2010 Kia Forte
Prefer to downsize to save gas? Well, why not this-all new compact, the 2010 Kia Forte. Replacing the aging Spectra, the Forte will be available as both a Sedan, and as a Koup, spelled with a “K.” Out first, the Forte Sedan shows a more upscale styling direction for Kia cars. Surrounding its four doors are crisp lines, swept-back headlamps, and a clam shell hood.
Standard power to the front-wheels comes from a revamped 2.0-liter-4 rated at 156-horsepower. Optional is a 2.4-liter in-line four with 173 horsepower. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available. Preliminary Government Fuel Economy Ratings are a strong 27 City/36 Highway for the Forte’s 2.4 manual.
The Forte’s well appointed cabin is slightly larger than the Spectra, boasting 96.8 cubic feet of class-leading passenger space and an impressive 14.7 cubic feet of cargo room. The dash design is similar to the Kia Soul with overlapping gauges and a pronounced center stack. Standard uplevel amenities include 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, tilt steering, an audio system with satellite Radio and aux input. The Forte Sedan goes on sale this month, starting around $14,000. The Forte Koup follows in the fall.
2.4-liter in-line 4173 horsepower
Starting around $14,000