• Sep 4, 2009
2010 Kia Forte Koup – Click above for high-res image gallery

Back in July, Kia announced that its two-door Forte would begin hitting dealerships across the United States later this summer. Well, that time is now, and the Korean automaker has just announced pricing on its fashionable coupe Koup. Pricing for the 2010 Forte Koupe will begin at $16,595, to which you can immediately add $695 for destination.

For those paying attention, that's puts the Koup a not-insignificant $2,900 over the base cost of the Forte sedan, which we found to be a credible entry into the popular compact car segment currently dominated by the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Add another grand if you'd like an automatic transmission (with just four forward ratios on the EX, sadly).

Stepping up to the SX model will cost you $17,695 to start with a manual transmission or $18,695 with a five-speed auto (plus destination) and will put a 173-hp 2.4 liter four cylinder underhood. A leather interior will add $1,000 to any trim level and a sunroof goes for $600. Click here to build your own – we added every option to our Koup and came up with an asking price of $21,505, which runs right in line with the car's intended competition.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda pricey for a Kia.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I prefer this Kia Koup over the Civic coupe. Styling is sharper and more masculine.
      Civic coupe looks like it is meant for young women. lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aren't women's cars usually CUVs and gigantic SUVs because they like the masculine protection?
        If you're secure you don't need your car to be masculine for you-after all cars are referred to with female pronouns. You call your car a "she" just like you refer to ships as "she" too. Ferrari's have all the right curves and nobody talks about guys having all the right curves.
        But seriously only someone with serious self-esteem problems would give a crap about what other idiots think of their car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @invisible- Secure or not, what man wants to drive a woman's car?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you insecure about your manhood and need a car to help prove you are a man?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah hun, we should have flower pots in all of our cars!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice car, terrible rims.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ zamafir:

        Definitely agree on the front looking chunky, the fog light area looks really boxy while the rest looks much smoother. Almost like they were trying to do too many things.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm impressed too. I'm almost embarrassed by how much I like their use of gloss-black plastic trim on the fascia to cheaply create the desired shapes.

        That said, aside from being something new, I'm not sure this is any better-looking than the four-year-old Scion tC. Not much to drive, that Scion, but it looks far classier than any $17K car has a right to do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed, I'm surprised, the front's a little chunky, obviously burrowing from the civic and even some ford products down under, but it the side profile and esp the C pillar work very well. If it's equipped with more standard features than the civic at the same price it should see brisk sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      extend the cash 4 clunkers, and these will fly off the shelves.

      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks like it should compete pretty favorably with the Scion tC. It's got more power and while I'm not sure I'd say it's better looking, it's at least as good looking and much less common. Assuming it handles well, this could have Scion playing catch-up.

      I hope it does... I want me some 200 HP tC to trade up to.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you look a the front lower valance it really doesnt look like a civic. But north of the bumper and put an H in the middle of the grill it's hard to tell the difference. One thing that the japanese haves issues with is cold weather. Heated mirrors, seats or anything is restricted to top tier models or not at all. Nice to see kia offers heated cloth seats, mirrors and wiper wells. The features are outstanding but I worry about these things becoming a problem later if they are up to the quality.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the backgrounds better than the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice looking car. A little plain, but the lines are nice and even a bit sporty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like the jdm civic
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahh. Not really.. What I see is a clean, safe design that'll probably get a lot of attention from people who normally buy the Honda Civic. Since the Civic has gone up in price, this coming in lower - and in this economy - is probably going to be a hit. I'm expecting to see a lot of Forte's (especially coupes) on the road...

        Sal Collaziano
        http://kiaforteforum.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        For years, after being warned about Kia and Hyundai, the people at Honda have been publicly scoffing at Korean brands and saying "they'll never match us!"

        Behold, the rise of Kia and the fall of Honda in one rather amazing week. Interest in this coupe is already staggering and Honda has all but abandoned its younger buyers (as well as their senses!).

        Humble pie is being served, cold.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm saying the Koup doesn't look like it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Behold the rise of Kia"

        I'm not into buying 4-speed automatics anymore - I'll wait until they come up with a replacement for that tranny before seriously considering one. Aside from that, I like them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        OMG this thing looks so great! and the price tag is so appealing , its gonna sell like pop corn!

        http://www.indianautotalk.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uuuh, we get the JDM Civic in the form of the Acura CSX up North and no, it doesn't look anything like it.

        I can compare it to the USDM Civic and say it looks like a more refined, poised vehicle - although I find it lacking in the... Gears department.

        The Koup comes with a lot more standard equipment than its sedan brother does, so I'm not bothered at all about pricing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The sedan is just over 2700 lbs. If the 'K'oup manages to cut a couple more hundred lbs off that figure this could be a very fun little car as long as the suspension is well designed. I like the idea of a sporty car that weighs 1000 lbs less than my current Mustang GT.

      Of course many cars end up GAINING weight in the transition from sedan to coupe, but maybe this'll be an exception... I'm staying tuned.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would slightly disagree with the sentiment that it 'costs much more'.

        The Forte Koup EX model is $800 dollars more than the Forte EX sedan.
        The Forte Koup SX model is $500 dollars more than the Forte SX sedan.

        In Jeremy's article where he says "For those paying attention, that's puts the Koup a not-insignificant $2,900 over the base cost of the Forte sedan" it makes it seem like he's comparing similar trim levels. But the Forte Koup isn't available in the barebones 'LX' trim level so it makes it seem like the Koup has more of a price gouge than it really does.
        • 5 Years Ago
        DARN IT! I was just on the Kia site and to my shock they actually list curb weight (most makers don't) Just as I feared the coupe is HEAVIER than the sedan 4 lbs heavier to be precise in the 2.4L manual version... Oh well.

        So... There are no weight savings, it costs much more, it's far less practical... Hmmm...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @VW GTI and the extra weight comes from the additional standard equipment.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Forte Koup has a curb weight of 2859 Lbs. The Forte sedan weights in at 2853 Lbs

        Both are the SX trim with manual transmissions.

        It looks like the Koup only gains 6 Lbs from the transition from sedan to coupe.

        All of the figures come from the Kia Motors America website.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This Kia Koup and the new Kia forte are VERY good looking autos both exterior and interior wise
      price is right too!

      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice that it looks kind of boxy? I think it's the top window line.


      odd.
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