• Aug 25, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Kia Forte

The Kia Forte has been caught out again, this time in more press photos and the official Korean-market brochure. The 2009 Spectra replacement is a looker... even if it borrows some of those looks from other vehicles. Regardless, those shapely front fenders, strong shoulder line that terminates into the A-pillar and concave space right above the sills are definitely elements not usually found in the economy car class. The car will probably come to the U.S. with a slight price bump over the $13,000 Spectra, but there'll be more power, space, and fuel economy to go with it. Check out the gallery of hi-res photos below, and if you read Korean and see anything newsworthy in the brochure feel free to let us know in the comments.


[Source: Carscoop]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice color and wheel options. Decent interior choices. And it doesn't look to bad, really. A few angles are edgier than they need to be, but overall it isn't bad. In fact, it's good. Looks like a good car for the money. Although I admit to not being familiar with Kia's reliability. Assuming it's at least as reliable as its American competition it seems to be a great little car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wait, is this called the Forte or Farte? Push button start, so much hype for lazy people with no opposeable thumbs...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The best thing about the push start is the ability to have keyless ignition. This is truly a "lazy" option, but one that once you've had, you will love.
        Walk up to the car, pull the handle, get in, push the button... no searching for keys, no buttons to push, just get in and go. You feel like the car recognizes you. :D
        • 6 Years Ago
        one of the stupider comments ever. The difference in energy expended is negligible (seriously, how do you call pushing a button vs turning a key 'lazy'?), while the convenience is significantly higher.

        Screw you, technological advancements!
        • 6 Years Ago
        heh. icu812ru469 has a key fetish.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I've tried the ES350 with push start... you can have the same thing of entering the car without having to have a "push button." Take the LS430 for example, SmartAccess gave you ability to enter the car without a key, but you turned a lever, instead of pressing a button. And also, I would like to have a key to start up my PC, for security reasons, so no one can just press a button and use my computer. Also, there is no power savings you bunch of chicken claw land crawlers...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well you press the "POWER' button on your computer. What? You want a key for that too?
      • 6 Years Ago
      man, this is a nice improvement over their current offerings. I still remember the days of the original Sephia
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fantastic compact car on paper. On the road is probably a different story, but maybe they'll surprise everyone.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hate to admit it but some of the designs comming out of Korea are better than Japan or the domestic manufactures. This sure does not look like a 14K car. If these guys get their NVH and reliability issues squared away and that's combined with the warranty and pricing advantages offered they have a winner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's quite unfortunate that it has torsion beam rear suspension (just like the Corolla). It wouldn't matter to an average daily commuter but I doubt the Forte will be as fun to drive as the Civic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look out Toyota!!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's much better looking than the Elantra. This is probably the best looking Kia yet. It has elements of styling borrowed from Honda/Acura and BMW. The Theta engine should be quite an improvement in the smaller size platform over the current Beta engine. It probably won't have all the premium features shown in the brochure when it comes to the US, but in the $13-15k range I think this car will be a big hit.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I totally agree. Best looking Kia yet. Hopefully it drives and lives as well as it looks ! And also hope the price tag says "kia" and not high dollar honda or toyota !
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd say that the design is pretty reminiscent of Audi w/ flame-surfacing that is less controversial than what Bangle did with BMWs.

        Not a great design, but definitely better than most compacts on the market today (the weakest point is the dash).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kia's cars were always above average in quality and reliability since 2000.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Kia's cars were always above average in quality and reliability since 2000. "

        You're kidding, right?

        I can't speak for post 2004. 2004 and prior, Kia has some very nasty quality issues.
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Chevy Cruze better watch out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Especially considering the fact that this car will beat the Cruze to the American market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice finishing but too upright and boxy. In a years time it will look dated. When it is dirty after a weeks driving it will look bland, unnoticeable. Your new car will feel like any other. Ah well, not a bad effort, just needs a bit of a vision. Focus panel designed?
        • 6 Years Ago
        What's with this "sticking out" trend? Why would I want to be noticeable non-stop? I don't walk around with pink rhinestones on my blue suede jacket all the time (I don't have one, of course, but anyway). Sometimes ... most times, I just want to look decent and respectable while feeling comfortable. Who can complain about this sharp, simple styling with leather seats and navigation?!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very, very, very nice. I am becoming a fan. I can't wait to see what mpg numbers and prices are with NAV.
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