2010 Kia Forte

29 Nov 2009 | 1,040 views | No Comment
2010-kia-forte Price as Tested: $19,290.00 In the early 90’s, Kia began selling vehicles such as the Sephia and Sportage under its own nameplate.  Initial sales were not off the charts, but the company made headway with the two newly popular cars.  Struggling with reliability issues, Kia’s overall refinement and breakthrough design features couldn’t compete with Toyota, Nissan, and Honda. Enter 2010.  With gradual yet persistent improvements to quality, Kia has managed year after year to improve its image while offering dependable vehicles. Many theories abound regarding the turn-around.  One widely accepted opinion is Value.  With vastly improved reliability, public perception has been increasingly positive, resulting in high sales volume for the company. Kia Motors offers several exciting and affordable options; one vehicle in particular is the completely new Kia Forte, replacing the Spectra for 2010.  Prices for the new Forte start around $14,390 and top out close to $20,530.  The Forte is available in three models: LX, EX, and SX.   Additional options include sport-tuned suspension, fog lights, power sunroof, and dual-body remote power mirrors with turn signal indicator.  The base model Forte is equipped with a continuously variable valve timing (CVTT) 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder making 156 horsepower engine producing 144 ft. lbs. of torque.  A 2.4 liter engine producing 173 horsepower and 168 ft. lbs. of torque is also available.  The base engine returns an impressive 25 mpg city, 34 highway.  The larger engine returns 22 city, 32 highway.   The 0-60 times for the new Forte run in the seven second range.  Handling is predictable, but not necessarily sporty.  With a comfortable ride, the driver feels connected with the road.  The short wheel base helps make parking manageable.  Plentiful trunk space measures 12.6 cubic feet. The interior of the new Kia Forte is uncomplicated yet relaxed.  Easy-to-reach, well marked controls make up an attractive instrument cluster, back-lit with a red glow.  The sedan seats four comfortably, with enough leg room for two adults in the rear.  The seats provide ample support, especially the six-way adjustable driver seat with optional heated seats on the SX model.  One exceptional value for the new Forte is the I-Pod/USB connection, Satellite Radio, and Blue Tooth connection… all standard on every new Forte! This will surely attract hordes of young drivers.  As an added convenience, the ES and SX have steering wheel mounted controls for Bluetooth and Stereo.   Also available are 15’-, 16’- or 17’-inch tires with alloy wheels.  The exterior of the Forte has a youthful, aggressive stance.  Although the styling is assertive, it’s not so trendy that it alienates more conservative buyers. For safety, the Kia Forte is equipped with side-impact airbags for the front passengers, side curtain airbags, four wheel anti-lock disc brakes, active head restraints, and an electronic stability system.  Also included are traction control, electronic brake-force distribution and a tire pressure monitoring system—all come standard. The Kia Forte competes with the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, and Honda Civic.   With its list of standard and optional features, it should appeal to a range of ages.  With the increased reliability marks and visionary design, Kia will continue to grow—possibly outperforming the competition in the future.

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