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For 2013, the Kia Forte receives only minor changes. There are new 16-inch wheels for the Koup and 5-door, while power-folding side mirrors are added to the EX and SX trims. All models receive a low washer-fluid warning light, and LED daytime running lights are offered on the EX and made standard on the SX.
Two six-speed transmission choices are new for 2011: a six-speed manual and a six-speed Sportmatic automatic with manual shift mode. A new navigation radio is offered on the mid-level EX and top-level SX trims, while a five-door model joins the Forte Sedan and Koup.
With luxury amenities, a sporty demeanor, two available engines, and 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe, or 5-door hatchback bodies, the 2015 Kia Forte is almost a brand all by itself. You can go inexpensive with the base Forte sedan, saving yourself money while never feeling shortchanged. If you like sporty driving, there's the Forte Koup, a 2-door model with an optional turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes more than 200 horsepower. Then there's the Forte hatchback, which combines the practicality of a small wagon with the turbo engine of the Koup. Put together, the Forte lineup is a strong competitor against established names like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. One thing's certain: The Forte makes picking a good compact car that much harder.
By GMAC on Sunday, June 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Can't Beat Overall Features At This Price"
Cons: "Front Seat Support, Acceleration"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Researched and compared Forte EX w/ Premium Pkg against Mazda 3s Grand Touring and Ford Focus Titanium. Mazda and Ford had isolated advantages over the Kia, albeit with an increased price tag. However, overall the Kia was the clear winner. Have owned the car for a month in Aurora Black which has an almost metallic finish. Some have mistaken the 17" wheels for aftermarket additions. Interior materials, fit and finish made the car feel like an upscale badge, although seats could be a bit more supportive and I wonder how they'll hold up over time. More rear seat room than expected and they're heated!. A full size trunk liner, similar to a WeatherTech, was a nice surprise. Decent handling and reasonable handling leaves only one small complaint - wish the car had slightly more acceleration even at the expense of some loss in MPG numbers."
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By dheck1961 on Sunday, November 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,200overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good mileage, roomy & comfortable"
Cons: "Eco mode driving performance poor"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought the Forte in June and so far been very happy with it. Comfortable ride with good mileage (I drive mostly hwy and get 32mpg-33mpg). ECO mode performance is sluggish and I typically get about the same mileage with it on or off so I'm leaving it off. Roomy interior including the back seat & trunk. Minor annoyances: The "lip" between the trunk and the folded down back seats isn't flat across. The windshield wipers - very large on driver side throws water onto passenger side plus a very irritating engineering flaw where they don't 100% overlap right down at the bottom of the windshield. (This is being very picky, but it makes me wonder if there are other things that were "good enough")."
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful
By GilW on Friday, June 28, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,300overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Heated seats, steering wheel & cooled drivers seat"
Cons: "Auto lights need to come on sooner at dusk"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I purchased the fully loaded EX model. The outside body design is sharp with distinctive styling, particularly its tail lamps and running lights, and HID headlights. The six-speed automatic transmission works seamlessly. I am impressed by the interior styling with its soft-touch dashboard and carbon fiber pattern around the center console and the 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with two memory positions, combined with the LCD screen with a trip computer and vehicle settings sits between the gauges, and a number of other luxury options uncommon to the compact car segment. It makes me wonder if I'm really not driving a luxury class car. I love having the Rear Display Camera when I shift the car into reverse. The car is much quieter than I have experienced in all other cars in its class. The Dual-zone automatic climate control, Flex Steering, large touch high-resolution display screen Navigation System and voice commands for most all Forte functions, and Forte's Bluetooth pairing system make it a pleasure to drive. The air cooled driver's seat is such a big plus on a hot summer's day. The only one real negative is that I wish the automatic headlights came on earlier at dusk and would turn on when using the windshield wipers."
19 people out of 23 found this review helpful