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Japanese Vehicles Dominate CarMD’s Latest Reliability Rankings 8
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Acura, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Traverse, honda, Honda Civic, Hyundai, Kia, Kia Forte, Mazda, Mazda5, Study, TOYOTA on 12 8th, 2017

CarMD has released its latest Vehicle Health Index Make & Model Reliability Rankings which examine how often vehicles show their check engine lights and how much those resulting repairs typically cost.

According to the company, they analyzed the check engine health of more than 4.2 million vehicles from between 1996 and 2017. The data was collected from CarMD’s network of ASE-certified technicians who “recommend, validate and upload repairs and costs to the database on a daily basis.”

The results of the study show Hyundai vehicles have the lowest average repair cost for a check engine light issue as the resulting parts and labor typically cost owners $306. The company was closely followed by Mazda and Kia which both had costs under $320.

The costs vary significantly by model and three most affordable average repair costs were for the 2012 Mazda 5, 2015 Kia Forte and 2015 Chevrolet Traverse. The Mazda 5 was the clear winner as its average repair cost was just $109.30. The Forte and Traverse had averages of $150.02 and $152.60, respectively.

CarMD’s data also showed vehicles from Acura, Honda, and Toyota were the least likely to have their check engine light on. In terms of models themselves, the Honda Civic was determined to be the vehicle that is least likely to have a check engine warning. It was followed closely by the Toyota Camry and Corolla.

The company says at least 10 percent of vehicles in the United States have their check engine light on at any given time and repair costs car vary widely as sometimes the light is activated for something as simple as not fully tightening the gas cap.

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Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”


IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60


Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline

Kia Tops J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Fiat Finishes Last 22
Posted by Michael Gauthier in BMW, BMW 2-Series, Chevrolet, Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford, Ford Mustang, Kia, Kia Cadenza, Kia Forte, Kia Niro, Kia Sorento, Kia Soul, porsche, Porsche-911, Reports, Study, Toyota Camry on 06 22nd, 2017

J.D. Power has released its Initial Quality Study which found that new-vehicle quality has risen eight percent to its highest level ever recorded.
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Kia Discontinues Forte Koup Amid Falling Sales 1
Posted by Brad Anderson in Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Forte Koup, Reports on 05 1st, 2017

The Kia Forte Koup has fallen victim to dwindling consumer demand for small cars with confirmation from the automaker that it has been discontinued. Kia confirmed the news following the publication of a report from Cars Direct.
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2017 KIA Forte Spot Calls On NBA Basketball To Promote Lane Keep Assist Function 18
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in commercials, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Videos, Tech, video on 10 18th, 2016

If the Optima is the perfect car to get you in the zone, the 2017 Forte seems to be well-equipped to snap you back to reality if you're day-dreaming about playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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2017 Kia Forte Detailed, Gains 147HP 2.0L Entry-Level Model 30
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Kia, Kia Forte, new cars on 06 30th, 2016

Following its debut at the Detroit Motor Show, the refreshed 2017 Kia Forte gains a new base engine and a host of new driver-assistance systems.
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Hyundai And Kia Issue Four Recalls, Over 400,000 Vehicles Affected 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Tucson, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Sedona, Recalls on 06 20th, 2016

From corrosion issues to faulty hood latches, more than 400,000 vehicles made by Kia and Hyundai have been recalled in four separate safety campaings.
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2017 KIA Forte5 Gains Dual-Clutch Gearbox And More Tech Inside 12
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Forte, new cars on 01 12th, 2016

KIA has brought the refreshed Forte and Forte5 hatchback to Detroit, next to the Telluride concept.
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NAIAS: Kia Updates Forte Sedan And Forte5 For The 2017MY 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Forte, new cars on 01 11th, 2016

Following the the unveiling of the Korean market K3, Kia introduced the updated for 2017 Forte sedan and Forte5 hatch for North America in Detroit.
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KIA Details 2016 Forte Koup, Adds Better Features 8
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Forte Koup, new cars on 01 8th, 2016

KIA's sporty-looking Forte Koup is looking to earn more good will in 2016 by continuing to be a 'fun to drive' two-door version of its siblings, while offering some pretty solid standard & optional features.
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Kia Unveils Facelifted K3 / Forte Sedan / Cerato In South Korea 27
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Kia, Kia Forte, Korea, new cars on 11 27th, 2015

Having three different names for the same car is not unheard of and while we mostly refer to it as the Forte Sedan, or the Cerato, in its local market the compact is known as the K3, and it just received a facelift, which will be applied to the global variants too.
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2014 Kia Forte Sedan EX FWD Sport Review & Test Drive 20
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, Kia, Kia Forte, Test Drives on 08 20th, 2013
2014 Kia Forte EX Beauty Right Done Small

2014 Kia Forte EX Beauty Right Done Small

The all-new 2014 Kia Forte is longer, wider, lower than before and offers more room, more performance and more premium amenities.  It is offered in LX and EX variants with a choice of an efficient 1.8 liter engine or a more powerful 2.0 liter engine that I tested in the EX model.  Slotted between the Rio sub-compact sedan and the best-selling Optima mid-size sedan, the all-new 2014 Forte include a host of unexpected optional features in a package that easily accommodates five people and their cargo.

2014 Kia Forte EX Beauty Left Up Done Small

With an aggressive low and wider stance showing broad shoulders and a steeply raked windshield, the look is definitely sporty and with the four windows at the profile it seems longer and sleeker.  Up front are dramatically swept HID headlight lenses cut deeply into the front fenders.  LED positioning lights create distinct eyebrows and the Kia grille is framed with chrome.  Below the grille is another air-intake with a splitter below, foglamps at the side and a flat tray underneath to help with front airflow.  The gentle sculpting along the Forte’s lower borders taper the sheet metal inward, affording the car a taut, nimble appearance without diminishing its road presence.  The profile also features a ‘hockey puck’ chrome strip, chrome pull-out door handles, and aero-styled power-remote sideview mirrors with repeater turn-signals. In the back the up-kicked fender line and trunk design, with its deep horizontal crease, lend width and allure while allowing the complex curve of the LED taillights to flow over the rear haunches.  The trunk features a lip at the rear to enhance downforce, and a wide, round polished stainless steel exhaust tip out the bottom right side under the bumper.  The look is so complete that it looks like it is moving when parked.

2014 Kia Forte EX Engine Done Small

The Forte EX enhances the driving experience with a 2.0 liter, all-aluminum, DOHC, Gasoline Direct Injected inline four-cylinder engine that features dual continuously variable valve timing and a lightweight intake manifold that reduces weight by 30% of a cast unit.  The aluminum bed plate located below the cylinder block reduces engine NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels and improves block rigidity by 30%.  It generates 173hp at 6,500rpm and 154lb.ft. of toque at 4,700rpm for quick launches and easy highway cruising.

This potent engine is hooked up to a standard, smooth shifting six-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic manual shifting turning the front wheels.

2014 Kia Forte EX Beauty Rear Done Small

For a smoother, sportier ride, the all-new Forte drives on a chassis that is longer by 1.2 inches, lower by 0.6 inches and wider by 0.2 inches.  With its 106.3 inch wheelbase, two inches longer than before, the all-new Forte uses a MacPherson strut front suspension with coil springs and a stabilizer bar.  The rear features a coupled torsion beam rear axle setup with coil springs, gas-charged shocks and a stabilizer bar to help inhibit body lean when driving through curving roads.  Piloting the all-new Forte is fun and exciting with on-center steering feel that is improved utilizing larger bushings and revised front suspension geometry.  The unique electric power steering system has replaced the hydraulic system from before reducing parasitic load.  The optional Flex Steer on my EX model puts you firmly in control with settings for Comfort, Normal and Sport, which vary steering effort at the touch of a steering wheel-mounted button.  I really like the system because when cruising on the highway you can push for Normal, when looking for a parking space when shopping you can push for comfort and when seeking curving roads you can push the Sport mode.

Quickly and safely slowing the all-new Forte EX down from speed are power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes.  Up front are 11 inch vented discs and 10.3 inch solid discs in the rear.  Each brake is clamped with single-piston calipers.  Keeping you in control during severe braking maneuvers or when braking on slick or wet pavement are standard ABS, BA, Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management and Hill Start Assist Control.

The all-new 2014 Kia Forte EX rides on large, 17X7 inch aluminum alloy wheels wrapped with Nexen 215/45R17 inch low-profile, high-performance, all-season radial tires for a smooth, quiet and controlled ride.

2014 Kia Forte EX Dashboard Done Small

The doors open wide to reveal a cabin sculpted in organic curves surrounded by leather and high-quality soft-to-the-touch materials.  It is a simple yet serine interior with all of the needs a sport oriented driver and family needs for everyday comfort and convenience.  The driver-centric cabin is canted 10-degrees to you for easy reach.  Large, easy-to-read instruments dominate the cluster and secondary controls fall easily to your hand.  The EX’s interior is loaded with the latest in luxury, convenience, infotainment and safety features.  The 4.2 inch LCD screen between the white-on-black gauges in the EX provides trip and ancillary vehicle information front and center for easy viewing.  The leather seats up front are comfortable and supportive with your side power-adjustable 10-ways/heated/cooled with lumbar support.  The front passenger seat is manual but also heated.  Tasteful chrome bezels ring the dual-zone automatic climate controls with rear seat vents at the end of the center console’s armrest.  Also standard in the EX are power windows/door locks, Navigation system with Sirius Satellite Radio and eight speakers, power sliding sunroof, Bluetooth hands free phone integration, power mirrors, UVO eServices Telematics with rear camera display, USB/auxiliary input jacks, 60/40 split folding rear seat with center armrest and dual cupholders, front console with accordion covered storage bin, dual cupholders/armrest, remote keyless entry, cruise control, variable speed wipers/washers, leather-wrapped/tilt/telescoping steering wheel with audio/Bluetooth/cruise control buttons, leather-wrapped stick shifter, auto on/off headlights, 2-person seat memory, heated outboard rear seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual map lights, grab handles above each passenger door, engine immobilizer, Supervision Meter Instrument Cluster, storage slots in each door, carpeted floor mats, dual lighted vanity mirrors, remote fuel door and trunk openers.   Standard safety features include dual front advanced airbags, front-seat mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, 5-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters, front/rear crumple zones, steel beams in each door, LATCH system for child seats, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

2014 Kia Forte EX Front Seats Done Small

Kia has done it again, bringing to market an improved Forte sedan in an upscale EX trim.  It is sleeker, wider, longer, better performing than before and contains a cabin that is more user friendly, comfortable and safer than before at a very reasonable price of just $24,715.00 for the loaded model that I tested.

2014 Kia Forte EX Beauty Right Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Beauty Side Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Beauty Left Up Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Beauty Rear Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Dashboard Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Cluster Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Front Seats Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Back Seats Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Door Trim Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Badge Done Small
2014 Kia Forte EX Engine Done Small



  • Price: Base Forte Sedan $15,400 As-Tested Forte Sedan EX FWD Sport $24,715.00
  • Engine: 2.0 liter DOHC Direct-Injection 4-cylinder 173 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm / 154 lb.ft. of toque @ 4,700 rpm
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
  • Total length: 179.5 inches
  • Total width: 70.1 inches
  • Total height: 56.5 inches
  • Track: f/r-61.3/61.8 inches
  • Ground clearance 5.5 inches
  • Headroom: f/r-39.1/37.3 inches
  • Legroom: f/r-42.2/35.9 inches
  • Trunk volume: 14.9 cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 34.8 ft.
  • Gas tank: 13.2 gallons
  • EPA mileage: 24mpg/city/ 36mpg/highway

2012 Kia Forte Koup SX Review & Test Drive 30
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, featured, Kia, Kia Forte, Test Drives on 11 30th, 2011


The 2011 Kia Forte Koup SX is a seamless blend of world-class design, fun-to-drive performance, fuel efficiency and a long list of standard safety and technology features.

The Forte Koup surrounds the driver and front passenger with the latest in must-have technology with Bluetooth wireless connectivity and steering wheel-mounted controls that enable voice-activated hands-free operation for compatible cell phones.  For listening convenience, USB and auxiliary input jacks offer full iPod and MP3 controllability via the audio head unit or the standard steering wheel-mounted audio controls.  A six-speaker AM-FM-CD/MP3 audio system outfitted with Sirius XM satellite radio capability also comes standard, while speaker lights that can either pulse to the best of the music or simply add mood lighting enhance the personal-lounge feeling of the interior.

Forte Koup’s SX fluid lines and balanced proportions offer a refined and athletic stance with wrap-around headlamps, front lip spoiler, aggressive air intakes, gloss-black front fascia accents at the lower air-intake, foglamps and the signature Kia grille, and a low, sleek profile with swept-back A-pillars, fender stuffing grey-colored 17X7.5 inch alloy wheels wrapped with Goodyear 215/45R17 inch LS performance tires, low side extensions, power heated side mirrors, and chrome pull-out door handles.

Koup offers a muscular yet sophisticated design, and even from the rear, the two-door coupe exudes attitude with slim, LED wrapped taillamps, chrome dual exhaust tips gathered together and a working rear diffuser in a black shroud.  No other compact coupe on the road looks like this sporty model.

Riding on the same 104.3 inch wheelbase as its sedan and hatchback siblings, Forte Koup provides comfortable seating for up to five passengers with an overall length of 176.4 inches, an overall width of 69.5 inches and an overall height of just 55.1 inches, making it 2.4 inches lower, 2 inches shorter and 0.4 inches narrower than the sedan.  With a front lip spoiler, under floor airflow deflectors ahead of all four wheels, an engine bay cover and a lowered stance the Koup cuts through the air with a highly competitive coefficient of drag of just 0.31 and an aerodynamic lift coefficient of just 0.21, enhancing stability and providing a smoother ride at higher speeds.

The two door’s high torsional stiffness gives Forte Koup responsive handling, a smoother ride and improved refinement over the competition.  The Koup SX that I tested is built on a lightweight, steel hydro-formed subframe featuring a sport-tuned front MacPherson independent suspension including coil springs, monotube shocks and a stabilizer bar.  The rear torsion-beam setup includes coil springs, monotube shocks and a stabilizer bar to provide a firmer ride with reduced body roll and improved handling when cornering.

An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack & pinion steering system and smart front suspension design add the finishing touches to the robust, finely tuned steering and suspension package while providing a highly competitive turning circle of just 33.9 feet.

Additional refinements are utilized throughout the vehicle to help ensure a comfortable ride while significantly reducing noise, vibration and harshness.  Additionally, all-new noise-inhibiting materials are used in the engine bay bulkhead and rear parcel shelf, including the injection of sound-dampening foam into hollow sections of the bodyshell at strategic noise-transference points, as well as improved door and window seals.  The Koup SX is fun and easy to drive whether you are just taking care of personal errands, long strips or when exercising the car on the back roads.

Powering the front wheels on the Koup SX is a 2.4 liter all-aluminum four-cylinder engine with CVVT that pumps out a healthy 173hp at 6,000rpm and 168hp at 4,000rpm.  Two transmissions are available for the Koup, an efficient standard six-speed manual transmission that is silky smooth, or an optional electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with sequential shifting via the stick or through the steering column mounted paddle shifters.  The Koup SX blasts out to 60mph from a standstill in just 7.0 seconds while returning an excellent EPA mileage spec of 23mpg/city and 31mpg/highway.

Big, four-wheel power assisted steel disc brakes help slow the Koup SX down from speed.  Up front are 11.8 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers while 10.3 inch solid discs are clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Keeping you in control during severe braking or when braking on wet or slick pavement are standard ABS, BA, Traction Control and Electronic Stability Control.

Inside, Koup SX provides a spacious 90.7 cu.ft. of interior volume, a surprisingly roomy interior for a two-door coupe.  Driver and front passenger have an impressive 38.7 inches of headroom and 43.6 inches of legroom and 35.3 inches of headroom and 33.9 inches of legroom in the rear seats.  With 12.6 cu.ft. of cargo space daily trips and weekend getaways area breeze.  The 60/40 split folding rear seats that fold nearly flat, extend the available amount of cargo space even further to 53.4 cu.ft.

Standard equipment inside the SX includes supportive, nicely appointed sport bucket seat up front with extra side bolstering and seatback, A/C power windows, door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control with steering wheel-mounted buttons, a driver’s seat height adjuster, adjustable rear seat headrests, a tilt/telescoping leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, rear defroster, center console with dual cupholders and storage area, dual map lights with ceiling-mounted drop-down sunglass holder, variable intermittent wipers/washers, paddle shifters, auto headlamps, red stitching on seats, metal foot pedals, and metallic finish trim on the dashboard, shifter bezel and doors.

The SX gauge cluster is a Supervision style with trip computer, a red-hued glow and message display shown at the bottom of the cluster.  The display includes information such as outside temperature, distance to empty, engine coolant temperature, elapsed time, door-open alert, fuel consumption, average and instantaneous miles-per-gallon readings.

Key options include a leather package for the seats with heated buckets up front, a navigation system, automatic climate control, push button start with smart key and power sunroof.

Forte Koup SX standard safety features include front active headrests, dual advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions with front pretensioners/load limiters, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The 2012 Kia Forte SX is one of the best compact, two-door coupes on the market with unique good looks, excellent performance, comfortable and roomy interior with the latest in creature comforts, personal infotainment and safety systems.




  • Price: Base Kia Forte Koup SX $18,600
  • Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 cylinder 173 horsepower @ 6000 rpm / 168 ft-lbs. torque @ 4000 rpm
  • Headroom: f/r-38.7in/35.3in
  • Legroom: f/r-43.6in/33.9in
  • Track: f/r-61.4/61.6in.
  • Ground clearance: 5.5in.
  • EPA mileage est.: 22mpg city / 32mpg highway
  • Fuel tank: 13.7 gallons
  • Turning circle: 35.4 ft.
  • Curb weight: 2,891lbs.
  • 0-60 mph: 7.0 seconds

2011 Kia Forte EX 5-Door Review & Test Drive 26
Posted by Harvey Schwartz in Automotive, featured, Kia, Kia Forte, Test Drives on 09 26th, 2011


The all-new 2011 Kia Forte EX 5-door hatchback adds more flexibility and functionality to the value, technology, safety features and comfort already found in the Kia Forte compact 4-door sedan.  Joining the Forte line with the same sleek styling and multitude of features as its sedan sibling, the all-new 2011 Forte 5-door offers consumers an added level of flexibility for everyday needs with its functional hatchback.

With aggressive design cues, the Forte 5-door hatchback firmly establishes itself as a strong contender against the competition in this growing segment of the marketplace.  Sporting a bold look set apart by crisp lines, swept-back headlamps, a sleek profile and rounded rear to increase cargo capacity, space and functionality, Forte’s wide stance conveys motion while cruising the highway or parked in the driveway.

From the front and side, the Forte 5-door hatchback projects a clean and assertive presence with sweeping window arches, smooth fender flares and body-color side mirrors and door handles.  Turn signal indicators are integrated into the side mirrors adding to the upscale appearance.  The tasteful design cues are effortlessly streamlined to the rear with angled wrapped tail lamps and an uncluttered rear fascia.  The rear hatch glass comes standard with a top-mounted spoiler to enhance rear downforce and with a wiper and washer to help with rearward visibility while driving in the rain.

With a wheelbase of 104.3 inches, an overall width of 69.9 inches and an overall height of 57.5 inches, the Ford 5-door offers comfortable seating for up to five passengers.  The Kia engineered body achieves high torsional stiffness giving the car taut, responsive handling, a smoother ride quality and greater refinement that its competitors, with specially tuned, Kia-developed suspension adjusted perfectly for responsive handling on S-turn roads.  Additional refinements are fitted throughout to help ensure a comfortable ride with good noise, vibration and harshness reduction qualities.

These attributes are made possible because this front-wheel-drive unibody structure employs an independent front suspension with MacPherson struts, coil springs, monotube gas-charged shocks and a stabilizer bar.  The rear suspension setup features a torsion beam, coil springs and monotube gas-charged shocks.  This combination helps provide the optimal balance of handling and comfort.  An engine-speed-sensitive, power-assisted rack & pinion steering system adds the finishing touch for precise handling, feel for the road and by providing the most advantageous amount of assist for varying road conditions and speed.

Quickly and safely slowing the all-new Kia Forte hatchback EX down from speed are large power-assisted four-wheel steel disc brakes.  Up front are 11 inch vented discs clamped with dual-piston calipers and 10.3 inch solid discs clamped with single-piston calipers in the rear.  Your braking control during severe stopping maneuvers are enhanced with standard ABS, EBD, BA, Traction Control, and Electronic Stability Control.

The Kia Forte hatchback EX rides on 16X6 inch alloy wheels wrapped with 205/55R16 inch all-season radial tires for a smooth ride and excellent grip on dry or wet pavement.

Moving inside, the all-new Forte hatchback boasts a spacious 97.5 of cubic feet of passenger volume.  Driver and passengers have an impressive 40 inches of headroom and 43.3 inches of legroom in the front seats and 38.4 inches and 35 inches of legroom in the rear seats.  The cargo space behind the rear seats in the hatchback is a generous 19.4 cu.ft., perfect for luggage and weekend getaways or around-town grocery shopping.

Capitalizing on the spacious interior, the Forte 5-door makes every effort to incorporate style and function, starting with a crisp, high-visibility center stack and a driver-oriented three-gauge cluster exuding a stylish red glow.  Pampering owners further, the EX 5-door offer a host of standard interior features staring with comfortable, nicely appointed full cloth bucket seats, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, tilt steering wheel, rear defroster, dual 12-volt power outlets in the center console, power windows/door locks, remote keyless entry, A/C, dual map lights, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, tweeter speakers included with the AM-FM-CD/MP3 audio system with six-speakers, dual front and rear pull-down cupholders, Bluetooth wireless technology, USB/auxiliary input jacks, dual power sideview mirrors, center console with armrest and storage bin, outside temperature display, thick cut-pile carpeting with front/rear floor mats, grab handles above each passenger door, dual vanity mirrors, underfloor storage compartments in the cargo area, and storage slots in each door.

Options installed in my 5-door EX model included a power sunroof and the EX technology package with a navigation system, push button start/stop, automatic temperature control, foglamps, auto headlamps and chrome finished outside door handles.

The Forte 5-door EX is powered by a 2.0 liter DOHC four-cylinder engine producing a healthy 156hp at 6,200rpm and 144lb.ft. of torque at 4,300rpm, that features continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), and multi-port electronic fuel injection, both of which provide for greater performance and fuel economy.  This small potent engine is matted to a six speed manual or six-speed automatic with Sportmatic manual shifting coming standard in the EX model.  This six-speed automatic transmission is a propriety design for Kia Motors that was engineered and built specifically for Kia vehicles.  It pulls strong and smooth at all shift points.

The all-new Kia Forte 5-door offers an exceptional level of standard safety features including front active headrests, dual advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, side impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, 5-3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters and a tire pressure monitoring system.

The all-new 2011 Kia Forte EX 5-door is hard to beat in the growing compact 5-door sportwagon segment today.  It is nicely styled, has a good amount of power and high ride quality with an exceptional interior that pays attention to detail with many standard features you would have to pay for in most of the competition.  Most of all it is priced right with a base that starts at only $17,895.00.




  • Price: Base Forte 5-door hatchback $16,895 / As-Tested $17,895
  • Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder 156 horsepower @ 6200 rpm / 144 ft-lbs. torque @ 4300 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic with Sportmatic manual shifting
  • Wheelbase: 104.3in.
  • Total length: 170.9in.
  • Total width: 69.9in.
  • Total height: 57.5in.
  • Track: f/r-61.3/61.6in.
  • Ground clearance: 5.9in.
  • Headroom: f/r-40/38.4in.
  • Legroom: f/r-43.3/35in.
  • Interior volume: 97.5cu.ft.
  • Cargo volume behind second-row-19.4cu.ft.
  • Turning circle: 33.9ft.
  • Curb weight: 2,340lbs. automatic
  • EPA mileage: 26mpg/city, 36mpg/highway