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The Forte rides with the composure and quietness of a larger car....
- Cars.com
There's an exceptionally roomy trunk by compact-sedan standards - and the rear seatbacks can flop forward to expand that capacity.
- Car and Driver

The Forte is Kia's offering in the competitive Compact market segment. Attractive styling, pricing and feature content are what make this car standout.

The Forte is available in sedan or hatchback body styles. Both feature Kia's distinctive family grille. The Forte is available in three trims; LX, S, EX and SX (hatchback only). The LX and S use a 147-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed manual, or an available six-speed automatic transmission. EX is equipped with a 164-hp 2.0L and six-speed automatic. SX features a 201-hp 1.6L turbo four-cylinder and a six-speed manual, or an available six-speed automatic transmission. The Forte comes nicely equipped with standard items such as; traction control, stability control, side and side curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, Bluetooth, trip computer and a tire pressure monitoring system. Dual-zone automatic climate control, HID headlights, LED taillights, power heated and ventilated leather seats, and a power sunroof are just some of the available features.

The Forte has refreshed styling and a new engine for 2017.

Introduction

The Kia Forte offers a full family of compact cars, with three distinct body styles and two engines.The Forte was last redesigned for the 2014 model year.

The 2017 Kia Forte sedan models feature freshened styling, and a new Forte S trim level has joined the lineup.The 2017 Kia Forte S is a modestly sportier sedan that this year fits between the entry-level Forte LX and top-end Forte EX trim levels.The 2017 Forte sedan has a redesigned front bumper cover and a new tiger nose grille lower and blending into the headlights.Taillights have been reworked, with LEDs optional.Upholstery is upgraded for 2017, also.

Two-door Forte Koup and five-door Forte hatchbacks retain the previous platform and look, though a redone hatchback should be coming soon.

Beneath LX and S sedan hoods, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, developing 147 horsepower and 132 pound-foot of torque, has edged aside the prior 1.8-liter four.EX versions get an aluminum-block 2.0-liter with direct injection, producing 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet.A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard with LX trim.Most Fortes come with the 6-speed automatic transmission, which is optional for LX and standard otherwise.

The current design has been around for several years, but it's still a handsome vehicle, sharply detailed and topped by a dramatic roofline.Standard equipment has increased, making the Forte an even greater value.Cabin trim and materials have moved well ahead of early models.

Forte S and EX models come with a 7-inch touchscreen, as part of a new UVO3 system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, to access smartphone functions.

Kia now offers some active-safety features as options, but a rearview camera is standard only on S and EX trim levels.Safety ratings score no better than average in crash-testing.Finally, Forte has earned an overall five-star score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.Structural revisions for 2015 raised the previous crash-test score from a miserable three stars to an acceptable four-star rating.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety now ranks the Forte sedan Good, due to raising its small-overlap test score from Poor to Marginal.

Newly available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, frontal collision warning, lane change assist, and dynamic bending lights.For the LX model, a rearview camera is part of an option group.All-disc brakes are standard.

Lineup

Forte LX ($16,490) comes with the 147-horsepower engine and manual gearbox or automatic ($1,010).Standard equipment includes cloth upholstery, keyless entry, air conditioning, power windows/locks, power mirrors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, and steering-wheel audio controls.The Popular Package for LX includes 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, and cruise control.

Forte S ($19,200) comes with automatic and a sport-tuned suspension.Included are 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, LED positioning lights, and a rearview camera.Special black cloth seats feature contrast stitching.

Forte EX ($21,200) gets the 164-horsepower engine and automatic, leather upholstery, heated front seats, ventilated driver's seat, cooled glovebox, dual-zone automatic temperature control, pushbutton start.The EX Premium Package adds leather upholstery, a power ventilated driver's seat, heated front/rear seats, a sunroof, pushbutton start, 17-inch wheels, and navigation.

Options include UVO infotainment system, true on-board navigation, and LED taillights.

Walkaround

Styling was mildly updated for 2017, featuring Kia's latest, more shapely, neatly raked front-end design.The sedan's gracefully arched profile and elongated roofline above sculpted bodyside sheetmetal, help retain appropriate proportioning.

Almost-vertical trim elements behind side glass serve as brackets for the passenger compartment.Windows dip ahead of outside mirrors, while the back end narrows.When redesigned for 2014, the Forte grew a bit wider and longer, but not taller, resulting in the handsome profile.

Interior

Clean and simple, the Kia Forte cabin conveys a sporty note.Better-quality plastics and a tasteful layout help establish a mildly upscale feel, enhanced by soft-touch materials.On the dashboard are big climate-control knobs, augmented by hooded analog instruments.Below is a split-style console that avoids looking bulky.Upper trim levels add a covered console.

Seats offer average comfort.Though supportive, front seats could use more side bolstering.Tall drivers might consider the seat bottoms a bit short.Kia's intuitive and readily effective infotainment system ranks with the best, though noise can be an issue.

Headroom falls short in back, thanks to the low, relatively long roofline.Space is tighter yet if a sunroof is installed.The roof profile also tends to impede easy entry/exit, despite wide-opening doors.Riders might find themselves in knees-up mode on rather low seat cushions, though legroom is satisfactory.Outward visibility is somewhat restricted.

Kia's compact sedan offers plenty of storage, including a screened bin ahead of the gearshift lever.Not only does the trunk's capacity (14.9 cubic feet) top nearly all rivals, its wide lid eases loading.

Driving Impression

In both handling and performance, the Kia Forte is unremarkable.Failing to stand out, it's reminiscent of several top 1990s compacts.

Its four-cylinder engines rev readily, with little vibration and a perky nature, though they can grow noisy.The larger of the two engines is tuned for a more relaxed road experience.Neither is particularly powerful.Updated for 2017, the automatic transmission delivers sluggish shifts, as if it's making a deliberate, thoughtful choice each time.Not too many buyers are likely to specify the manual gearbox that's standard with LX trim.

Although a Forte falls short of the sportier Ford Focus and Mazda3, Kia's sedan steers and handles well enough.The suspension irons out a certain amount of coarse pavement, but harsh spots can transmit more sound to occupants than is typical nowadays.Body motion is more noticeable than expected.

Some models offer selectable steering boost, with Normal, Sport, and Comfort modes.Sport mode can help the Forte track neatly on highway stretches.

In short, the Forte isn't exactly top-rung in refinement, but it's a capable contender in a crowded market category.

Fuel economy is good, but no better than average for the Forte's class.Thriftiest versions by far are the LX and S with automatic, EPA-rated at 29/38 mpg City/Highway, and 32 mpg Combined.The more powerful EX model is EPA-rated at only 25/38 mpg City/Highway, and 32 mpg Combined.

Summary

Kia Forte offers a good value, but does not stand out in its class.Stylish, extroverted design and a spry nature add to its appeal.Safety hasn't been a strong point.Active-safety features are optional, including a rearview camera for the base sedan.Selling price and the deal are key factors here.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection.James M.Flammang contributed to this report.

ABS Brakes
ABS4-wheel
Air Conditioning
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Air filtrationInterior air filtration
Front air conditioningManual
Airbags
Driver AirbagYes
Head airbagsCurtain 1st and 2nd row
Passenger AirbagYes
Audio System
Antenna TypeWindow grid
Digital Audio InputYes
In-Dash CDSingle
Memory Card SlotYes
MP3 playerYes
RadioSiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite
Satellite RadioSiriusXM
Speed Sensitive Volume ControlYes
Total Number of Speakers4
Brakes
Braking assistBraking assist
Front brakesVentilated disc
Child Safety
Child safety locksManual
Colors
Fabric TypeCloth
Fabric Type 2Cloth
Fabric Type 3Cloth
Fabric Type 4Carpet
Roof typeFixed roof
Comfort Features
Cargo area lightCargo area light
Reading lightsFront
Shift knob trimUrethane
Steering wheel trimUrethane
Convenience Features
12V DC power outlet2
Audio controls on steering wheelAudio controls
Center ConsoleFull with covered storage
CupholdersFront and rear
Door pocketsDriver, passenger and rear
Multi-function remoteTrunk/hatch/door/tailgate
Overhead consoleMini with storage
Power steeringSpeed-proportional electric power steering
Remote trunk releaseMechanical
Retained accessory powerRetained accessory power
Steering wheelTilt and telescopic
Dimensions
Aerodynamic Drag (CD).27 cD
Angle of Approach15.0 degrees
Angle of Departure19.9 degrees
Front Head Room992 mm
Front Hip Room1,366 mm
Front Leg Room1,073 mm
Front Shoulder Room1,424 mm
Overall height1,435 mm
Overall Length4,560 mm
Overall Width1,780 mm
Rear Head Room948 mm
Rear Hip Room1,348 mm
Rear Leg Room913 mm
Rear Shoulder Room1,395 mm
Wheelbase2,700 mm
Doors
left rear passenger door typeConventional
Rear door typeTrunk
right rear passenger door typeConventional
Driver Seat
Height AdjustableManual
Manual Adjustments6
Drivetrain
Axle ratio4.33
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine
Compression Ratio12.50 : 1
Cylinders4
Displacement122 cm^3
Engine ConfigurationInline
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Horse Power147 hp
Max RPM6,200 RPM
Max Torque RPM4,500 RPM
Size2.0 L
Torque179 Nm
Total Valves16
TypeRegular unleaded
Valve GearDOHC
Variable Valve TimingVariable valve timing
Vehicle EmissionsULEV II
Exterior Features
GrilleBlack w/chrome surround
Fuel Consumption
City9.4 L/100 km
Combined8.3L/100 km
Highway6.8 L/100 km
Header
Doors4
Driven WheelsFront-wheel
Engine Size2.0 L
Fuel TypeRegular unleaded
Number of CylindersI-4
Trans Speeds - VA6
Trans Type - VAManual
TransmissionManual
Headrests
Adjustable Front HeadrestsManual adjustable
Adjustable rear headrestsManual adjustable
Number of rear headrests3
Instrumentation
ClockIn-dash
Low fuel levelLow fuel level
TachometerTachometer
Trip computerTrip computer
Lights
Daytime running lightsDaytime running lights
Headlights auto delayAuto delay off
Locks
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
2-Stage unlocking2-stage unlocking
Power door locksRemote power door locks
Power door locksPower door locks
Mirrors
Driver mirror adjustmentPower remote
Heated driver mirrorHeated
Heated passenger mirrorHeated
Passenger mirror adjustmentPower remote
Vanity mirrorsDual vanity mirrors
Passenger Seat
Manual Adjustments4
Rear Seats
Center armrestYes
FoldingFold forward seatback
TypeBench
Safety and Performance for CarsProd
Antilock Brakes4-wheel
Four-wheel antilock brakesFour-wheel antilock brakes
Head airbagHead airbag
Side airbagSide airbag
Stability controlStability control
Traction controlTraction control
Seatbelts
Rear center seatbelt3-point belt
Seatbelt pretensionersFront
Seats
Front seat typeBucket
seating capacity5
Total Seating Capacity5
UpholsteryCloth
Security
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
engine immobilizerEngine immobilizer
Stability and Traction
Stability controlYes
Traction controlABS and driveline
Suspension
ClassRegular
Front Spring TypeCoil
Front Stabilizer BarRegular
Front Suspension ClassificationIndependent
Front suspension typeStrut
IndependentFront
Rear Spring TypeCoil
Rear Suspension ClassificationSemi-independent
Rear Suspension TypeTorsion beam
stabilizer barFront
Telematics
wireless phone connectivityBluetooth
Tires
Diameter15.0"
PrefixP
Profile65
Speed RatingT
TypeAS
Width195 mm
Transmission
Manual / automaticManual
Number of speeds6
Transmission Hill HolderTransmission hill holder
Truck Features
BumpersBody-coloured
Door reinforcementSide-impact door beam
Warranty
basic distance100,000 km
basic months60 months
drivetrain distance100,000 km
drivetrain months60 months
roadside distanceUnlimited km
roadside months60 months
rust distanceUnlimited km
rust months60 months
Weights and Capacities
Cargo capacity, all seats in place421 L
Curb weight1,328 kg
EPA interior volume2,723 L
Fuel Capacity50 L
Gross vehicle weight1,740 kg
Ground clearance135 mm
Max cargo capacity421 L
Wheels
Diameter15
Rim TypeNone steel
Wheel CoversFull wheel
Width6
Windows
Front wipers - intermittentVariable intermittent
One-touch windows1
Power windowsPower windows
Privacy glassLight
Rear defoggerRear defogger
Body ExteriorStd.Opt.
Heated door mirrors
Power door mirrors
Convenience FeaturesStd.Opt.
1-touch down
Air conditioning
Driver door bin
Driver vanity mirror
Front beverage holders
Overhead console
Passenger door bin
Passenger vanity mirror
Power windows
Rear beverage holders
Rear door bins
Remote keyless entry
Telescoping steering wheel
Tilt steering wheel
Entertainment FeaturesStd.Opt.
CD player
MP3 decoder
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Lighting, Visibility and InstrumentationStd.Opt.
Delay-off headlights
Front reading lights
Rear window defroster
Tachometer
Trip computer
Variably intermittent wipers
PowertrainStd.Opt.
Variable intake manifold
Variable valve control
Safety and SecurityStd.Opt.
4 wheel disc brakes
ABS brakes
Brake assist
Dual front impact airbags
Dual front side impact airbags
Electronic stability
Ignition disable
Occupant sensing airbag
Overhead airbag
Panic alarm
Traction control
Seats and TrimStd.Opt.
Front centre armrest
Rear seat centre armrest
Split folding rear seat
Suspension/HandlingStd.Opt.
Front anti-roll bar
Front wheel independent suspension
Power steering
Speed-sensing steering

2017 Kia Forte LX (M6) 4dr Sedan, Toronto, Ontario

Scarboro Kia, 2592 Eglinton Ave, Toronto, Ontario M1K-2R5

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