thrust to the second generation Forte5. For 2017, the Kia Forte5 again underwent a striking exterior make-over complete with a bold new "tiger nose" grille first seen on the mid-sized Optima. Along with styling revisions, the 2017 Forte5 also added available advanced safety features as well as a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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