The Kia Forte is a front-wheel drive compact that comes in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions. The Forte sedan offers an appealing design with a dramatically curved roofline.
The latest-generation Forte was launched as a 2014 model, and little has changed for 2016. Keyless entry is standard on 2016 Forte models, and Popular Plus and Premium Plus option packages are available. (The previously offered Eco model has been dropped.)
Forte fares well in value, but it faces competition from the Ford Focus and Mazda 3. Compared with the Ford and Mazda, the Kia’s levels of refinement seem reminiscent of the best compacts from the 1990s. The Forte is noisier and less refined than the best compacts, and interior comfort isn’t the best. Forte lacks active-safety features now expected in the compact class, and its crash-test scores are below par.
Forte LX comes with a 1.8-liter engine, air conditioning; keyless entry; a rearview camera display; power windows, door locks, and mirrors; satellite radio; Bluetooth hands-free calling; steering-wheel audio controls; all-disc brakes; and a new audio system.
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