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.

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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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New 2017 Kia Sorento – Release Date and Info

If you are looking for an appealing alternative to five- and seven-passenger crossover SUVs that were previously a class before it, the bigger, more sophisticated and better to drive 2017 Kia Sorento is definitely a worthy look. Some of its strengths include excellent crash test scores, attractive and well-made cabin, user-friendly controls, ample value for the money, and a versatile second-row seat. Its release date should be expected sometime in the middle of 2017.

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See, the previous-generation Sorento could be viewed as a slightly bigger alternative to compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, with matching driving dynamics and interior quality. As the titular Malcom would attest, it can be tough being in the middle ground between midsize and compact SUVs.

2017 Kia Sorento rear view, taillights and alloy wheels

It has grown up both figuratively and literally to become a more of a smaller alternative to larger, more sophisticated family crossovers like the Toyota Highlander. For 2017, buyers should expect a mildly redesigned Sorento that carries on with its tradition, but its needle now swings a bit one side off-center to another.

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And given its five- and seven-passenger configurations, it’s akin to having a crossover like the 2017 Ford Edge while still undercutting them in terms of the window sticker. Cabin materials give up a little (if anything) to pricier alternatives, the styling is more attractive inside and out, and the feature content embodies the term “generous.” In overall, the changes for 2017 go beyond greater interior and cargo room. In fact, those increases are rather negligible compared to the increases in driving and interior refinement.

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Mechanical improvements include an improved steering, an upgraded suspension, and a strengthened structure, which together create a more refined driving, comfortable, and substantial experience.

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In conclusion, we are impressed by Kia’s efforts in trying to offer a strong, value-rich 2017 Kia Sorento. Other alternatives you could also check out before committing to the Sorento include the 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the 2017 Ford Edge, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, and the “A” rated 2017 Toyota Highlander.

Offered Trims – Kia Sorento

Five trim levels are offered for the 2017 Kia Sorento: L, LX, EX, SX, and SX Limited. They can be had by either five- or seven-passenger seating configurations depending on the engine specs.

Interior Changes & 2017 Kia Sorento Exterior Reviews

2017 Kia Sorento interior, leather seats, steering wheel

Standard accessories and features available on the Sorento 2.4L L model include Bluetooth audio and phone controls, three-mode drive settings, 17-inch alloy wheels, a stain-resistant fabric upholstery, a USB/iPod interface, a CD player, second-row 40/20/40-split seats, USB/iPod interface, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, LED running lights, and auxiliary audio jack.

2017 Kia Sorento exterior, front view, headlights and grille

The 2.4L LX steps up with two rapid-charge USB ports, Uvo eSerives, a sound-deafening windshield, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, an eight-way power driver seat, and a 4.3-inch touchscreen interface.

2017 Kia Sorento interior, steering wheel, lcd screen, gear shift knob

Opting for the EX gets you a hands-free liftgate, 18-inch wheels, automatic dual-zone climate control, a display screen speedometer, keyless ignition and entry, a leather upholstery, sound-deafening front side glass, second-row side sunshades, blind-spot monitor, power-folding mirrors, a panoramic sunroof, traffic reporting, a larger rearview mirror, a 10-speaker Infiniti sound system, a navigation system, an 8-inch touchscreen interface, and rear-cross traffic warning system.

2017 Kia Sorento trunk

The top-of-the-line SX adds driver memory settings, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, a fabric headliner, upgraded exterior trim, 19-inch wheels, and an upgraded steering. Its standalone features are unavailable as of this writing but we expect them to start trickling in as we edge closer to its release date.

2017 Kia Sorento rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

At the pinnacle is the SX Limited trim that in addition to the what the EX and SX offer, adds a second-row outboard heated seats, upgraded leather upholstery, chrome-clad 19” wheels, a multi-angle parking camera, lane-departure warning and mitigation, an electronic parking braking, ventilated front seats, and xenon headlights.

2017 Kia Sorento Engine Specs

2016 Sorento

A 2.4L four-cylinder engine rated at 185 hp and 178 lbs. ft. of torque is offered for the 2017 Kia Sorento L trim model. the EX and SX are offered with a 240 horsepower and 260 pounds-feet of torque – generating turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine.

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The rest are offered with a mandatory 3.3L V6 engine good for 290 hp and 252 pounds-feet of torque. EPA estimates the FWD SX Limited should be able to return 26/18/21 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and 23/17/19 mpg with the AWD system.

Price & 2017 Kia Sorento Release Date

2017 Kia Sorento Release date

Its release date should be expected at the middle of 2017, at least according to pundits’ reports. As for its price, it is expected to be around $25,100.

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All-new 2016 Sorento 3.3-liter V6 SXL

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