4-Door Kia Forte Sedan

The all-new Kia Forte is a highly-attractive compact sedan.

The redesigned 4-door sedan is expected to continue the success story of the earlier edition model which has done brisk business since its debut in 2009.

Completely remodeled for the 2014 model year, the 4-door Forte sedan version has hit the market in the early part of 2013 and since then it has been one of the most talked about compact sedan vehicles in the USA.

Much of it can be attributed to distinctive styling and its affordable pricing. The car has also been named as the best compact sedan by Cars.com on the basis of factors like styling, comfort, drivability, and economy.

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2014 Changes – What’s New

“A stunning European design-inspired sedan that makes it clear Kia has another winner in its line-up”

  • New Forte has an all-new exterior design
  • Built on a new platform
  • Fully redesigned interior lay-out
  • Up-to-date safety features and new infotainment system

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What consumers like about the all-new Forte sedan:

  • Great exterior design
  • Lots of standard features
  • Premium features such as cooled front seats
  • Powerful engine
  • High-quality materials inside

Rivals

There are many rivals in the compact sedan segment, including the Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, VW Jetta and Ford Focus.

More details about the sedan:

Kia Motors’ American Design Center in Irvine, California is the place where the third-generation Forte sedan (also known as Cerato in some markets) has got its new styling. The ex-Audi styling guru Peter Schreyer as usually led the design team, along with Chief Designer Tom Kreams, to shape the car how it looks today.

The design of the new Forte gives it a more aggressive stance with a sporty feel. The swept headlights are cut deeply into the front fender and projector lamps have been integrated. The LED’s are so positioned to give the car look as though it is sporting eyebrows, crafting a very distinctive style. The outstanding exterior turns head as the sleek design continues all the way along the flank of the car nudging curved lights in the tail. The vehicle’s rear is as distinctive as the front. It looks sleeker, having a cab-forward style. While the coupe-like lower roofline and the concave looking doors give it a premium design style, the chrome window molding extends into the C-pillar to give it a little touch of elegance. The car appears more spacious with the new look, whilst also improves visibility in what used to be blind spots. In the rear, the trunk lid has been re-shaped to look more aerodynamic and sporty. About 6 liters of space is added in the trunk totaling 421 liters, which is the largest in its class.

The Kia Forte stands out from the crowd mostly because of its spaciousness and premium amenities. A host of premium features like Bluetooth wireless connectivity, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, SiriusXM satellite radio, power windows, power heated mirrors and air conditioning gives excellent value for money.

“I think the headlight assembly with the tiger nose makes it unique. I really like the front end on this car, which helps it stand out in a crowd.” Reasons Chris, a new Kia Forte LX owner we have interviewed recently.

What we like the most in Forte Sedan:

  • Distinctive exterior
  • High-quality specious interior
  • Premium amenities
  • New design with additional length and width
  • Strong engines on EX and SX trims
  • Affordable price

Trim Levels: Features, Specification and Options:

The 2014 model of 4-door Forte sedan is available in trim levels: LX and EX

Some of the features on the LX trim include,

  • Exterior:

A.      Body:

  1. Dual body-color heated power mirror (standard)
  2. Body-colored door handles (standard)
  3. Solar control glass (standard)
  4. Projector beam headlights (standard)
  5. Positioning lights bulb-type (standard)
  6. Rear combination lamps bulb-type (standard)
  7. Variable intermittent windshield wipers (standard)
  8. Heated rear glass with timer (standard)
  9. Locking fuel-filler door (standard)
  10. Mirror-mounted LED turn signal indicators (optional)

B.      Wheels:

  1. 15-in steel wheels (standard)
  2. 16-in alloy wheels (optional)

C.      Length X Width X Height (in): 179.5 X 70.1 X 56.5

D.      Ground Clearance (in): 5.5

E.      Tires:

  1. 195/65R15 (standard)
  2. 205/55R16 (optional)

F.      Wheelbase (in): 106.3

G.     Track (Front X Rear – in):

  1. 61.5 X 62.0 (15-in)
  2. 61.2 X 61.7 (16-in)
  • Interior:
  1. SiriusXM audio system (standard)
  2. Bluetooth wireless connectivity (standard)
  3. Steering wheel mounted audio controls (standard)
  4. USB/iPod/auxiliary input jacks (standard)
  5. Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel (standard)
  6. Power door locks (standard)
  7. Day/night interior rear view mirror (standard)
  8. Interior lighting with delay (standard)
  9. Steering-wheel mounted cruise control (optional)
  10. 10.   Remote keyless entry with trunk opener (optional)
  • Engine: 1.8L, 4-Cylinder (6-speed manual/automatic)
  • Horsepower: 148 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy (City/Highway MPG): 25/37
  • Color: The 4-door Kia Forte sedan offers a range of exciting colors to choose from.
  • Base Price: MSRP $15,900

The EX trim has most of the LX standard and optional features. Apart from that some of the exclusive features on the EX trim include:

  • Exterior:

A.      Body:

  1. Chrome finish exterior door handles (standard)
  2. Chrome exhaust tip (standard)
  3. Power folding outside mirrors (standard)
  4. Auto light control (standard)
  5. Fog lights (standard)
  6. Positioning LED lights (standard)
  7. Power sunroof (optional)
  8. HID, projector beam headlights (optional)
  9. Rear combination LED lights (optional)
  10. Illuminated door handle pockets (optional)

B.      Wheels:

  1. 16-in alloy wheels (standard)
  2. 17-in alloy wheels (optional)

C.      Length X Width X Height (in): 179.5 X 70.1 X 56.5
D.      Ground Clearance (in): 5.5
E.      Tires:

  1. 205/55R16 (standard)
  2. 215/45R17 (optional)

F.      Wheelbase (in): 106.3
G.     Track (Front X Rear – in):

  1. 61.2 X 61.7 (16-in)
  2. 61.3 X 61.8 (17-in)
  • Interior:
  1. UVO eServices infotainment system (standard)
  2. Rear camera display (standard)
  3. Flex Steer system offering 3 profiles: Comfort, Normal and Sport (standard)
  4. Power window with driver and front passenger auto up/down (standard)
  5. Cooling and illuminated glove box (standard)
  6. Knit and woven cloth trim (standard)
  7. Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob (standard)
  8. Dual-zone auto temperature control (optional)
  9. Push button start with smart key and immobilizer (optional)
  10. Heated front and rear seats (optional)
  • Engine: 2.0L, 4-Cylinder (6-speed automatic)
  • Horsepower: 173 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy (City/Highway MPG): 24/36
  • Color: Available in range of colors
  • Base Price: MSRP $19,400

Safety:

Some of the standard safety features of 4-door Forte sedan LX and EX include the following,

  • Dual front advanced impact airbags
  • Dual side impact airbags attached with front seat
  • Side curtain airbags
  • 3-point seat belts for all positions
  • Front seat belt pretensioners
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC)
  • Traction control system (TCS)
  • Vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • Brake assist system (BAS)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • Side impact door beams
  • Front and rear crumple zones
  • Rear child safety door locks

Driving Experience: 

Kia Forte sedan gives firm driving experience. It’s easier to handle, gives almost a sporty and responsive feel. With one of the stronger engines in its class, the vehicle is a half second faster than the competitors, going from 0-60 mph. With precise steering, handling around the turns is steady. Transmission is quick and efficient and the overall quality of driving is very satisfactory. For more details, read our blogs from here.

Competitors:

Kia Forte sedan directly competes with the likes of Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra in compact sedan class.

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