Kia Forte 

  • $20k
  • 2010
  • 156 HP 2.0L
  • 127 mph
With great looks, plenty of standard features, better (but not great) powertrains, and excellent fuel mileage, the Forte is a much more compelling option in the compact sedan segment than Kia has ever had.
by AutoBlog (Jun, 2009)
Bluetooth is standard on the Forte, and the steering wheel carries controls for operating the telephone, as well as the audio system and cruise control.
by AutoBlog (Oct, 2009)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Kia Forte

0-60mph

Forte
8.6 s
Civic Type-R
6.5 s
TS030
n.d.

Top speed

Forte
127 mph
Civic Type-R
145 mph
TS030
n.d.

0-100mph

Forte
23.6 s
Civic Type-R
15.9 s
TS030
n.d.

1/4 mile

Forte
16.6 s
Civic Type-R
14.9 s
TS030
n.d.

Data points Key details of the Kia Forte

Price

Forte
$20k
TS030
n.d.

Horsepower

Forte
156 HP
Civic Type-R
198 HP
TS030
n.d.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Powertrain

Surprisingly, the six-speed manual transmission didn't earn our affection either.
by AutoBlog (Jun, 2009)
Kia provided only SXes with the 173-horsepower, 168 pound-foot 2.4, in both six-speed manual and five-speed automatic iterations for the first drive.
by MotorTrend (Jul, 2009)
We've wished for better clutch-and-throttle coordination in manual-transmission cars, so the automatic is probably the best pick for all but those who really must shift for themselves.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)

Performance

The Forte’s roadholding and 70-to-0-mph braking numbers were much more respectable, at 0.85 g and 173 feet, respectively; its braking is among the best we’ve seen in the current batch of compacts.
by Car and Driver (Jul, 2009)
” The 2.0-liter’s performance essentially paces that of the uplevel SX trim’s 173-hp, 2.4-liter four, as well.
by Car and Driver (Dec, 2009)
The 2.4's 173 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque will slake the thirst of the power hungry, but it's overkill here, and the extra 400cc of displacement brings with it an increased appetite for fuel.
by AutoBlog (Oct, 2009)

Transmission

The LX and the EX are equipped with a 156-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission, with an optional four-speed automatic.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)
All LX cars have a six-speed manual transmission standard, while other trims get a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic as standard equipment.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)
Across the entire line, a six-speed manual gearbox is standard while a six-speed automatic transmission is available.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)

Handling

Suspension tuning is firm but absorbent, and the hydraulic power steering responds well.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)
Air conditioning remains optional on the base Forte LX, but all Forte trims get Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite Radio, and an auxiliary input jack for the audio system, plus steering wheel controls and voice activation.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)
There's also a lot to like about the way that the Forte is tuned—overall, a good compromise between ride quality and crisp body control.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)

Manual

The sportier SX had an even more satisfying amount of power, but the six-speed manual took some getting used to, due to its overly sensitive clutch takeup and vague shift action.
by AutomobileMag (Dec, 2012)
While the Forte is fitted with fairly standard hardware - an independent front with MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar, plus a torsion beam rear with struts and coil springs - it strikes a nice balance between comfort and sport feel.
by MotorTrend (Jun, 2009)
The 2013 Kia Forte includes more standard equipment than most rival models.
by The Car Connection (May, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand Kia
Price $20,000
Type of car Production car
Year 2010
City mileage 23 MPG
Highway mileage 31 MPG

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 18.97 lb/hp
Maximum hp 156 HP @ 6,200 RPM
Maximum torque 144 ft-lb @ 4,300 RPM

engine

Displacement 2,000 cc
Fuels Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 2,960 lb
Width 69.9 in
Height 57.5 in
Length 178.3 in
Wheelbase 104.3 in

road tests

Top speed 127 mph
1/4 mile 16.6 s
0-60mph 8.6 s
0-100mph 23.6 s

transmission

Drivetrain FWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 5 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Unknown
Rear brakes Unknown
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