2014 Kia Forte sedan priced from $15,900 in the US

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 11, 2013

Pricing information for Kia’s 2014 U.S.-spec Forte sedan has been announced. It has a starting price of 15,900 USD (excluding the 800 USD destination charge). The entry-level LX variant is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder MPI engine with an output of 148 hp (110 kW) and 177 Nm (131 lb-ft). It is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox or the buyer can ask for the optional 6-speed auto (priced from 17,400 USD).

With a price tag of 19,400 USD, the EX trim is offered with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder GDI that delivered 173 hp (129 kW) and 208 Nm (154 lb-ft) linked to an automatic transmission. Its standard equipment includes Bluetooth, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, air conditioning, power windows and heated power-folding mirrors.

The automatic LX version can ordered with the Popular Package which features sliding front armrest, remote trunk release, keyless entry, cruise control and 16-inch alloys. The EX model comes with the remote keyless entry with trunk opener, sliding center armrest, Rear Camera Display, cooling glove box and eServices for the UVO infotainment system. Kia offers the FlexSteer as an option. It features three steering modes -- Comfort, Normal and Sport. The Premium Package consists of the 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front/rear seats, power sunroof, leather seat trim, push button start, a set of 17-inch wheels and heated steering wheel.

If you’re more into gadgets, check out the Technology Package that’s comprised of the 4.2-inch color LCD cluster, LED taillights, HID headlights and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear center ventilation. Tom Loveless, executive vice president of sales, KMA, said that the all-new Forte provides a world-class design with a lot of refinement and numerous amenities, all offered at an excellent value. He said that the Forte is expected to get plenty of attention in the compact segment due to its sleek and sporty profile, two new powertrains and cockpit that has a new design and is centered on the driver.

Exterior Design

The athletic sedan design of the all-new Kia Forte – featuring broad shoulders, imposing stance and a sporty windshield rake – traces its roots to Irvine, California, where Kia's American Design Center is based. Featuring design influences from European sport sedans, the new Kia Forte features sweeping headlight lenses cutting deeply into the front fenders while incorporating projector headlamps.

These lamps are accentuated by “eyebrows” created by the Forte’s LED positioning lights. The car’s lower flanks feature a subtle sculpting that tapered its sheet metal inward, giving the Forte nimble yet solid looks that do not compromise its presence on the road. Its rear end, meanwhile, features an up-kicked fender line-and-trunk design as well as deep horizontal crease, which helps accentuate the car’s width while allowing its taillight curves to flow over the rear haunches.

Meanwhile, the curvy theme of the Kia Forte’s exterior is continued inside with the instrument panel laden with gentle ripples, thereby conveying the serene nature of the cabin. Canted 10 degrees, the Forte’s cabin is designed to focus on the driver.

Throughout the interior, occupants could find soft touch points and high-quality materials and. Kia endowed the Forte with large, easy-to-read instruments as well as easy-to-reach secondary controls. The South Korean carmaker is offering an optional 4.2-inch color LCD monitor mounted on white-on-black gauges in the EX -- displaying ancillary vehicle and as well as information to the driver.

Meanwhile, the car’s HVAC rotary knobs as well as its optional push-start button feature bezels in chrome. The latest version of the Forte also features additional chrome accents, power windows, mirrors and door locks as well as standard Bluetooth hands free phone integration. These elements are offered as options for the new Kia Forte: power sunroof, leather seating trim, HID head lights and dual-zone automatic climate control with rear seat vents.

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