17 Kia Forte Models

Kia seems to capitalize on its best-selling vehicles and the brand tends to make a couple different variations of one model. For instance, the original Kia Optima was followed by two new model options, the PHEV and a Hybrid. Shortly after the Kia Soul was released, Kia added an electric version of the Soul to the lineup as well, and finally, the Kia Rio is available in two models, a sedan and a hatchback. Kia did the same thing with the Kia Forte, and in 2017, the Kia Forte has three different variations - a 5-door hatchback, a coupe, and the original sedan. Aside from the exterior and some aesthetics, a lot of the features stay the same.

Engine

Although three different variations, a sedan (3 trims), a hatchback (3 trims), and the coupe (2 trims), all Kia Forte models run on a 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) and gasoline direct injection as its fuel delivery system. That is one complex engine; and horsepower ranges from 147-173 between the three Forte variations. The engine itself is built for optimal performance.

First off, it has a double overhead camshaft (DOHC) that separates the intake and exhaust cylinders to take tension off the engine and allow for better performance. In conjunction with that, another process that affects the engine’s cylinders is CVVT, technology that adjusts the valve timing event of each cylinder's intake and exhaust of fuel and air for all engine speeds and conditions. Then there’s the fuel delivery system, GDI, that injects pressurized fuel directly into an engine’s combustion chamber via the fuel line. All of that together makes for a great engine to have under the hood.

Transmission and Fuel Economy

All 2017 Kia Forte models are equipped with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Kia Forte (sedan) comes standard with the manual transmission, with the option to switch to an electronic 6-speed automatic sportmatic transmission (standard on the Forte S and EX trims).

The Kia Forte5 (hatchback) comes standard with 6-speed automatic transmission, but the Forte SX is locked into 6-speed manual, unless the driver opts in for a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Kia Forte engineLastly, the Kia Forte Koup (coupe) comes standard with the electronic 6-speed automatic sportmatic transmission with overdrive on the EX, whereas the SX has the option to upgrade from 6-speed manual to 6-speed automatic. Keep in mind, Sportmatic automatic transmission allows for drivers to manually switch gears, so those that prefer manual gear shifting need not feel like they’re missing out.

Between each model and the transmission they have, their fuel economy may differ.

Transmission

Kia Forte EPA

Kia Forte5 EPA

Kia Forte Koup EPA

6-speed manual

LX; 25/34 mpg

SX; 23/29 mpg

SX; 22/29 mpg

6-speed Auto with Sportmatic

S; 29/38 mpg

EX; 25/33 mpg

LX and EX; 25/34 mpg

EX; 25/34 mpg

SX; 22/30 mpg

7-speed Dual Clutch

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SX; 25/30 mpg

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Exterior Features

The features for the exterior and interior of the three Kia Forte models isn’t as confusing as the transmission and fuel economy. To make it simple though, we’re continuing with the table method.

 

Feature

Kia Forte Sedan

Kia Forte5 Hatchback

Kia Forte Koup (Coupe)

Heated Exterior Mirrors

Yes, with LED turn signals available

Yes, with LED turn signals available

Yes, with LED turn signals standard

Power Sunroof

Available

Available

Available

Solar Control Glass

Standard

Standard

Standard

Smart Trunk

Yes

No

No

Auto Headlights

Standard on S and EX

Standard on EX and SX

Standard

LED Lights

Positioning and rear combination available on S and EX

Positioning and rear combination standard on EX and SX

Positioning and rear combination available on EX and SX

Wheels

15-, 16-, or 17-inch

15-, 16-, 17-, or 18-inch

16- or 18-inch

Interior Features

Feature

Kia Forte Sedan

Kia Forte5 Hatchback

Kia Forte Koup (Coupe)

Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

Standard on S and EX

Standard on S and EX

Standard

Active Eco System

Standard on S and EX

No

Std on EX, Opt on SX

Keyless Entry

Standard, Push start on EX

Standard, Push start on EX and SX

Standard, Push start on SX

Air Conditioning

Dual-zone Auto on EX

Dual-zone Auto opt on EX and SX

Optional Dual-zone on EX and SX

Auto-Dimming Rearview

Optional on EX

Optional on SX

Optional

Hidden Storage

No

Yes

No

Seating Trim

Cloth on LX and S, Leather on EX

Cloth on LX, Leather on EX and SX

Cloth, LX option for Leather

Heated

Standard on EX

Standard on EX and SX

Optional

Ventilated

Optional on EX

Optional on EX and SX

Optional

60/40 Rear split-fold

Standard

Standard

Standard

Leather Wrapped

Steering wheel and Shift knob on EX and SX

Steering wheel and Shift knob on EX and SX

Standard

Drive Mode Select

Standard on S and SX

Standard on EX and SX

No

Entertainment

 
The 2017 Kia Forte comes standard with a 4-speaker stereo, with the option of adding tweeter speakers, a rear-camera display, and a 4.3-inch touchscreen. These options come standard on the Forte S and EX trims, but with a 7-inch touchscreen and UVO Kia Forte entertainment featureseServices with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. They may upgrade to include voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio. Bluetooth wireless hands-free technology is standard across all trims.
 
The 2017 Kia Forte5 hatchback comes standard with a 6-speaker stereo, with the option to upgrade to UVO eServices on a 7-inch touchscreen with SiriusXM + Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Buyers of the Forte5 EX and SX trims can upgrade their vehicle by adding voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio. These trims also come with a rear-camera display standard (optional on Forte5 LX). Bluetooth wireless hands-free technology is standard across all trims.The 2017 Kia Forte Koup comes standard with a 6-speaker stereo, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, and a rear camera display.
 
The Forte Koup SX comes standard with UVO eServices. The Forte Koup EX may upgrade to get UVO eServices, and both have the option to upgrade to a 7-inch touchscreen with voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD Radio. Bluetooth wireless hands-free technology is standard across all trims.
 

Safety Features, Price, and Warranty

 
All three Kia Forte models have the following safety features: dual stage advanced front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front seatbelt pre tensioners, 3-point seat belts for all seating positions, an anti-lock braking system, vehicle stability and traction control systems, electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, hill start assist control, side-impact door beams and front and rear crumple zones, an impact-absorbing steering column, LATCH anchor systems for child seats, and rear child-safety door locks. The sedan and coupe come with internal emergency trunk release.
 
Buyers of the Forte S and EX trims may also opt in for blind-spot detection with lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning system, a lane keep assist system, forward collision warning system, and autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
 
The Kia Forte5 EX and SX trims can be upgraded with blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert.
 
All Kia models are backed by an industry leading warranties, which include a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.
 
The 2017 Kia Forte LX starting MSRP is $16,600; 2017Kia Forte5 has a starting MSRP of $18,200; 2017 Kia Forte Koup has a starting MSRP of $19,890.
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