2014 Kia Forte

At a Glance

Pricing $15,900 - $24,600
Drive Types FWD
Engines 1.8l I4, 2.0l I4
Transmissions A6, M6
Fuel Economy 24-25 (city), 36-37 (highway)

The Forte is Kia's latest line of compact cars. The FWD Forte is larger than the top-selling Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla and includes three body styles: a sedan, a five-door hatchback, and a coupe. Restyled for 2014, the Forte sedan offers a choice of LX and EX trim levels. The base LX model is powered by a 1.8l four-cylinder engine. Although the base model omits a couple of common features like cruise control and alloy wheels, it does have four-wheel disc brakes which is unusual on the entry-level model of many competitive offerings. The higher-trim level EX model includes more powerful 2.0l engine and additional features.

What Changed:

The Kia Forte is all-new for 2013. The new model wears sleeker styling on a body that is about an inch wider and longer than before. The wheelbase has grown by two inches. Two four-cylinder powertrains are offered both are paired with six-speed transmissions. The base LX model equips a 1.8l engine rated at 148-bhp, whereas EX models equip a 2.0l four-cylinder that makes the same 173-bhp as the prior model's 2.4l engine.

Model/Trim/Package Engine Original MSRP
Forte LX 1.8l I4 (148-bhp) M6 FWD $15,900
Forte LX 1.8l I4 (148-bhp) A6 FWD $17,400
Forte LX Popular 1.8l I4 (148-bhp) A6 FWD $18,300
Forte EX 2.0l I4 (173-bhp) A6 FWD $19,400
Forte EX Premium 2.0l I4 (173-bhp) A6 FWD $22,300
Forte EX Technology 2.0l I4 (173-bhp) A6 FWD $24,600