2014 Kia Forte

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What's New for 2014:
  • Completely redesigned
  • LX and EX trim levels
  • New FlexSteer technology
  • New UVO eServices technology
  • Optional heated front and rear seats
  • Optional heated steering wheel
  • Optional ventilated driver's seat
  • Optional SmartKey passive entry with push-button starting

The 2014 Kia Forte Sedan competes against other compact models but is actually considered a midsize car by the EPA. Key competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta.

Models and Features
Kia sells the 2014 Forte Sedan in LX and EX trim levels. The Forte Sedan LX is equipped with air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, heated side mirrors, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cloth seats, driver's seat height adjuster, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The standard 4-speaker stereo includes Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack. The Forte LX rides on 15-inch steel wheels with plastic wheel covers.

The Kia Forte EX is equipped with a more powerful engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Additionally, this version adds 16-inch aluminum wheels, chrome exterior trim, fog lights, automatic headlights with LED running lights, and power-folding exterior mirrors with LED turn signal indicators. Inside, the Forte EX adds upgraded cloth seating with a sliding center armrest, soft-touch upper door panel trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, overhead map lights, sunglasses holder, dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors, and a cooling glove box.

In addition to these upgrades, the Forte EX is equipped with upgraded speakers, a UVO eServices infotainment system, and FlexSteer steering with driver-selected assist levels. Cruise control, remote keyless entry, and a reversing camera are also standard for the EX model, along with an Active Eco system designed to help conserve fuel.

Options and Packages
An automatic transmission is optional for the Forte LX, and it includes Active Eco technology. If the LX is equipped with an automatic, a Popular Equipment package is available, adding many of the same features that come standard on the EX model, such as aluminum wheels, remote keyless entry, cruise control, upgraded interior materials, and other convenience items.

Add a set of optional 17-inch aluminum wheels to the Forte EX, and the car can be optioned with a Premium package containing leather seats, a 10-way power driver's seat with memory and ventilation, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, power sunroof, Smart Key passive entry system with push-button starting, universal garage door opener, and more.

Beyond this, the Forte EX is offered with a Technology package that adds dual-zone automatic climate control, a navigation system, HD Radio, upgraded gauges with an LCD display screen, HID headlights, and LED taillights.

Under the Hood
A 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Forte LX, paired with a 6-speed manual gearbox and driving the car's front wheels. A 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic manual shift capability is optional, and is required to add the Popular Equipment package.

Forte EX models have a 173-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine and a 6-speed automatic Sportmatic transmission as standard equipment.

Fuel Economy
According to the EPA, the Forte LX Sedan with the manual gearbox is rated to get 25 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, for a combined rating of 29 mpg. Add the automatic transmission, and the highway rating drops to 36 mpg.

Choose the more powerful Forte EX Sedan, and fuel-economy ratings are 24 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 28 mpg in combined driving.

Safety Ratings and Technology
In crash-test ratings conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Forte Sedan received a 4-star (out of 5 stars) overall rating. Notably, in the frontal-impact test, the front passenger protection level is rated at only 2 stars. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has not performed crash tests on the 2014 Forte Sedan as this overview is written.

Aside from a standard Hill Assist Control system, the new Kia Forte offers the expected standard safety equipment. The Forte EX adds a standard reversing camera, and is equipped with UVO eServices technology. With UVO eServices, the Forte is equipped with 911 Connect service including crash notification. This feature activates when the car's air bags deploy, automatically summoning emergency personnel to the scene of the accident.

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  • Name EX (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 19500.00 Engine 2.0 L/122 City/Hwy MPG 24/36
  • Name LX (4dr Sdn Man) Transmission Manual w/OD MSRP 15900.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 25/37
  • Name LX (4dr Sdn Auto) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 17500.00 Engine 1.8 L/110 City/Hwy MPG 25/36
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat
  • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
  • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • 5 Person Seating Capacity
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Trunk/Hatch and Mechanical Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Manual Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Illuminated Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Simulated Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel Insert and Chrome Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Vinyl Door Trim Insert
  • Leather Gear Shift Knob
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
  • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
  • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Refrigerated/Cooled Box Located In The Glovebox, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Seats w/Cloth Back Material
  • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
  • Sliding Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest
  • 1 Seatback Storage Pocket
  • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Remote Entry w/Illuminated Entry
  • Interior Trim -inc: Chrome Interior Accents
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
  • Power Door Locks
  • Front Center Armrest
  • Wheels: 6.5J x 16" Alloy
  • Tires: P205/55R16 -inc: low rolling resistance
  • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Chrome Side Windows Trim
  • Chrome Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Power Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Wheels: 6.0J x 15" Steel w/Full Covers
  • Tires: P195/65R15 -inc: low rolling resistance
  • Black Side Windows Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
  • Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Engine: 2.0L I4 DOHC D-CVVT
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic -inc: active eco system and sportmatic
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 3.06 Axle Ratio
  • 68-Amp/Hr 600CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 90 Amp Alternator
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Engine: 1.8L I4 DOHC D-CVVT
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
  • 4.33 Axle Ratio
  • Electric Power-Assist Steering
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic -inc: active eco system and sportmatic, 3.065 Axle Ratio
  • 3.065 Axle Ratio
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Rear Camera
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio Unit -inc: SIRIUS satellite radio, USB/auxiliary input jacks, 4 speakers w/tweeter speakers and Bluetooth wireless technology w/steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Voice Activation and Internal Memory
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio Unit -inc: SIRIUS satellite radio, USB/auxiliary input jacks, 4 speakers and Bluetooth wireless technology w/steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Speed Compensated Volume Control

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