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Canada: 2011 Kia Forte sedan / Koup LX, EX, SX trim information

Kia Canada releases official information on the 2011 Kia Forte sedan and Forte Koup.

Those waiting for the official information about the 2011 Kia Forte sedan and Forte Koup to pop up to the web, read this post! Earlier today, Kia Canada released full information on the 2011 Kia Forte range and its improvements.

As expected, the 2011 Forte line-up has been taken to a new, higher level by offering the six-speed automatic or manual transmissions on both models, the 2011 Forte sedan and the 2011 Forte Koup. In addition to powertrain upgrades, the automaker also made some styling tweaks to the 2011 Forte line-up.

Exterior styling tweaks include redesigned fog-lights, updated outside mirrors with LED turn-signals, LED tail-lamps and new 16-inch alloy wheels. Read more about the upgrades made to the 2011 Forte line-up in the official press release published after the jump…

2011 Forte Sedan and 2011 Forte Koup set new benchmark with significant powertrain upgrades in the compact car segment

The powertrain change for 2011 provides competitive fuel economy ratings with its 2.0-litre offering and 2.4-litre engine in its class. “Fuel economy is top of mind with Canadians and providing world class fuel efficient vehicles is part of our winning formula”.

The 2011 Forte Sedan offers exceptional fuel economy. The 2.0L four-cylinder engine offers 8.1 litres/100km in the city and 5 .7 litres/100km on highway when mated with the all-new six-speed manual transmission and 8.0/5.5 litres/100km (city/highway) with the optional six-speed automatic.

The more potent 2.4L engine offers fuel economy at 9.2/6.2 litres/100km with the six-speed manual and 9.0/6.2litres/100km when paired with the six-speed automatic transmission.

Kia claims the fuel economy of the 2011 Forte Koup is not sacrificed for sportiness. The 2.0L engine offers 8.3/6.0 litres/100km (city/highway) when mated with the six-speed manual transmission and 8.0/5.7 litres/100km (city/highway) with the optional six-speed automatic. Those opting for the more powerful 2.4L engine also can expect an economical 9.2/6.2 litres/100km with the six-speed manual and 9.0/6.4 litres/100km when paired with the six-speed automatic transmission.

Kia designers also made some changes to the 2011 Forte sedan line-up to include the common use of the Forte 5 Door front fascia on the sedan, redesigned integrated fog lights and outside heated mirrors with LED turn-signals and new 16″ aluminum wheels.

Moving to the interior, the centre console has been upgraded which includes a new design, leather shifter boot, chrome lined cup-holders and outside temperature display found on the LX “Plus”, EX and SX.

Across the Forte line-up, additions have been made available to the SX trim to include paddle shifter on the SX automatic transmission; Smart Key with push button start ignition on the SX Luxury automatic transmission, automatic light control, and voice activated navigation on the SX luxury and electrochromic auto-dimming mirror on the SX.

The 2011 Koup also receives an upgrade on the rear taillights by offering an available LED rear combination lamp which provides a more stylish, sporty and upscale image. The centre console has been upgraded which includes a new design, leather shifter boot, chrome lined cup-holders and outside temperature display on the 2011 Koup.

Kia also administered a variety of NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) improvements, such as adding additional sound dampening material throughout the Forte lineup as part of their continuous improvement objective.

2011 Forte Sedan LX, EX, SXtrim information

Price: Forte LX starts at $15.995
Engine: 2.0L, 4-cylinder engine, 156hp
Transmission: 6-speed manual and optional 6-speed automatic

Price:  2011 ForteEX starts at $18,495

Price: 2011 Forte SX starts at $21,795
Engine: 2.4L, 4-cylinder engine, 173hp
Transmission: 6-speed manual and optional 6-speed automatic

SX – Luxury Trim offers Navigation, Electrochromic mirror, smart key with push button ignition start (only on Automatic transmission)

2011 Forte Koup
EX – Starting at $18,995
2.0L, 4-cylinder engine, 156hp
Transmission: 6-speed manual and optional 6-speed automatic

SX – Starting at $22,295
2.4L, 4-cylinder engine, 173hp
Transmission: 6-speed manual and optional 6-speed automatic

SX Luxury trim Offers Navigation, Electrochromic mirror, smart key with push button ignition start (only on Automatic transmission), LED rear lights.

24 thoughts on “Canada: 2011 Kia Forte sedan / Koup LX, EX, SX trim information

  1. There was one at the Australian International Motor Show here in Sydney. It was a red 2011 model built in August this year. We only get the 2.0 down here but it had LED turn signals, rear taillights and 6 speed which was confusing for me at the time until the guy told me it was the 2011. It also had the roof vinyl wrapped in black and the mirror cover, door handle and rear diffusor style cover painted black. It also had a full Clarion audio system with a screen in the dash and one in the trunk. Looking into the engine bay, I saw a strut bar, Main Tech headers and a JUN B.L catback. The spec-sheet showed that it had almost AU$10000 of mods on it! When I went inside, I was blown away by the quality of the materials and the construction, as well as the thud when I closed the door. Sure it wasn’t as good as the BMW 1 series hatch I drive but I was good nonetheless. The rear seat had leg room for adults but the same cannot be said about the headroom, as I touched the roof liner and I’m not tall at all. I really cannot put into words how impressed I was with the car in terms of quality, DESIGN, and to an extent, the possibility of adding a few performance mods on it. My only niggle is that it is FWD and the rear suspension is a torsion beam system but I’m ready to overlook those ‘issues’. In fact, the dealer called me today to tell me that there is a new manual tranny Koup at their lot as of today and I am looking seriously into selling the 120i M Sport hatch to get into a Koup.

  2. Being the happy owner of a “canadian” 2010 Forte SX, I notice that the 2011 SX has no additionnal equipment, but that the price has gone from 20995$ to 21 795$, a 3.8% increase. This is about 3 times the overall inflation rate and a bit surprising considering that the CDN dollar has recently increased in value vis-a-vis foreign currencies.

    I would have expected Kia to hold the line on MSRP’s for the 2011 Forte.

  3. Actually, the powertrain upgrade is worth it in itself. My guess is they made a package that was optional last year standard. That is what they did to the USA Forte. Now A/C, 60/40 Seats, etc. is standard.

  4. BernardP – not sure where you are getting your prices as Kia Canada has not yet posted the 2011 MSRP. The base price for a 2010 SX manual is $21,095. The major difference is that the 6 spd manual and auto is standard on the whole range, but the 6 spd manual was standard on the SX model only, so not sure of the differences on the Sedan as I only have info on the Koup. Not sure if yours is a manual or auto.

  5. Just bought the 2011 forte sedan SX, the biggest change is the 6 speed auto, makes alot of difference when you are driving the car in the highway with higher speed the engine feels less quiet, the car feels alot smoother and queter. I also own an Audi A4 2006. If I want to compare between my audi A4 (luxury) and the forte (economy) noise wise is not much of a difference. The audi has a louder engine in the cabin because of the turbo but less road noise then the forte. Another great feature I am enjoying is that is new to the 2011 SX line up is that the shift paddles. The price is about $700 more then the last year’s model and it is worth it to buy 2011 because of these 2 major upgrades. I have also read Kia have used more dumping to reduce road noise, but again it is not an audi, audi feels like an audi and kia feels like a good built economy car.

  6. oooooops…………now the Forte Koup SX list price is encroaching on the 2011 Mustang territory, which offers 305 HP…..I was seriously considering the Koup……now I’ll either get a 2010 model, and save $3,000 or just jump up to the Mustang and leave the Forte in my dust…..decisions decisions.

  7. @ uncle al
    This pricing is for Canadian models. The Canadian Mustang is more expensive than the US Mustang. The Canadian Koup is more expensive than the US Koup. BTW, stop trolling.

  8. I signed the papers on a 2011 forte sx sedan yesterday just waiting on finance. So just curious cause when i brought it up they said the msrp on here didn’t include freight or pdi, and i wasn’t sure i ended up getting the car for 23500 after tax and all fees. although 500 of that is just from the kia WINter fest. so 24000 was the deal they wanted 25660 after all fees before gst. Are they speaking the truth, is the 21795 without freight and pdi? This is my first new car so i’m not sure? beautiful car though, really wish i could of got the pushstart without the lux pack, as don’t really need a gps in edmonton, alberta…

  9. Yeah, your dealer is taking you for a ride. If they are having a promotion, why would they charge YOU $500? There is something really fishy going on! Say you will pay invoice, not a penny more – or you will walk. Don’t ever believe what a dealer tells you. ;P

  10. No the 500 they took off the final price of 29000 i just wanted to know if the price on this site includes freight and pdi or is it before?

  11. Freight should not cost more than $800. In the USA Forte freight is $695. Basically, tell them you will pay $22,000 or you are going to find somewhere else. They are trying to take advantage of you.

  12. Freight to Canada is really high, I can’t remember the number. I think its more than double than in the US

  13. One important advantage the Forte has over its competitors: the Forte engine has a timing CHAIN, not a timing belt. Timing belts must eventually be replaced, at significant expense.

  14. actually john, guys like you irritate me…. a belt is better every possible way but one, you have to change them about 40-60K miles, and it isn’t a big deal either, I do this service in my garage.

    its better for engine longevity (its a harmonics thing) and for performance. they also hold a much higher tolerance throughout the belts service life as opposed to a chain (which should be changed at 100K btw) which get very sloppy near the end of life and advance and retard the cams as much as 10 degrees.

  15. The cams automatically retard and advance. It is called CVVT. We have lost customers because people just aren’t willing to pay for the service. Belts get very sloppy at the end of their life, too. Those teeth start to wear away and slip as soon as 30k miles. I’ve seen belts break as early as 35k miles – that is a blown engine at 35k miles! That is a lot less than a chain. Even if a chain gets sloppy, Hyundai-Kia uses very thick chains that never need to be changed the entire life of the vehicle. You don’t have to worry about these chains breaking, either – belts are VERY susceptible to breakage near the end of their service life. I have a 2006 Sedona with 134k miles on it, and the timing chain is still tight as they are on the new ones.

  16. Hey greg, personally I guess im from the performance world and a belt wins hands down any day of the week. Yes I am familure with CVVT/VVTi one of the reasons I bought the Forte and I suppose what your getting at is that if the chains get loose the CVVT will compensate and then also throw a service code.

    I’m not calling you out here, because I think you made some valid points, I’m just pointing out that some people do prefer the belt to the chain. one reason is that i like to keep my crankshaft harmonics in the crankshaft and my valvetrain harmonics in the valvetrain, something a chain cannot do.

    and as I do believe you, I have to wonder what an engine that breaks its belt at 35K has been treated like its whole life. :) but as im sure you have, I’ve seen people do some pretty horrid things to a great running engine.

    there is also the option of non-interference engines for those of us that can’t remember to change the belt :)

  17. Optimal gas mileage only if you use the gear shifters (which i was told was OPTIONAL). Dealer: kia of silver spring was awful, at 1500 miles i still get between 16-18 miles to the gallon, doors are very tinny and cheaply made. Very cheaply made.
    Not the best value for the money.
    Warranty is trash, it has hidden fees all the time.

  18. Kia of silver spring and Kia motors throws customers under bus as so as payment is made.
    Dealers specially Kia of silver spring will us deceptive sales practices and lies to sell there product.
    Optimal gas mileage only if you use the gear shifters (which i was told was OPTIONAL). Dealer: kia of silver spring was awful, at 1500 miles i still get between 16-18 miles to the gallon, doors are very tinny and cheaply made. Very cheaply made.
    Not the best value for the money.
    Warranty is trash, it has hidden fees all the time.

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