Forte Offers Solid Sedan and Hatchback Options
The Kia Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback got a major facelift for 2017 including:
- Design—Inspired by the Optima, Forte features an improved tiger nose grille with two front end options, one with a sophisticated European influence and the other more aggressive and sportier.
- Trim—Addition of sport S trim level comes with a spot-tuned suspension, daytime LED running lights, 16-inch alloys, a chrome exhaust tip and a rear spoiler
- Engine—2.0L 4 cylinder engine for improved performance and fuel economy. 6 speed manual or automatic transmission.
Car and Driver says “We don’t want to repeat “Look at how far Kia has come!” Although, technically, we just said it again. This time the impetus is the newest Forte sedan and Forte5 hatchback, because what compact car just eight years into its life span goes from dull underachiever to spiffy underdog? A mildly refreshed 2017 model adds more dazzle to an already well-dressed and competent small car.”
The 2017 offers lots of options available including:
- Leather upholstery
- Dual-zone climate control
- UVO infotainment system
- 18” wheels
Kia continues to add more driver assist technologies including front collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, dynamic bending light and blind spot detection to improve passenger safety.
The 2017 Fortes represent improvements and not a total redesign, making the 2016 Forte still an attractive option. At a price point several thousand dollars below the 2017, it is well-worth consideration. Add a Kia Country $5000 minimum trade and you can drive home in a new car with considerable savings. “Around town and on the highway, the Forte sedan, coupe and hatchback are all excellent choices. Multiple creature comforts coddle driver and passenger alike, and even the base engine feels plenty of power; the turbo is just gravy. Regardless, the Forte lineup is a solidly economical choice as a daily driver, “says, Kelley Blue Book reviews with an 8.9 out of 10 score from both experts and consumers.
The Forte sedan will be produced at Kia’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico, making it the first vehicle to be built at the automaker’s second North American plant.