new redesign of Â 2014 kia forteÂ Â is All of that added goodness and eye pleaser. Developed under the baton of Peter Schreyer, the former Audi designer who has revitalized Kia styling, kia make 2014 Kia Forte as handsome piece. 2014 Forte sedan comes in LX and EX flavors, although the previously available SX trim level is absent for now. A new five-door Forte soon will replace the outgoing hatchback. Kia has released pricing for the new Forte which starts at $16,700 and released EPA fuel-economy ratings for one of the Forte two available powertrains.
The sheetmetal on 2014 kia forte defining its revised dimensions is more sculpted along the sides, lending character to a profile that was previously pretty bland, and the overall shape is strongly reminiscent of aÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Honda Civic. Beyond that, the body shell, composed of 63-percent high-tensile steel, is 37 percent stiffer in torsional rigidity, says Kia, and up to 280 fewer pounds at the curb.
As you can imagine, the 2014 kia forte is available with lots of premium features that are no strangers to the compact class, including leather seating, navigation/infotainment, LED running lamps at the front and back, and even high-intensity discharge headlamps. A choice of 15-, 16- and 17-inch wheels are available (depending on trim only the base LX manual gets the 15s), and all in, the Forte is now a seriously more attractive (literally) proposition than it was in its last generation.
There’s a whole lot in store for the new 2014 kia Forte, including a choice of two four-cylinder gasoline engines: a 1.8-liter unit making 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque, and a larger, direct-injected 2.0-liter mill that cranks out 173 hp and 153 lb-ft. Six-speed transmissions are standard across the board, and a proper manual ‘box is available on the base LX trim with the 1.8-liter mill.
2014 kia forte Specifications
- VEHICLE TYPE:Ã‚Â front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
- BASE PRICE (C/DÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â EST):Ã‚Â Ã‚Â $16,000-18,000
- ENGINES:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â DOHC 16-valve 1.8-liter inline-4, 148 hp, 131 lb-ft; DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, 173 hp, 154 lb-ft
- TRANSMISSIONS:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
- Wheelbase:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 106.3 in
- Length:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 179.5 in
- Width:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 70.1 inÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â Height:Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 56.5 in
- Curb weight (C/DÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â est):Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â 2950 lb
- PERFORMANCE (C/DÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â est, 2.0-liter with 6-speed auto):
- Zero to 60 mph: 7.3 sec
- Standing Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¼-mile: 15.9 sec
- Top speed: 130 mph
- FUEL ECONOMY (C/DÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â EST):
- EPA city/highway driving: 25/34 mpg
2014 kia forte Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Kia Forte is currently available as a sedan in LX and EX trim levels. The four-door hatchback (available in EX and SX trims) and two-door coupe (“Koup”) will debut later in the model year.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Standard features on the LX sedan include 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio and USB/iPod/auxiliary input jacks.
Optional for the 2014 kia forte LX is the Popular package that includes 16-inch alloy wheels, mirror-mounted turn signal repeaters, keyless entry, upgraded interior trim, two additional audio speakers, cruise control, a sliding console armrest, a fold-down rear center armrest and dual lighted vanity mirrors.
Spring for the 2014 kia forte EX and you get all the above plus a more powerful engine, adjustable steering effort, foglights, LED running lights, chrome accents, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Kia’s Uvo voice-activated infotainment system, a rearview camera, a sliding console armrest and a fold-down rear center armrest.
Options for the new 2014 kia forte EX include 17-inch wheels and two option packages. The Premium package features a sunroof, keyless ignition/entry, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a ventilated eight-way power driver seat and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The Technology package includes xenon headlights, LED taillights, dual-zone air-conditioning with rear seat vents and a navigation system.
The 2014 kia forte type EX hatchback echoes the sedan, while the SX version includes those features but takes a sportier tack, with a turbocharged engine, 17-inch wheels, unique front and rear fascia styling, chrome exhaust tips and metal sport pedals. Option packages for the EX and SX hatchback essentially mirror those for the EX sedan.
2014 kia forte Powertrains and Performance
The 2014 kia forte LX is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder making 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. Power runs to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The EX gets a direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder generating 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque and the six-speed automatic.
The forthcoming Kia Forte coupe will be available with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Kia estimates that the LX sedan with the manual transmission will get 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. With the automatic, highway mpg drops just a bit to 36. The EX, with its bigger engine, should get 24/36.
2014 kia forte Safety
Every 2014 Kia Forte comes standard with antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
2014 kia forte Interior Design and Special Features
Far from being an economy car stuffed with gadgets, the new 2014 kia Forte boasts a handsome cabin trimmed in quality materials that, in the upper trim, would give premium compacts a run for their money. As far as the Forte’s high-tech features, they’re well-designed and easy to use. The touchscreen interface, with its large, logically positioned “buttons” is one of the best examples of this technology, regardless of segment.
2014 kia forte Seat comfort front and rear is very good thanks to thick, well-bolstered seats and, with this year’s growth spurt, plenty of room in back. Even adults taller than 6 feet should be comfortable seated in the rear. The Forte sedan is also very generous when it comes to cargo capacity, boasting a trunk capacity of 14.9 cubic feet.
2014 kia forte Driving Impressions
As there are three flavors of 2014 Kia Forte, we can only comment on the one we’ve driven so far, the EX sedan. With 173 hp, there’s more than enough poke on tap and the engine is usually smooth and quiet enough. The automatic provides seamless gearchanges and is surprisingly responsive for downshifts, a quality increasingly rare in an age where automatics are programmed for max fuel efficiency and thus reluctant to step down.
Driven through turns, the 2014 kia forte provides precise steering and fairly flat cornering when pushed. On upper trims, one may even adjust the steering effort via a three-mode (Comfort/Normal/Sport) button on the wheel. The first two are similar with a rather light effort, while Sport puts a little heft in the wheel. Most shoppers in this segment will likely enjoy the Forte’s competent driving dynamics, though enthusiasts may be better served by the Ford Focus.
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