2014 Kia Forte

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$15,900 - $20,900
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Engine Engine 1.8LI-4
MPG MPG 25 City / 37 Hwy
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2014 Forte Overview

Kia Tries Yet Again To Prove That Compact Sedans Are Its Forte For those keeping track, the introduction of the 2014 Kia Forte sedan marks the second time in five years that Kia has completely redesigned its compact sedan offering. Put another way, car shoppers have now had three entirely different options in this category from Kia – the unloved Spectra along with two generations of the Forte – in the same period of time that Toyota has been building the current Corolla. If nothing else, it's clear that Kia is committed to making as big of a dent in the compact class as possible. That said, none of Kia's entries have come close to challenging the dominance of the aforementioned Corolla, Honda Civic or Volkswagen Jetta, domestic offerings like the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze, or even the Hyundai Elantra, its slightly older and more subdued Korean sibling, in the race for market share. We spent a day driving the new 2014 Forte Sedan through the wide open spaces separating the copper mines of central Arizona to find out if Kia's latest offering has what it takes to play in the compact car Big Leagues. If there's one thing Kia has gotten right over the last few years, it's styling. While the brand was once known primarily for its low-cost approach to the automotive market in America, we now think of it of as something of a leader in shapely sheetmetal, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Peter Schreyer, the automaker's head of design. Each of Kia's products – from the little Rio up to the Optima midsize sedan – has gotten progressively more attractive with each new generation, and that's most certainly true of the Forte. Kia is something of a leader in shapely sheetmetal now. While the 2010 Kia Forte was crisply styled (and somewhat reminiscent of the Honda Civic, we might add), it wasn't what we'd call trendy. All that changes for 2014. Kia's marketing team uses terms like "cab-forward," "coupe-like" and "European-inspired" when describing the latest Forte, and they have a point. Viewed in profile, the Forte's rakish A pillar and rapidly receding roofline conspire to create a visual illusion that's both sporty and on trend. The front of the 2014 Forte is dominated by Kia's signature pinched grille in chrome and its twin swept-back headlamp clusters, which feature optional LED light strips for the first time. Out back, each of the taillamps in top-grade EX models house 81 individual LED units. The Forte's bodysides are deeply contoured with hockey-stick-shaped sculpting... some may alternatively see a certain well-known swoosh in its flanks. Altogether, each of the Forte's styling decisions mesh well and lend the compact sedan a refined and upscale look. Its smorgasbord of safety features are all standard. Inside the cabin, Kia has upgraded just about every surface and texture you can put your hands on. There's optional leather with a heated and ventilated driver seat, and front and rear passengers …
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2014 Forte Overview

Kia Tries Yet Again To Prove That Compact Sedans Are Its Forte For those keeping track, the introduction of the 2014 Kia Forte sedan marks the second time in five years that Kia has completely redesigned its compact sedan offering. Put another way, car shoppers have now had three entirely different options in this category from Kia – the unloved Spectra along with two generations of the Forte – in the same period of time that Toyota has been building the current Corolla. If nothing else, it's clear that Kia is committed to making as big of a dent in the compact class as possible. That said, none of Kia's entries have come close to challenging the dominance of the aforementioned Corolla, Honda Civic or Volkswagen Jetta, domestic offerings like the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze, or even the Hyundai Elantra, its slightly older and more subdued Korean sibling, in the race for market share. We spent a day driving the new 2014 Forte Sedan through the wide open spaces separating the copper mines of central Arizona to find out if Kia's latest offering has what it takes to play in the compact car Big Leagues. If there's one thing Kia has gotten right over the last few years, it's styling. While the brand was once known primarily for its low-cost approach to the automotive market in America, we now think of it of as something of a leader in shapely sheetmetal, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Peter Schreyer, the automaker's head of design. Each of Kia's products – from the little Rio up to the Optima midsize sedan – has gotten progressively more attractive with each new generation, and that's most certainly true of the Forte. Kia is something of a leader in shapely sheetmetal now. While the 2010 Kia Forte was crisply styled (and somewhat reminiscent of the Honda Civic, we might add), it wasn't what we'd call trendy. All that changes for 2014. Kia's marketing team uses terms like "cab-forward," "coupe-like" and "European-inspired" when describing the latest Forte, and they have a point. Viewed in profile, the Forte's rakish A pillar and rapidly receding roofline conspire to create a visual illusion that's both sporty and on trend. The front of the 2014 Forte is dominated by Kia's signature pinched grille in chrome and its twin swept-back headlamp clusters, which feature optional LED light strips for the first time. Out back, each of the taillamps in top-grade EX models house 81 individual LED units. The Forte's bodysides are deeply contoured with hockey-stick-shaped sculpting... some may alternatively see a certain well-known swoosh in its flanks. Altogether, each of the Forte's styling decisions mesh well and lend the compact sedan a refined and upscale look. Its smorgasbord of safety features are all standard. Inside the cabin, Kia has upgraded just about every surface and texture you can put your hands on. There's optional leather with a heated and ventilated driver seat, and front and rear passengers …Hide Full Review