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2014 Kia Forte

conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
edited December 2013 in Kia
pictures emerging recently on the all new 2014 Forte sedan, which will be followed by the 5 dr and then a Koup.




  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    a nice shot of the new model (K3 in Korea)

  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    later this week at the LA Auto Show the new 2014 Forte will be officially announced
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    edited December 2012
    looks somewhat Ford Focus-like ta me, that it does. Especially at the C-pillar spot and to the rearward. That's a good thing, in my view, Kia fans.


    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682

    Also you may have seen the "Hot Bots" ad last night on the Super Bowl. OK ad, but didn't reveal much about the car (but the Sorento "where do babies come from?" ad didn't say much about the vehicle, either).

    Also some first drives are ekeing out: sedan-30267425/ ings-much-to-the-small-car-competition.html

    One of the biggest surprises to me is that the 148 hp engine from the Elantra will be used only on the Forte LX. The EX will get a 173 hp, 2.0 GDI mill. That will make the Forte EX one of the most powerful cars in its class.

    Also tons of optional features available on the Forte EX... but at what cost? At least those who want their compact all gussied up can get the Forte that way. But get much past $20k and I start wondering about other choices. The LX with convenience package will run about $18,500... or similar to a like-equipped Elantra.

    The looks are more mini-Optima than close to a Focus. The tail lamps are kinda like those of the Focus, but they're also like other Kia models and very similar in shape to those on the Sonata. So where did the Focus get ITS tail lamps? ;)

    I'll have to take a look at the Forte at the local auto show next month and take it for a drive when it hits the dealers. If it drives well I might toss it into the mix for my next car purchase later this year, but I'll more likely go the hatch route. Maybe the Forte5 replacement will be out by then. If not, there's always the Elantra GT, Mazda3i, Golf etc.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    available in 2 models:
    EX with the 173 hp 2.0L GDI engine
    SX with the 201 hp 1.6L turbo engine


  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Looks good, but close enough in size/shape to the Elantra GT I wonder if they share a chassis?

    Since the hatch won't be available in LX trim, I wonder if the Forte5 will be available for anywhere close to the price of the base Elantra GT? That car with the 6MT and very nicely equipped including heated seats is a little over $19k with discounts available. I don't need 173 hp, but if the price of the EX is close to that of the base Elantra GT it will be hard to resist.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    they share powertrains and built off similar platforms, but Kia is not trying to duplicate Hyundai and therefore is equipped quite differently. I can't see it being as cheap as the GT as the EX comes standard with automatic, it does have available heated seats for front and rear.
    The Forte 5 has a 2" longer wheelbase and 2 cu.ft. more interior volume with more rear legroom.
    You can check out all the specs at, prices will not be released till closer to the availability date which will be in the 3rd quarter.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Actually, the Forte5 does NOT share powertrains with the Elantra GT. The Elantra GT uses the 148 hp engine that's also in the Elantra sedan and coupe. But according to what you posted here, the Forte5 will be available with the 173 hp GDI and the 2.0L turbo and not the 148 hp engine. (Which makes me wonder if Hyundai will make the 2.0T available in the GT for 2014.)

    Since I really wanted a stick in my next car and the Elantra GT has a nice one, that could strike the Forte5 EX off my list... that and the bigger price tag, albeit the Forte5 might have more features. The greater rear legroom would be nice, but the Elantra GT has enough for my needs. And the GT has the front heated seats standard, even with cloth; I wouldn't be surprised if you have to get leather for the 4 heated seats on the Forte5.

    The Forte5 is great looking in the photos though... maybe Kia's best effort to date IMO.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    your right about the 5 dr vs the GT but the 1.8L is used in the Forte sedan as the base engine in the LX, so just referring to powertrains in general with the Elantra and Forte lines. The 1.6L turbo in the SX Forte 5-door is the engine that is used in the Veloster.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    dash and engine of the SX 5-door model


  • Looks like Hyundai/Kia got the message. The C&D First Drive Review says, "One element that does stand out, though, is how quiet this car is in operation. Interior noise was an issue with the outgoing car, but the engineering team has tamed that gremlin on the new model...the new Forte is among the quietest cars in its class".

    With only a modest weight increase over the Elantra, this car seems to deliver the sound of silence.

    Car and Driver
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Very impressive looking in the 5 door but still think the Elantra GT is the best looking in this segment followed closely by the Focus and I've got a feeling that the Hyundai will be a bit less expensive to buy. From what I've heard, Ford deleted the SEL hatch from the lineup...and that's the one I really liked last year. I saw one at the dealer very well optioned along with a power leather seat which blew me away in that seafoam color...a very striking looking vehicle! I was really blown away by it and decided then and there that the Focus hatch is more attractive than the sedan. Both of these seem to be in the rental fleets we service in large quantities so gotta feeling that the used car market will be flooded with them in the near future. I'd bet that after a car has about 25k on it, the company's dump 'em into the used market which can only bring the prices down on these puppies. Probably are a very good bargain for a shopper who has no problem driving an ex-rental. I know that I treat each car just like I do my personal vehicle but I'm betting most folk don't give a crap and really abuse them. I'm finding many of them really nasty inside before they're cleaned up so I can just imagine how they drive 'em...forget the break in period! But the rental companies do an excellent job of cleaning and maintaining these vehicles. Even the cars I've driven with mileage in the teens and twenty's drive straight and true with no excessive tire wear and perfect alignments. So if someone has no problem buying these used, a screaming deal can probably be had!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    not sure if this would apply in your case, but one of the major complaints on the Focus has been the rear legroom. Here is how they stack up:

    Focus - front 41.9", rear 33.2"
    Elantra GT - front 42", rear 34.6"
    new Forte 5-dr - front 42.2", rear 35.9"

    This also equates for passenger volume to:
    Focus - 90.7 cu. ft.
    Elantra GR - 96.1 cu. ft.
    new Forte 5-dr - 98.2 cu. ft.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    the 2014 Forte Koup will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show at the end of March.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    Forte sedan LX 1.8L MT - $15,900
    Forte sedan LX 1.8L AT - $17,400
    Forte sedan EX 2.0L AT - $19,400

    Delivery - $800

    17" alloys for EX - $300

    Popular Package for LX auto only - $900
    - 16" Alloy wheels
    - P205/55 R16 tires
    - Remote keyless entry with trunk opener
    - Cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls
    - Tweeter speakers
    - Knit and Tricot cloth seat trim
    - Sliding armrest (vs. non-sliding on center console)
    - Rear center armrest with cup holders
    - Soft touch front upper door panels
    - Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
    - Outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
    - Front passenger seat back map pocket
    - Illuminated ignition keylock cylinder
    - Map light
    - Sunglass holder

    Premium Package for EX and requires 17" alloys - $2,600

    - Power sunroof
    - Leather seat trim
    - 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with two memory presets
    - Ventilated driver's seat
    - Heated front seats
    - Heated rear seats bottom
    - Heated steering wheel
    - Auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink®
    - Push-button start with Smart Key
    - Illuminated outside door handle pockets
    - Puddle lamp (under outside mirrors)
    - Immobilizer

    Premium Package on EX, requires 17" alloys - $2,300
    - Navigation with HD Radio technology
    - Supervision meter cluster with 4.2" TFT color LCD display (inside the meter cluster)
    - HID headlights
    - Dual-zone automatic temperature control with center console rear vents
    - LED taillights
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    A lot of bang for the buck here...and the vehicle looks good also! Looks like Kia is going to have a winner here folks!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 573
    The LX with the Popular Package for $900 looks like a very good value. $17,600 + TTL if you stir your own gears. That's a nice price for a well-equipped, brand new 2014.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,682
    Alas, you can't get the Popular Package with a stick. :sick: So if you want a Forte with even basic (for today) stuff like remote locking, you need to get the slushbox.

    For the same money as the LX with Popular Package, I'll take the Elantra GT, no options, for about the same money any day... 6MT, heated seats, fogs, adjustable steering, and hatchback versatility. Same engine as the Forte LX.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,626
    Pulled up next to a new Elantra GT and the car is a looker, no doubt about it and much better looking than the Veloster. Hyundai/Kia seems to be on a roll lately making handsome vehicles that customers want to buy...a great position to be in. And the warranty helps as my wife who knows next to nothing about a car knows about the long warranty Hyundai/Kia products have so their advertising buck is definitely paying off big time. And their vehicles, besides looking really nice, are a blast to drive! They are "fun" vehicles with a little edge which is going over big time with the public. Personally, the new Civic looks a bit bland compared to the Korean offerings, kinda old looking and Honda played it a bit conservative in 2012 & 2013. And the Hyundai/Kia vehicles give that youthful impression that used to be exclusively Honda territory. The Forte looks so similar to the Ford Fusion to my a mini Fusion just as the new Sentra reminds me of a mini Altima. Similar to what Toyota has been doing for a few years.

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

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