2013 Kia Forte Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$15,400-$19,300
$15,100-$18,380
25 /CITY / 35 /HWY
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What's New for 2013:

  • Restyled Kia badges
  • 16-inch alloy wheel design
  • LED running lights standard on EX and SX trim levels
  • Power-folding side mirrors added to EX and SX trim levels
  • Crimson Red and Metallic Bronze paint colors

Exterior Features
The 2013 Kia Forte is a compact car sold in coupe (Koup), hatchback (5-Door), and sedan body styles equipped with LX (sedan only), EX or SX trim levels. A set of 16-inch aluminum wheels is optional on the EX Sedan and standard on the EX 5-Door and EX Koup. The SX trim level features larger 17-inch wheels.

Interior Features
Every 2013 Kia Forte includes air conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB/iPod connections, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Upgrading to EX trim adds power windows, power door locks, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The SX trim level includes upgraded trim and gauge displays.

Optional Features
The EX Sedan can be upgraded with a Premium package that adds a sunroof and 16-inch aluminum wheels, or with a Fuel Economy package that provides electric steering and low-rolling-resistance tires. The EX and SX trims are available with a Technology package including a navigation system, reversing camera, automatic climate control, Smart Key entry with push-button ignition, and other upgrades. The SX Leather package includes leather seats that are heated in front.

Under the Hood
The Kia Forte LX and EX trims are equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 156 horsepower. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on the LX Sedan. A 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission is optional on this model and standard on the EX.

The Kia Forte SX trim is designed to deliver greater performance, and is equipped with a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine bolted to a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Kia Forte are:
  • Forte 2.0L Sedan/Hatch with manual transmission: 25/34/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Forte 2.0L Koup with manual transmission: 24/33/28 mpg
  • Forte 2.0L Sedan/Hatch with automatic transmission: 26/36/29 mpg
  • Forte 2.0L Koup with automatic transmission: 25/34/29 mpg
  • Forte 2.0L with Fuel Economy Pkg. and automatic transmission: 27/37/30 mpg
  • Forte 2.4L with manual transmission (all models): 22/32/26 mpg
  • Forte 2.4L Sedan/Hatch with automatic transmission: 23/32/26 mpg
  • Forte 2.4L Koup with automatic transmission: 23/31/26 mpg

Safety
Each 2013 Kia Forte is equipped with 6 air bags, anti-lock brakes, and a traction and stability control system. A reversing camera is available on EX and SX trims.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Kia Forte an overall crash-test rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, but does issue a concern about the model's rear-seat side-impact protection test, in which a door panel intruded and struck the crash-test dummy's torso. Also, the Forte's side-impact pole test result rates just 2 stars, while the side-impact test result for the driver rates 3 stars. As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the Kia Forte.

What's New for 2013:

  • Restyled Kia badges
  • 16-inch alloy wheel design
  • LED running lights standard on EX and SX trim levels
  • Power-folding side mirrors added to EX and SX trim levels
  • Crimson Red and Metallic Bronze paint colors

Exterior Features
The 2013 Kia Forte is a compact car sold in coupe (Koup), hatchback (5-Door), and sedan body styles equipped with LX (sedan only), EX or SX trim levels. A set of 16-inch aluminum wheels is optional on the EX Sedan and standard on the EX 5-Door and EX Koup. The SX trim level features larger 17-inch wheels.

Interior Features
Every 2013 Kia Forte includes air conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB/iPod connections, and a height-adjustable driver's seat. Upgrading to EX trim adds power windows, power door locks, cruise control, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The SX trim level includes upgraded trim and gauge displays.

Optional Features
The EX Sedan can be upgraded with a Premium package that adds a sunroof and 16-inch aluminum wheels, or with a Fuel Economy package that provides electric steering and low-rolling-resistance tires. The EX and SX trims are available with a Technology package including a navigation system, reversing camera, automatic climate control, Smart Key entry with push-button ignition, and other upgrades. The SX Leather package includes leather seats that are heated in front.

Under the Hood
The Kia Forte LX and EX trims are equipped with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 156 horsepower. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on the LX Sedan. A 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission is optional on this model and standard on the EX.

The Kia Forte SX trim is designed to deliver greater performance, and is equipped with a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine bolted to a 6-speed Sportmatic automatic transmission.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Kia Forte are:
  • Forte 2.0L Sedan/Hatch with manual transmission: 25/34/29 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Forte 2.0L Koup with manual transmission: 24/33/28 mpg
  • Forte 2.0L Sedan/Hatch with automatic transmission: 26/36/29 mpg
  • Forte 2.0L Koup with automatic transmission: 25/34/29 mpg
  • Forte 2.0L with Fuel Economy Pkg. and automatic transmission: 27/37/30 mpg
  • Forte 2.4L with manual transmission (all models): 22/32/26 mpg
  • Forte 2.4L Sedan/Hatch with automatic transmission: 23/32/26 mpg
  • Forte 2.4L Koup with automatic transmission: 23/31/26 mpg

Safety
Each 2013 Kia Forte is equipped with 6 air bags, anti-lock brakes, and a traction and stability control system. A reversing camera is available on EX and SX trims.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives the 2013 Kia Forte an overall crash-test rating of 4 (out of 5) stars, but does issue a concern about the model's rear-seat side-impact protection test, in which a door panel intruded and struck the crash-test dummy's torso. Also, the Forte's side-impact pole test result rates just 2 stars, while the side-impact test result for the driver rates 3 stars. As this overview is written, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not rated the Kia Forte.

Available Trims for the 2013 Kia Forte
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name LX (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual MSRP 15400.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 25/34
Name LX (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 16400.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name EX (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 17800.00 Engine 2.0L/122 City/Hwy MPG 27/37
Name SX (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic MSRP 19300.00 Engine 2.4L/144 City/Hwy MPG 23/32
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INTERIOR
  • Front bucket seats w/active headrests -inc: 6-way manual driver seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat w/adjustable headrests -inc: center armrest
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Center console w/armrest & storage
  • Tilt steering wheel w/audio controls
  • Tachometer
  • Digital clock
  • Fuel door, hood & trunk remote release
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • Illuminated glove box
  • (2) front/(2) rear cup holders -inc: front chrome ring trim
  • Dual 12V pwr outlets
  • Front door map pockets w/bottle holders
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors w/extensions
  • Cargo area light
  • EcoMinder fuel efficiency monitor
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
  • Outside temp display
  • Trip computer
  • Pwr windows -inc: driver 1-touch auto-down
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Bright chrome decor accents -inc: door handles, cluster housing
  • Soft paint upper door panel
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors w/extensions
  • Sunglass holder
  • Dual map lights
  • Sport cloth seat trim
  • Metal pedals
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel w/audio & cruise controls
  • Supervision gauge cluster
  • Bright chrome decor accents -inc: transmission gear shift knob, park brake button, door handles, cluster housing
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
EXTERIOR
  • 15" x 5.5" steel wheels w/full covers
  • 195/65R15 tires
  • Body-color bumpers -inc: rear garnish
  • Clear-lens headlamps w/auto-off
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Tinted windshield glass w/shade band
  • Solar control door glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers -inc: low washer fluid indicator
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color heated pwr folding mirrors w/integrated turn signals
  • 17" x 7" 10-spoke alloy wheels
  • 215/45R17 tires
  • Clear-lens headlamps w/auto-on/off
  • Front fog lamps
MECHANICAL
  • 2.0L CVVT DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine -inc: engine cover
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, monotube shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension -inc: coil springs, monotube shock absorbers
  • Speed-sensitive hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Ventilated front/solid rear pwr disc brakes
  • 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission w/OD
  • 2.4L CVVT DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine -inc: engine cover
  • 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission w/OD -inc: paddle shifters
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Chrome exhaust tip
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
    • Brake assist system (BAS)
    • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
    • Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control system (TCS)
    • Front/rear crumple zones
    • 5-MPH bumpers
    • Side impact door beams
    • Dual front advanced airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor
    • Front seat side mounted airbags
    • Full-length side curtain airbags
    • 3-point height-adjustable front seat belts w/pretensioners & force limiters
    • 3-point rear seat belts for all positions
    • Seat belt warning chime
    • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Impact-absorbing steering column
    • Internal emergency trunk release
    • Rear child safety door locks
    • LED daytime running lights
    ENTERTAINMENT
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, USB port, (4) speakers
    • SIRIUS satellite radio
    • Bluetooth hands-free link -inc: steering wheel controls
    • Roof-mounted antenna
    • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, USB port, (6) speakers w/door-mounted tweeters

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