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2019 Kia Forte Breaks Cover With Stinger Design Cues And New Tech 15
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Galleries, IVT, Kia, Kia Forte, new cars on 01 15th, 2018


Kia has just unveiled the all-new and much-improved 2019 Forte Sedan at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

The automaker recently launched a series of renderings that previewed the 2019 Forte, although while the new car does slightly resemble the Stinger, it doesn’t quite look as dynamic as it did in those images.

Yet, the all-new Kia Forte is said to offer higher levels of comfort than its predecessor, with visual enhancements inside and out, as well as improved fuel efficiency and modern advanced driver assistance technologies.

“The compact sedan segment is highly competitive, but with all the improvements the new Forte brings to market for the 2019 model year, it is more than prepared to take on the toughest the segment has to offer,” said Kia U.S. VP, Orth Hedrick. “As one of our top-selling models, the all-new Forte follows some large footsteps, but enhancements in styling, packaging and content make it even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle.”

In the styling department, you’ll notice that the 2019 Forte features a long hood and short deck, resulting in a Fastback-like shape, similar to the Stinger. Kia also moved the cowl point back by 5 inches, creating a more dynamic stance for the new model. The headlights don’t actually resemble those found on the Stinger, while the LED taillights kind of look like those on the Sportage crossover – thanks to their overall shape and the horizontal trim piece.

Since the Forte’s overall length was increased by 3.2 inches (81 cm) to 182.7 inches (4,640 mm), overall legroom and additional trunk space also grew. Meanwhile, Kia increased the height by nearly half an inch (12.7 mm) to 56.7 inches (1,440 mm), while width expanded to 70.8 inches (1,798 mm).

Inside, the Stinger-inspired dashboard features circular vents, an 8″ color touchscreen, soft-touch points and a horizontal theme with clear lines and minimal buttons. The new Forte comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can also read your SMS text messages aloud through Bluetooth. Another useful feature is the available wireless charging tray, compatible with certain Android devices as well as the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

What Kia calls a “surprising feature in this segment” is the new Forte’s 320-watt Harman Kardon premium sound system, with its unique speaker hole pattern on the door panels and throughout the cabin. As for active safety tech, in addition to Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist, the all-new Forte comes with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Smart Cruise Control.

Power comes from a second-generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, boasting Atkinson Cycle technology and a cooled EGR system, both designed to boost fuel efficiency. The new unit can be paired to either a 6-speed manual or Kia’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). While power and torque remains the same as on the 2018 Forte, meaning 147 HP and 132 lb-ft, the new model is estimated to return up to 35 MPG (6.7 l/100km) combined, a 3 MPG improvement over the current car.

The all-new 2019 Kia Forte will arrive in U.S. showrooms later this year.

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2019 Kia Forte Breaks Cover With Stinger Design Cues And New Tech 15
Jan
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Detroit-Auto-Show, featured, Galleries, IVT, Kia, Kia Forte, new cars on 01 15th, 2018


Kia has just unveiled the all-new and much-improved 2019 Forte Sedan at this year’s Detroit Auto Show.

The automaker recently launched a series of renderings that previewed the 2019 Forte, although while the new car does slightly resemble the Stinger, it doesn’t quite look as dynamic as it did in those images.

Yet, the all-new Kia Forte is said to offer higher levels of comfort than its predecessor, with visual enhancements inside and out, as well as improved fuel efficiency and modern advanced driver assistance technologies.

“The compact sedan segment is highly competitive, but with all the improvements the new Forte brings to market for the 2019 model year, it is more than prepared to take on the toughest the segment has to offer,” said Kia U.S. VP, Orth Hedrick. “As one of our top-selling models, the all-new Forte follows some large footsteps, but enhancements in styling, packaging and content make it even more attractive to drivers seeking a compact sedan that can accommodate their versatile lifestyle.”

In the styling department, you’ll notice that the 2019 Forte features a long hood and short deck, resulting in a Fastback-like shape, similar to the Stinger. Kia also moved the cowl point back by 5 inches, creating a more dynamic stance for the new model. The headlights don’t actually resemble those found on the Stinger, while the LED taillights kind of look like those on the Sportage crossover – thanks to their overall shape and the horizontal trim piece.

Since the Forte’s overall length was increased by 3.2 inches (81 cm) to 182.7 inches (4,640 mm), overall legroom and additional trunk space also grew. Meanwhile, Kia increased the height by nearly half an inch (12.7 mm) to 56.7 inches (1,440 mm), while width expanded to 70.8 inches (1,798 mm).

Inside, the Stinger-inspired dashboard features circular vents, an 8″ color touchscreen, soft-touch points and a horizontal theme with clear lines and minimal buttons. The new Forte comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and can also read your SMS text messages aloud through Bluetooth. Another useful feature is the available wireless charging tray, compatible with certain Android devices as well as the Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

What Kia calls a “surprising feature in this segment” is the new Forte’s 320-watt Harman Kardon premium sound system, with its unique speaker hole pattern on the door panels and throughout the cabin. As for active safety tech, in addition to Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist, the all-new Forte comes with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Smart Cruise Control.

Power comes from a second-generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, boasting Atkinson Cycle technology and a cooled EGR system, both designed to boost fuel efficiency. The new unit can be paired to either a 6-speed manual or Kia’s new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). While power and torque remains the same as on the 2018 Forte, meaning 147 HP and 132 lb-ft, the new model is estimated to return up to 35 MPG (6.7 l/100km) combined, a 3 MPG improvement over the current car.

The all-new 2019 Kia Forte will arrive in U.S. showrooms later this year.

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Kia’s Bringing A Sleeker New Forte Sedan To Detroit 11
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Kia, Kia Forte, Renderings on 01 11th, 2018


To the growing list of new cars we can look forward to seeing unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next week, we can now add the Kia Forte sedan.

Previewed in this trio of teaser renderings, the new Forte is slated to replace the current model that was introduced in 2012 and updated for 2017.

The all-new 2019 model has been styled to look more like a scaled-down version of the Stinger, the cab-forward design of the current model giving way to a more swept-back profile.

The Korean automaker points out the fresh take on its signature tiger-nose grille, the aggressive-looking vents in the front bumper, and the sharp-looking headlights at the front end, with indicators separated from the taillights above and a horizontal strip visually broadening the rear end.

The horizontal dashboard design inside aims to give it an airier feel than its compact dimensions would suggest, with a free-standing infotainment screen in the middle and circular air-conditioning vents at the extremes.

The sedan is just one bodystyle in the Forte family, but we can expect that potential successors to the Forte Koup and Forte5 hatchback will follow the four-door’s lead.

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Half A Million Hyundai And Kia Models Recalled Over Brake Light Issue 14
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai Elantra, Kia, Kia Forte, Recalls, Reports on 12 14th, 2017


Over half a million Hyundai and Kia models are being recalled in the United States due to faulty brake lights.

According to The Detroit News, 390,000 Hyundai Elantras built between 2013 and 2014, and over 134,000 Kia Fortes from 2012 through 2014, has been recalled as the brake lights may not go out when the pedal is released.

Government documents reveal that the polymer stopper pad between the brake pedal arm and the light switch can deteriorate, thus allowing the switch to stay on even when the pedal isn’t depressed. This fault also means the driver can shift out of Park without applying the brakes.

To fix the issue, dealerships will replace the brake stopper pad. Kia’s recall will commence on January 30 while Hyundai’s will kick off on February 8.

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Japanese Vehicles Dominate CarMD’s Latest Reliability Rankings 8
Dec
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
Dec
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.”

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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

Minivans

Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline



Kia Tops J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, Fiat Finishes Last 22
Jun
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
May
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
Oct
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
Jun
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
Jun
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
Jan
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
Jan
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
Jan
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
Nov
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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