2014 Kia Forte
The 2014 Forte was available as a sedan in LX (1.8L) and EX (2.0L) versions.
There are three four-cylinder engines: a 1.8-liter with 148 horsepower, a 2.0-liter with 173 hp and a turbocharged 1.6-liter offering 201 hp. Transmissions include either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Standard feature highlights include air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, an adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and USB/iPod/auxiliary inputs.
Options (depending on trim) include a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, leather upholstery, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.
2010-2013 Kia Forte Models
The first-generation Kia Forte was available from 2010-’13 as a four-door sedan or two-door coupe. The sedan was available in LX, EX and SX trims. The LX and EX came with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that made 156 hp. The SX came with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder good for 173 hp.
For the LX and EX, the initial transmission choices included a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic, while the SX offered a standard six-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic.
The base Forte came standard with air-conditioning, Bluetooth phone connection, satellite radio and a CD stereo with auxiliary/USB audio jacks. Upgrading to the EX model added alloy wheels, full power accessories, cruise control and, on 2012-’13 models a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The Forte coupe featured a firmer suspension and sport seats.
The EX sedan and hatch were available with that Fuel Economy package, which added low-rolling-resistance tires, aerodynamic enhancements and electric (rather than hydraulic) power steering. The sportier SX trim featured the larger engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, firmer suspension tuning (sedan) and various interior upgrades. The SX coupe further received suspension retuning. Leather upholstery, heated seats and a sunroof were optional on the SX.
The driving experience largely depends on which version and from which year Forte you’re in. We feel the first year (2010), while not to be avoided, isn’t the year to look for due to the somewhat dated automatic transmissions. As such, we’d suggest going with a 2011 or later Forte, which in addition to featuring six-speed transmissions across the board, also had better standard and optional equipment including navigation. Taller drivers should note that a telescoping steering column was available on SX models only in 2010 and ’11, then also on the EX in 2012 and ’13.