With a lot of value, a sharp design, and a broad appeal, the new 2017 Kia Forte is a great choice for a small sedan, coupe or hatchback. Some of its pros include a lengthy warranty coverage, many standard features, spacious interior for both the sedan and coupe, and strong engines on both the SX and EX trims. Its release date should be expected during the 2nd Q of 2016.
For 2017, the Forte comes with subtle revisions for its exterior and interior surfaces. Also, the base LX is now offered on the hatchback and sedan body styles.
With three iterations available, the Forte offers quality interior materials, a fair price, and a peppy acceleration. You will find the Forte irresistible regardless of the body style you choose.
The level of equipment is generous even for the base model. Some of these features include a ventilated driver seat, a selectable steering assist, heated rear seat, keyless entry and ignition, xenon headlights, and Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
The 2017 Kia Forte comes in three different engines which offer competitive acceleration and power.
Taking the Forte to the top of its segment is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine which offers top performance and acceleration. Also available is a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that comes equipped on the performance-themed SX hatchback and coupe body styles.
Nonetheless, the segment also offers a surfeit of other vehicles. Some of them include the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, 2017 Honda Civic, the 2017 Volkswagen Golf and the 2017 Mazda 3. However, the 2017 Forte remains a credible choice for anyone shopping for an affordable hatchback, coupe, or sedan configurations.
Available Trims – Kia Forte
The Kia Forte for 2017 is offered in only two trims: base LX and EX trims. The Kia Forte four-door hatchback is available in LX, EX, and SX trims, while the two-door coupe (Koup) is offered in SX and EX trims.
2017 Kia Forte Exterior Changes & Interior Review
Standard features available for the LX sedan include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, air-conditioning, 15” steel wheels, satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, a trip computer, full power accessories, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, heated mirrors, a four-speaker sound system, a height-adjustable driver seat, and a USB port.
Picking the LX includes a rearview camera, 16” alloy wheels, a 4.3” touchscreen display, upgraded interior upholstery, cruise control, automatic headlights, and a six-speaker sound system.
Springing for the EX gets you adjustable steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a cooling glovebox, power-folding exterior mirrors, a more agile 2.0L engine, foglights, 17” alloy wheels, and LED running lights. The optional Premium package adds a navigation system, leather upholstery, a sunroof, heated front seats, Kia’s Uvo eServices telematics, a 7” touchscreen display, an auto-dimming rearview camera, and keyless entry and ignition.
Additionally, you can add driver memory settings, heated outboard rear seats, an upgraded gauge cluster, a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power ventilated driver seat, automatic climate control (dual-zone), and LED taillights.
The top-of-the-range SX trim comes equipped with 18” wheels, a turbocharged engine, and unique rear and front styling. The SX and EX’s Premium Tech packages essentially provide the optional features found in both the Premium Plus and Premium packages.
2017 Kia Forte Engine Specs
A 1.8L four-cylinder engine rated at 145 hp and 130 pounds of torque comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Kia Forte LX trim. The six-speed auto transmission system sends power to the front wheels.
The EPA fuel-economy ratings for the automatic-equipped version stands at 26/39/31 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 25/37/30 mpg for the LX with a manual.
A 2.0L four-cylinder engine equipped on the 2.0L engine generates 154 pounds of torque and 173 horsepower. The EX sedans returns 24/35/28 mpg.
Lastly, the 2017 Kia Forte SX versions of the Forte 5 and Forte Koup comes equipped with a 1.6L four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 201 horsepower and 195 pounds of torque.
During Edmunds test drive, the 2016 Kia Forte sprinted from 0-60 mph in just 8.1 seconds, and 7.0 seconds for the Forte SX Koup trim.
Price & Release Date – 2017 Kia Forte
The Forte Hatchback costs an MSRP starting from $19,400, and $15,990 for the Forte Sedan. We should look to a possible release date during this year’s second quarter if the latest news are anything to go by.
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