2013 Kia Forte

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Pros:  Low prices; loads of standard features; variety of body styles to choose from.

Cons: Returns less mpg than its competitors; low rent materials and construction; choppy ride.

Overview
The Kia Forte has a lot to offer in terms of style and value thanks to its long list of standard features, spacious cabin and sporty feel . The Forte gets minor styling enhancements and additional features for 2013. Additional features include newly re-designed 16-inch alloy wheels, power folding mirrors and LED daytime running lamps. It also gets additional acoustic insulation and an upgraded leather steering wheel. Despite its lower mpg and low rent materials, the Forte is still a solid choice at a good price.

Body Styles, Trims & Options
The 2013 Kia Forte is offered in three body styles- a sedan, 5-door hatchback and a coupe, which Kia dubs the Koup.  The sedan is available in three trim levels (LX, EX and SX), while the hatchback and Koup are offered in the EX an SX trim levels only.

Standard equipment found on the entry level LX sedan includes 15-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, an EcoMinder® fuel efficiency monitor (automatics only), a 60/40 split-folding rear seat with armrest, Bluetooth®, steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls and a 4-speaker audio system with satellite radio and USB/auxiliary input jacks. Unfortunately there are no additional options or packages available for the LX.

The mid-level EX adds heated power folding mirrors, remote keyless entry, power windows and door locks, an outside temperature display and an upgraded audio system. Available packages include the Premium Package, ECO Package and EX Technology Package. The Premium Package adds a sunroof and 16-inch alloy wheels. The ECO Package adds electronic power steering, a smart alternator and low-rolling resistance tires to help improve your fuel economy. And last but not least, the EX Technology Package will add navigation, a rearview camera, push-button start with Smart Key, LED daytime running lights and fog lights.

The top-of-the-line SX tacks on a more powerful engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport tuned suspension, a chrome exhaust tip, fog lights, LED daytime running lights, paddle shifters, sport cloth seat trim, a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and metal pedals. Packages include a SX Technology Package and a SX Leather Package. The SX Technology Package adds navigation, a rear view camera, automatic climate control and push button start with Smart Key.  The SX Leather Package includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seating surfaces and heated front seats.

To learn more about the Kia Forte and everything that it has to offer, visit your Kia dealer today to speak with an experienced professional and schedule a test drive.

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Safety
Standard safety features includes six airbags, 4-wheel antilock brakes, traction and stability control and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Warranty Information
Kia has a lot of confidence in both the quality and endurance of its new vehicles, and it shows. They stand behind their new vehicles with an industry -leading warranty to help bring owners peace of mind. Every new Kia comes with an impressive 10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile Limited Basic Warranty, a 5-year/100,000-mile Limited Anti-Perforation Warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile 24-hour Roadside Assistance service.

MSRP

Trims MSRP
2013 Forte Sedan LX $15,400
2013 Forte Sedan EX $17,800
2013 Forte Sedan SX $19,300
2013 Forte 5-door EX $18,300
2013 Forte 5-door SX $19,800
2013 Forte Koup EX $17,400
2013 Forte Koup SX $18,800
Similar Vehicles MSRP
2013 Honda Civic Sedan $18,165
2013 Hyundai Elantra Sedan $16,995
2013 Mazda MAZDA3 5-door $20,000
2013 Ford Focus Hatch $19,200
2013 Honda Civic Coupe $17,965
2013 Scion TC $19,480

 Engines, Transmissions, & EPA Ratings

Trim

Engine

Drivetrain

Transmission

Fuel Economy (city/highway)

Sedan LX

2.0-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed Manual

25/34

Sedan LX & EX; 5-door EX

2.0-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed Sportmatic®

26/36

Sedan EX w/ ECO Pkg.

2.0-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed Sportmatic®

27/37

Sedan SX; 5-door SX

2.4-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed Sportmatic®

23/32

Koup EX

2.0-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed Manual

24/33

Koup EX

2.0-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed Sportmatic®

25/34

Koup SX

2.4-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed Manual

22/32

Koup SX

2.4-liter 4-cylinder

FWD

6-speed Sportmatic®

22/31

 

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