During our recent First Drive of the 2014 Kia Forte sedan, Kia revealed many of the sedan's specs, but left out pricing and fuel economy for its all-new compact sedan. With the new Forte set to hit dealerships soon, Kia has announced the starting prices for the sedan's two initial trim levels and released the fuel economy for the EX trim level equipped with the bigger engine. Marking a slight $500 jump in price over the current 2013 model, the 2014 Forte sedan will have a starting MSRP of $15,900 (*not including a destination charge of $800).

This price is for the base LX sedan with the 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter inline-four paired to the manual gearbox, but buyers wanting an automatic transmission will have to pony up an extra $1,500. Some of the notable features standard on the LX include Bluetooth and heated, power-folding door mirrors.

Stepping up to the EX trim level will run $19,400, but it also brings the peppier 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder producing 173 horsepower and returning 24 miles per gallon in the city, 36 mpg highway and a combined rating of 28 mpg; Kia says these are EPA estimates, but the EPA's website does not yet list the 2014 Forte. Kia is still holding out on fuel economy for the base engine.

These are the only two trim levels mentioned for the new Forte – there is no word as to whether or not Kia is planning a sportier SX trim level – but you can check out some of the options and features that will be offered on the 2014 Forte in the press release posted below.
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KIA MOTORS AMERICA ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR ALL-NEW 2014 FORTE SEDAN

Redesigned Compact Offers Lowest Base Price in the Segment at $15,900

-Forte's European-influenced styling and premium amenities advance Kia's value proposition to new levels of sophistication
-All-new compact sedan is packed with cutting-edge technologies, including Kia's next-generation UVO in-vehicle infotainment and telematics system with eServices to begin arriving in the next 30 days


IRVINE, Calif., Mar. 20, 2013 – Value has long been a hallmark of the Kia brand, and the all-new 2014 Forte sedan is no exception as it will carry the lowest starting MSRP in the compact segment at $15,900, plus $800 in destination charges. The lower, longer and wider Forte will offer a sportier and more upscale design, better performance, greater interior space and a wider array of premium amenities than its predecessor when it goes on sale within the next 30 days. Offered in LX and EX variants, the Forte will be propelled by either an efficient 1.8-liter 148-horsepower engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter 173-horsepower GDI unit. Fuel economy for the 2.0-liter powerplant is 24 miles per gallon city/36 highway/28 combined.

"The all-new Forte offers our customers world-class design with plenty of refinement and an abundance of amenities, all at a tremendous value," said Tom Loveless, executive vice president of sales, KMA. "With its sleek and sporty profile, two new powertrains and redesigned, driver-centric cockpit, the Forte is primed to become a standout in the very competitive compact segment."

The 2014 Forte is offered in three models: LX with a 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission starting at $15,900; LX with a 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission with a base price of $17,4001; and EX with a 2.0-liter GDI powerplant and automatic transmission beginning at $19,4001. The destination charge for all three models is an additional $800.

As the star of Kia's popular "Hot Bots" Super Bowl ad this year, the all-new Forte represents one of the best small car technology values on the road. Slotted between the Rio sub-compact sedan and the best-selling Optima mid-size sedan, the all-new Forte arrives with class-up amenities and an all new chassis.

Unexpected Premium Features
Offered in LX and EX trim levels, the all-new Forte proudly carries on Kia's reputation for offering premium features that redefine automotive segments. The base LX model comes standard with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio3, Bluetooth® wireless technology4, power windows, air conditioning and heated power-folding mirrors among the many features that make the Forte stand out from its competition. The optional Popular Package (LX A/T only) adds 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry with remote trunk release and a sliding front armrest.

Stepping up to the EX trim brings a more robust 2.0-liter GDI engine with Sportmatic® shifting and broadens Forte's appeal with additional comfort and convenience features. Kia's next-generation UVO in-vehicle infotainment and telematics system with eServices is standard and can now be integrated with an optional navigation system. Additional standard EX features include remote keyless entry with trunk opener, Rear Camera Display5, a sliding center armrest and a cooling glove box. The new optional FlexSteer™ system allows the driver to choose between three distinct steering profiles: Comfort, Normal and Sport. Features found on the optional Premium Package include heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with class-exclusive air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and push button start with Smart Key and a heated steering wheel. Opting for the Technology Package, adds HID headlights, LED tail lights, a 4.2-inch color LCD cluster screen and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear center ventilation.

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than 11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima and Sorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan, 5-door and Koup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a complete line of vehicles through more than 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA. In 2012, KMA recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the 18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value, advanced safety features and new technologies.


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      Tom DeFigueiredo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Going to have a lot of menopausal women driving these trying desperately to reclaim their hotness. Seriously this is cute but I would never drive one because of the people who buy them, same goes beetle.
      William C.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sat in one of these at the LA auto show. It was nice. Although the faux carbon fiber was really cheesy.
      axiomatik
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the lead picture, the overall shape is very reminiscent of the Dodge Dart. (not an accusation of copying)
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 1 Year Ago
      Park this next to a Focus, remove the logos off the trunk, and you have the same cars.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        No, you don't. Again, you demonstrate a complete lack of knowledge as to how the industry works.
        BB79826
        • 1 Year Ago
        @zoom_zoom_zoom
        Because of similar tail lights? Really? Plus the Forte would be about $3,000 cheaper. Oh, and it wouldn't come with a horribly under-engineered dual clutch transmission. Oh, and the rest of the car would look better. Oh, and the Forte has more interior room. Oh, and the Forte won't give 40% of its units to car rental companies. Shall I go on?
          zoom_zoom_zoom
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          Yeah, sure, so Ford was replacing all those DCTs just to comfort the owners.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          There is nothing wrong with the Powershift. Those complaints were from people who weren't used to the operation of a DCT.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @BB79826
          People are stupid. That said, a friend of mine got a 2011 Fiesta about two years ago and I made sure to tell her that the tranny would exhibit different behavior from the 4-speed automatic she was used to. To the best of my knowledge, she hasn't had any problems with it.
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        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        I wouldn't call the Civic HIDEOUS, just bland. Conservative, if you will.
          churchmotor
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          LOL, it's yomama6500, yomama6501, yomama65.....and his dozens of other logins. I especially like when you will use more than one at a time in one thread. Replying to you in one instance as yomama1, then a few seconds later as yomama2 or yomama2
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          @carguy1701
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          carguy1701
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          @carguy1701
          Dohoho. Anyway, is there any specific reason why you use the 'yomamaxxxx' name? Why not change it?
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        yomama6xxx "Too bad hideous Honda can't make anything that looks this good." LOL, come on now, since you do nothing but troll, I've seen much better attempts than this lame post.
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          @churchmotor
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      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yep, garbage interior, probably still the most cancer causing plastics used in the auto industry. horse buddy suspension, all bling bling and no substance. Oh well, at least they are dirt cheap for all the out of work Obammy supporters.
      Burabus
      • 1 Year Ago
      The interior is hideous.
      Hazdaz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Stylistically, this is another homerun for Kia.
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow......Kia still has a ways to do with driving dynamics but in styling they are hitting home runs. The only people that dont think so are the Euro-lemmings that have to find some way to defend how dreary BMWs look now. Kia's cars are better looking than anything from Toyota, Nissan and Subaru by a long shot. The only domestic that even competes on looks is Ford.
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      I KNEW the euro butt suckers would be out downvoting in droves today.....they cant stand it that the more Kia introduces new cars, the dumber BMWs look.
        Justin Campanale
        • 1 Year Ago
        @A P
        "Butt sucker" sounds like an insult my 8 year old would use. Try again.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          Actually sounds like something out of Beavis and Butthead.
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      churchmotor
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ouch, compared to the larger and more powerful cars like the Mazda 6 and Honda Accord, this mileage for the Forte SUCKS. 24 in the city, really?
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @churchmotor
        The base engine still uses port injection compared to the DI engines in the Honda and Mazda. It's not a complete surprise.
      TruthHertz
      • 1 Year Ago
      To all the people complaining about the mileage. Kia (and Hyundai) are playing ULTRA CONSERVATIVE on their fuel economy projections in light of the recent scandal. The improved 2014 Sorento 2.4L quietly went from being rated 21/30 for the 2013 model year, to 20/26 for the 2014 model year. The 2013 rating had already been kicked down from the fuel economy debate and there were no major powertrain differences. I would not be surprised if the Forte obtained BETTER REAL WORLD fuel economy once in the hands of independent people and automotive journalists. They are playing better safe than sorry right now.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TruthHertz
        It\'s a shame about this selective enforcement. Hyundai/KIA was publicly humiliated, while companies like BMW, Ford and Subaru could lie through their teeth and get away with it. It\'s just like in school, a bully would pick a fight with the little guy. When the little guy finally hits back- that\'s when the teacher happens to turn around. The little guy gets detention while the bully skates.
          BC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          Except that Hyundai/Kia admitted that they were not following the EPA test protocol correctly. So far no one has presented any evidence that other companies are cheating on the test procedure, whether or not they agree with the results. The real problem, to my mind, is the belief that the test results are a promise of performance, rather than a comparative tool. So called "real-world" results are no such thing, because the real world of driving on flat interstates a few hundred feet above sea level, e .g., are not representative of driving on interstates with steeper grades at higher altitudes. And plenty of tests have shown that the EPA results are achievable in the "real world" as long as drivers remain within those parameters. Hybrids are a special problem because their fuel economy is so dependent on actual duty cycle, and there does need to be some work done to get a test procedure with results that can be compared to non-hybrids.
        churchmotor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TruthHertz
        TruthHertz, No, KIA isn't playing it conservative. They got caught lying. And in every comparison against competitors, they FAIL
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