2017 Kia Forte Release Date, Specs and Info

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

2017 Kia Forte leather seads and steering wheel

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.

2017 Kia Forte interior, gear shift knob,lcd screen and dashboard

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.

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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.

2017 Kia Forte engine

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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2017 Kia Cadenza Release Date, Specs and Info

The new Kia Cadenza for 2017 has everything anyone shopping in the modern full-size sedan could ever need. Some of the defining technologies and features available for the 2017 model include a generous warranty coverage and standard features, a strong V6, easy-to-use electronics interface, and an upscale interior. Its release date should be expected sometime during the second quarter of this year.

A first for the 2017 Cadenza include an affordable base trim, and a plethora of technology tidbits for the Premium trim.

2017 Kia Cadenza blue color, headlights

Nowadays, people who are shopping for a large sedan are looking for pretty much everything in life. We demand a level of quality that would otherwise have been the preserve of the well-known brands like Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.
For the 2017 Kia Cadenza, however, this expectations have been provided in surplus so to speak.

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For instance, the base trim comes with a rock-bottom price whilst still offering upscale features and soft-touch materials. For that price, you get an industry-leading warranty, plenty of high-tech safety features, a strong V6 engine, an easy-to-operate infotainment system, and a quiet and pleasant cabin.

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Drawbacks are few and include a missing all-wheel-drive system, no fuel-efficient engine, and no additional cargo space as the seats do not fold back. Despite the freshening features provided for the 2017 Cadenza, there are still other alternatives in the segment that offer better and more sophisticated features. Some of them include the 2017 VW Passat, 2017 Chevrolet Impala, the 2017 Chrysler 300, the 2017 Hyundai Azera, and the 2017 Toyota Avalon.

Available Trims – Kia Cadenza

The large 2017 Kia Cadenza sedan is offered in three trims: Cadenza, Premium, and Limited trim.

2017 Kia Cadenza Exterior Spy Shots & Interior Review

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Standard features available in the base 2017 Kia Cadenza brochure include an auto-diming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, 18” wheels, climate control (dual-zone), wood interior trim, a universal garage door opener, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, heated front seats, foglights, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, a 10-way power adjustable driver seat, cruise control, auto-leveling headlights, full power accessories, and keyless entry and ignition.

2017 Kia Cadenza interior, steering wheel and leather seats

Electronic features available include a navigation system, auxiliary/USB audio input, satellite radio, an eight-speaker sound system, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, an 8” touchscreen interface, Kia’s Uvo voice command system, and a CD player.

2017 Kia Cadenza lcd screen, gear shift knob and dashboard

Springing for the Premium trim gets you wood trim and paddle shifters on the shift knob and steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, power-folding mirrors, automatic wipers, rear parking sensors, and puddle lamps.

The Premium trim adds a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, adaptive HID headlights, driver seat memory functions, a power rear sunshade, rear cross traffic alert, a blind-spot monitor, upgraded leather upholstery, extendable seat cushion, heated outboard rear seats, ventilated front seats, a 7” cluster gauge display, a first aid kit, and a power rear sunshade. The optional Technology package adds an electronic parking brake, 19” wheels, a lane-departure warning system, and adaptive cruise control.

2017 Kia Cadenza headlights and alloy wheels

The top-of-the-range Limited trim adds a USB charge port, LED foglights, a surround-view camera, chrome trim accents, a unique grille, and LED interior lighting.

2017 Kia Cadenza Engine Specs

Generating 293 hp and 255 pounds of torque is a 3.3L V6 engine that comes equipped under the hood of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. Both the front wheel drive and the six-speed automatic with a manual shift control are standard.

During our 2016 Kia Cadenza test drive, it was able to sprint from naught to 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds.

2017 Kia Cadenza engine

As for the EPA fuel economy ratings, the 2017 Cadenza returns 19/28/22 mpg in the city/highway/combined. We were able to confirm these figures from our long-term Cadenza test which yielded 21.9 mpg in combined mode.

Standard safety features available for the vehicle include rear parking sensors, rear and front side airbags, stability and traction control, antilock disc brakes, a blind-spot monitoring, surround-view camera, rear-cross traffic alert, and hill-hold assist.

Release Date & Price – 2017 Kia Cadenza

The changes in the new 2017 Kia Cadenza will cost you an MSRP starting from $32,990. As for the release date, expect the sedan sometime during the 2nd Q of 2016. Once you purchase one for yourself, you also get to get an owner’s manual.

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2017 Kia Sportage – Release Date, News and Rumors

Sporting an eye-catching styling, generous warranty, a sporty handling, good value, and a powerful turbo engine are some of the features that contribute to the fun-to-drive nature of the 2017 Kia Sportage. Its date of release should be expected towards the end of 2017.

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, white color

Every now and then Kia imbues its vehicles with some sporty vibe, and that’s what the new Sportage capitalizes upon. Throughout the production of the current generation of Sportage models, Kia has managed to guarantee its would-be users of a strong performance and nimble handling.

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With a whopping 260 horsepower and about 269 lbs. ft. of torque available for the Sportage SX model and an affordable window sticker than most of its competitors, the new 2017 Kia Sportage will undoubtedly endear to many shopping in this segment.

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However, not everything in the Sportage is likable. For instance, the vehicle shorts fall in terms of fuel economy, a rather firm ride, and a cramped backseat. If you find the downsides unforgivable, you probably should check some of the alternatives out there. They include the newly updated 2016 Hyundai Tucson, the sporty 2017 Mazda CX-5 and 2017 Ford Escape. And if utility is your thing, you’ll find both the 2017 Toyota RAV4 and 2017 CR-V appealing.

2017 Kia Sportage exterior, alloy wheels

Trims Available – Kia Sportage

The five-passenger 2017 Kia Sportage will be offered in LX, EX, and SX trims.

Interior Picture Review & Exterior Photos – 2017 Kia Sportage

2017 Kia Sportage dashboard, steering wheel and gear shift knob

Standard accessories available for the LX include cruise control, a USB port, full power accessories, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, 17-inch alloy wheels, an auxiliary audio jack, a CD player, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seats, cloth upholstery, air-conditioning, satellite and HD radio, a height-adjustable driver seat, a six-speaker sound system, rear privacy glass, and adaptive LED headlights.

2017 Kia Sportage leather seats and steering wheel

Optional items include a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, a trip computer, a rear center armrest, a rearview camera, a rear spoiler, illuminated vanity mirrors, and roof rails.

2017 Kia Sportage front view, grille and headlights

Stepping up to the EX trim gets you heated front seats, Kia’s Uvo telematics system, a leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, 18-inch alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-way power driver seat, chrome exterior trim, automatic climate control (dual-zone), and adjustable lumbar support.

The EX Premium trim adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a cooled glovebox, a panoramic sunroof, heated power-folding mirrors, foglights, HD and satellite radio, a 7-inch touchscreen interface, ventilated front seats, voice controls, upgraded Infiniti sound system, and a navigation system.

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The sport-themed SX trim further gets a panoramic sunroof, a turbocharged engine, different 18-inch wheels, LED taillights, unique front grille, aluminum scuff plates, LED daytime running lights, and dual-exhaust outlets.

Interior wise, you will notice that the Sportage offers top-notch materials and a handsome styling that ensures passengers are comfortable even during long trips. The knobs, buttons, and gauges are thoughtfully laid out and intuitive. The 7-inch touchscreen interface, for instance, makes the navigation system easily accessible.

2017 Kia Sportage rear view, taillights and tailpipe

The only downside here in terms of aesthetic appeal is the use of extensive plastics throughout the cabin, but this is conspicuously offset by the well-placed padding that is well accented and textured.

Similar to most models in this segment, the front seats of the Sportage offer impressive support and comfort, however, you get a different story with the backseats.

2017 Kia Sportage interior, backseats

The Kia Sportage pictures you see here were taken from the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, and more will be available once Kia makes more information public.

2017 Kia Sportage Engine Specs

The LX and EX models are inspired by a 2.4L engine under their hoods. This four cylinder powerplant generates 182 horsepower and 177 lbs. ft. of torque which is then transferred to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission system.

2017 Kia Sportage engine

The SX, on the other hand, gets a more powerful turbocharged engine that has a displacement of 2.0L. The output – 260 horsepower and 269 lbs. ft. of torque produced gets routed to either the FWD or the AWD via the same six-speed auto.

It only takes the front-wheel drive SX model 6.5 seconds for a 0-60 mph acceleration, and 7.3 seconds for the all-wheel drive version.

2017 Kia Sportage Price & Release Date

2017 Kia Sportage release date

The new 2017 Kia Sportage will probably hit showrooms towards the end of 2017. As for its price, expect the SUV to cost you an MSRP beginning from $22,150.

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