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2013 Kia Forte

Published July 12, 2012

Kia is like the little car company that could. Coming out of Korea they originally offered some pretty mundane and boring little cars. What Kia had to offer was their cars were cheap and economy oriented. They also were not pleasant to drive and felt as if they were going to fall apart within a few years. Kia battled the reputation of being cars made on the cheap and bought by those on a super tight budget. But as with any upstart automaker trying to make a name for themselves they started out humble and small and are now gaining significant foothold in the North America Market. Kia’s latest models are looking sharp, have a much more confidant feel and are certainly holding better together.

Kia’s Forte model certainly turned some heads and should be a front runner for anyone looking at an economical sporty vehicle of good value. It did receive Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety back in 2010 and 2011. It was recently bumped out of that top honor by the Nissan Versa. But it’s still a very decent vehicle for the dollar value. The Forte comes in the EX and sporty SX trim levels and a base LX sedan. The LX is equipped with air conditioning, tilt steering wheel, split-folding rear seat backs, and a Bluetooth wireless cell-phone capability. Only the EX and the SX have items such as power windows, locks, mirrors, cruise control, keyless entry, and a telescopic steering wheel. And a sport suspension is reserved for the SX model. Additionally a power sunroof is optional on the EX and SX and the SX offers optional leather upholstery and heated front seats but only if you’ve already coughed up the cash for the sunroof. The 2013 Kia Forte provides a possible Technology Package including a navigation system, rear view camera, automatic climate control, and keyless access and engine start and remote engine start.

Kia Forte offers two 4-cylinder engine options. LX and EX have a 156-horsepower 2.0 liter motor while the sportier SX has a 173hp 2.4-liter. The LX, EX Koup, and SX Koup are equipped with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. Or you can option on to a 6-speed automatic. And all 2013 Kia Forte models are front-wheel drive.

The revised Forte is far more sophisticated and sporty. Especially the coupe version. And if a person has set their sights on the Forte they would be wise to hold out just a little bit longer. Because the leaked renderings of Kia’s 2013 Forte has revealed a car that is being taken up several notches. Stylized in a far more mature and aggressive manner it’s a design that commands attention and will fully appeal to the individual who wants an economical car that understands it doesn’t have to look like your grandmother’s conservative grocery runner just because its not some high performance automobile. Speaking of which, there’s no reports yet on any higher performance packages but logic dictates that Kia would be wise to beef up the coupe version of Forte to make it that much more tempting.

 

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Calvin Escobar
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