Kia first introduced the Forte to the world in 2010. The compact car replaced the Spectra model and sold well from the start, competing with similar compact cars like the Honda Civic and the Chevy Volt. Three trim levels were offered on the initial models and are still available on the new Forte models. Those trims are the two-door coupe, four-door sedan, and a five-door hatchback. Currently, two generations of the Forte are available, with the new 2014 model being the first of the second-generation models.
Current Kia Forte models offer an abundance of standard features that enhance your driving experience. On the inside, drivers are certain to appreciate the stylish interior with steering wheel mounted controls for easy access to heat, air, music, and more. But that’s not all, other standard features available with the current Forte include power windows and locks, CD player, Bluetooth, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Active Eco System which increases fuel efficiency by adjusting how hard the transmission works.
You can also add optional features and accessories for a small cost if you choose. Among the options available for the Forte: 16-inch alloy wheels, remote keyless entry, upgraded trim for the interior, and dual lighted vanity mirrors. Increasing your Forte selection to the sedan or hatchback will get you additional features like a leather wrapped steering wheel, powerful motor, voice activated automation system, and a rearview camera.
What’s even better than all of these features? How about the low price? New models of the Kia Forte start out at just $15,900 MSRP, and if you’re searching for an even better deal, used models are priced to sell. This vehicle provides you far more value for your money than you'd expect.
Younger drivers can also appreciate the roomy interior and the seating for five. Whether you and your friends are headed to work or for a fun evening out on the town, the Forte offers plenty of room to get comfortable and cozy as you do.
When you’re ready to make the purchase of a used Kia Forte, start your search with the 2011 or later models. Before this time the hatchback style was unavailable. There were also changes in the transmission, with models prior to 2011 only offering a five-speed manual.
2014 Kia Forte Safety Features
You should feel safe driving the Kia Forte. The current model of the Forte offer standard safety features, which include child safety door locks, stability control, traction control, electronic brake assistance, anti-lock brakes, driver and front side airbags, passenger airbags, and more.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety offered the current Forte a safety test rating of "good" for front, side, and roof strengths and for "head restraint and seats."
Noteworthy About the Kia Forte
- For the environmentally conscious driver looking for a better, more efficient car, Kia released a Hybrid version of the Forte in 2009. Revealed at the Seoul Motor Show, the Hybrid was made available only in South Korea. It featured a 20-horsepower electric motor and a 1.6-liter, 114-horsepower engine.
- Saving money is probably something that you like to do, and driving the 2014 Kia Forte can save you as much as $2,250 in fuel costs over the course of five years.
- US News ranks the Forte the #6 Most Affordable Small Car, and gives the current model an overall rating of 8.3 out of a possible 10.
- Ward’s Auto awarded the 2014 Kia Forte one of the 10 best interior choices for the year.