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2017 Kia Forte Sedan

City mpg:
25
Highway mpg:
34

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2017 Kia Forte Sedan Overview

The standard features of the Kia Forte LX include 2.0L I-4 147hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power mirrors.

2017 Kia
Forte Sedan

Starting at: $16,600

  • Manufacturer Offer

    Financing Offer : $1,000 cash back and 0.0% APR for 66 months on select Kia Forte models

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    Applies to select new 2017 Kia Forte.

    * Disclaimer(s)

    • Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.0% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 66 monthly payments of $15.15 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 0.0% for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $41.67 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $27.78 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $25.64 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $23.81 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $20.83 per $1000 financed. 0.0% for a term of 60 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $16.67 per $1000 financed. 1.9% for a term of 72 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $14.71 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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  • Manufacturer Offer

    $2,500 cash back on select Kia Forte models

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    Applies to select new 2017 Kia Forte.

    * Disclaimer(s)

    • Cash back from Kia Motors America, Inc (KMA). Must take delivery from a participating dealer and from retail stock from 9/6/2017 - 10/31/2017. Cash back offer when you purchase a new car only and may not be combined with Special Low APR and Special Lease offers. This incentive is for a limited time offer on eligible Kia vehicles. Not all incentive programs are compatible. See dealer for details.

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  • Manufacturer Offer

    Lease: $129 per month for 36 months. $2,662 due at signing

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    Applies to select new 2017 Kia Forte.

    * Disclaimer(s)

    • Closed-end lease based on new 2017 Forte (Model C3422 LX Auto. Trans.) subject to credit approval, dealer participation, and vehicle availability. Offer shown based on $2,662 due at lease signing including $129 first monthly payment, $1,937.42 capitalized cost reduction, $595 acquisition fee, plus tax, title, license and registration fees, dealer conveyance fee, processing fee or optional service fee and any emission testing charge. No security deposit required. Offer shown total lease payments are $7,177. Actual payments may vary. Purchase option at lease-end for offer shown of residual value of $8,322.75. Lessee is responsible for insurance, maintenance, repairs, $.20 per mile over 12,000 miles/year, excess wear, and a $400 termination fee*. Lease offer applies to Forte LX AT (MSRP $18,495, includes freight, and excludes taxes, title, license, additional options and retailer charges). Actual prices set by dealer. Must take delivery from retail stock by 10/31/2017. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. See dealer for warranty and lease details or go to kia.com.

      *Termination fee for all states except CO, IN, IA, KS, ME, OK, SC, WI, WV & WY. WI termination fee: The amount of the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. CO, IA, KS, ME, OK, WV & WY termination fee: The amount of two times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. IN & SC termination fee: The amount of three times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. Not all incentive programs are compatible. Additional terms and conditions apply. All matters of program eligibility and qualification will be resolved by Kia Motors America, Inc. ("KMA") in its sole discretion, and KMA reserves the right to change product and program specifications at any time without incurring any obligations. Cannot exceed 12000 miles per year.

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • CD player
  • MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 4
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 2.0 L
  • Engine horsepower - 147hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Engine torque - 132 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 81.0mm x 97.0mm (3.19" x 3.82")
  • Compression ratio - 12.50 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,559mm (179.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,781mm (70.1")
  • Exterior height - 1,430mm (56.3")
  • Wheelbase - 2,700mm (106.3")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,072mm (42.2")
  • Rear legroom - 912mm (35.9")
  • Front headroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Rear headroom - 947mm (37.3")
  • Front hiproom - 1,367mm (53.8")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,349mm (53.1")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,425mm (56.1")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,394mm (54.9")
  • Passenger volume - 2,724L (96.2 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 422 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 422 L (15 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - trunk
  • Power door mirrors
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 2.0
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 147hp @ 6,200RPM
  • Torque - 132 lb.-ft. @ 4,500RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 28mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 13.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 25mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 34mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Front tires - 195/65HR15.0
  • Rear tires - 195/65HR15.0
  • Wheel size - 15"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window defroster
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX 2017 Kia Forte Sedan LX Search New $16,600   147-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  25 / 34  
LX 2017 Kia Forte Sedan LX Search New $17,600   147-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  29 / 38  
S 2017 Kia Forte Sedan S Search New $19,300   147-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  29 / 38  
EX 2017 Kia Forte Sedan EX Search New $21,300   164-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 33  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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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.

Walk Around

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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 Overview

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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.

Summary

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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.

Model Lineup

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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.

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