2017 Kia Forte
2017 Kia Forte
Posted on January 20, 2016
Another highlight of the Detroit Auto Show was the 2017 Kia Forte. With a new design, new technology and new engine, this new Kia gave us a lot to think about. While the Telluride concept may have stolen the headlines, the Forte is still more than worthy of a mention.
The 2017 Kia Forte comes as either a hatch (Forte5) or sedan. Both have been updated, with the hatch seeing the lion’s share of changes. The front end of both cars see a new front grille, new headlights and tidier lower sill. Other, smaller changes are not so apparent.
Also new for the Forte5 is a seven-speed dual clutch transmission that will connect the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine to the front wheels. The 1.8-litre engine in the current model has been changed in favour of a 2.0-litre four cylinder that offers more power. A six-speed manual or automatic transmission will be standard with this engine.
Other changes include the introduction of Android Auto to Kia UVO, with Apple CarPlay coming later. More safety tech is also making its way to the 2017 Kia Forte, with Dynamic Bending Light technology, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Front Collision Warning, Lane Change Warning, and Lane Keep Assist featuring highly.
2016 Kia Forte
The current Kia Forte is an excellent little car available as a hatch, sedan or coupe. It is a nice design that offers a sleek profile, long nose, steeply angled windshield, sloped roof and curvy rear end. It is a smooth looking car from whichever direction you view it.
There are three engine options, a 1.8-litre four cylinder that produces 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque, a 2.0-litre four cylinder capable of 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque and a 1.6-litre turbo four that delivers 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. All use a six-speed manual or automatic transmission to send power to the front wheels.
On the inside, the 2016 Kia Forte is more spacious than you might think. A well-considered cabin offers lots of passenger space and a commanding driving position. Quality materials add a premium feel while models with the UVO touchscreen are elevated even higher. Seats are comfortable, there is plenty of head and legroom and cargo space in back is pretty good too.
The 2016 Kia Forte is available in EX, LX and SX trims. Not all trims are available across all shapes. Standard features on the LX includes 15 inch wheels, air conditioning, power everything, CD audio, heated mirrors and adjustable driver’s seat.
Options across the levels include alloy wheels, automatic lighting, climate control, reversing camera, touchscreen, LED running lights, power-folding mirrors and keyless ignition and entry.
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