Update: 2014 Kia Forte Expanded Review
Yesterday at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Kia Motors of America released its 2014 Forte hatchback – I mean, 2014 Forte 5-door.
“We received very positive feedback after the all-new Forte sedan made its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president of marketing & communications, KMA. “We expect the all-new Forte 5-door will build upon that success.”
The 2014 Kia Forte 5-door comes in two trim levels, the base EX and the upper level SX, both of which come with individual engine choices. The starter EX comes standard with a 2.0-liter GDI engine, pushing 173 hp and 154 lb.-ft. of torque out of its four cylinders. The SX boasts a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged engine that churns out 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. This makes the Forte 5-door SX the most powerful Forte thus far. Both engines are also tough under pressure, running 300 hours at redline and then 20 hours at 10 percent above redline.
The Forte 5-door also possesses another track-inspired performance feature – a sport-tuned suspension with a McPherson strut setup in front.
The EX comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices with rear camera display, Bluetooth wireless technology, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio3, leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated audio and cruise control buttons, FlexSteer, tilt and telescoping steering column, power windows, and LED positioning headlights with fog lights.
For those who want a little more from their 5-door, the performance inspired SX offers 18-inch alloy wheels, dual chrome exhaust tips, and LED tail lights. Forte 5-door SX also has sportier looks, offering an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings, black gloss grille inserts, larger front brakes, alloy sport pedals, front and rear seats with carbon fiber-style accents.
Can’t decide between the two? Well, Kia offers an abundance of optional features on both models, such as HID headlights, navigation system with HD Radio, sunroof, heated steering wheel, 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, heated front seats and cooled driver’s seat, heated rear outboard seats, leather seating surfaces, SmartKey with push-button start, electric chromatic rearview mirror and dual-zone automatic climate control.
“The combination of a useful hatchback for carrying cargo and the sportiness of the turbocharged SX trim make the all-new Forte 5-door a dual threat in the segment,” said Sprague.
Dual threat? It’s a bold claim coming from Kia, but a claim that may likely come true.