2014 Kia Forte LX

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The 2014 Kia Forte offers an impressive selection of engines, slick exterior design and spacious cabin, with enough special features to amaze even the most sceptical car buyer out there. Despite all that, the car has one major flaw – extremely poor security, which can be a huge deal-breaker for many safety-conscious individuals.

The 2014 Kia Forte is an affordable and efficient vehicle that comes with a whole new look and an impressive selection of engines. It also possesses a well-designed and spacious cabin with enough special features to lure any prospective car buyer into its firm embrace. If there is one issue with the new Kia, it would be its poor safety features – which under deliver to the point of being a real deal breaker. So, if you choose to ignore this car on account of its subpar safety features, we wouldn’t blame you – all we can do is tell you where this vehicle succeeds and where it fails. The 2014 Forte is available in three different forms – a sedan, a hatchback or the sporty Kia Forte Koup. Kia has given all the versions a significant upgrade in size, though their height is actually lower. Thanks to this redesign, the sedan variant is particularly slick-looking, being very reminiscent of the Hyundai Elantra – from its curved headlights to its “round” silhouette. You might also notice some similarities with the Honda Civic and Ford Focus, like the “smiling” grille and narrowing rear end. Overall, Kia’s exterior design borrows most of its features from other cars, so there isn’t much originality here, but that isn’t a bad thing since it’s still a very good-looking car. Inside, Kia Forte offers simplicity, elegance and space all in one impressive package. What you get here is a simple yet stylish dash that uses split console design to reduce the size of the centre stack. The controls consist of high-quality plastics with occasional touches of metallic trim. Everything is very user-friendly and easy to use, so you won’t have any trouble figuring out all the systems. In terms of size, you’ll find that there’s plenty of space for the majority of adults, both in front and back. Kia has even reshaped Forte’s doors to make getting in and out easier. That said, Forte could benefit from a bit more headspace due to a much lower roofline, and its cabin may be a little too tight for taller individuals. In the end, however, it does its job and complaining about much else would be nitpicking. Under the hood, the 2014 Forte offers a choice of two engines: a 1.8-litre four-cylinder and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder. The 1.8-litre engine pumps out 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.0-litre variant produces 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. In addition to these engines, Forte comes with a choice between a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission, though not all models allow you to choose between the two. For instance, the Forte EX only comes with a six-speed automatic, while the manual gearbox is only available on the low-end LX model. Both engines offer moderate acceleration and neither of them are particularly quick. That said, the new Kia Forte is not too far behind the much faster Ford Focus, so the slightly lower speed shouldn’t be a deal breaker. What might be a deal breaker is the car’s abominable attitude toward safety. Though it’s packed with safety features like a rearview camera and stability control, it wasn’t built to withstand severe car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rated it four stars overall and three stars for front impacts. Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given a problematic “poor” rating in the small overlap frontal test. Though these numbers may seem reasonable, don’t be fooled – many similar vehicles perform much better. As such, your decision to buy the 2014 Kia Forte will heavily depend on whether safety is your number-one concern or not. If you’re willing to overlook it, then you’ll find a fine exterior, a very decent selection of engines and a plethora of special features to enjoy – all for a very affordable price. However, if safety is what you want, then move on to the next car on your list.

The 2014 Kia Forte is a slick and curvaceous economy vehicle that looks delicious enough to compete with similar vehicles – though we’re sure it’s actually edible. It’s available in three different styles: a four-door sedan, a five-door hatchback and the sporty two-door Kia Forte Koup. You’ll notice that all the iterations of the car look quite a bit like the new Hyundai Elantra thanks to their curvaceous nature and low roofline. You might see some similarities to the new Honda Civic, though Forte’s sloping windshield is offset by a dip in the sill and by a short vertical trim piece near the back of the side glass, which frames the rear passenger. You will also find that the side window starts ahead of the side mirror, while the car’s backside is narrow enough to complement the taillights. Overall, Forte’s exterior is slick and sexy enough to compete with other vehicles in its class, but you won’t find too much originality here. And on the inside, the new Kia Forte looks just as good as on the outside, if not even better. Its design is simple yet elegant, and it delivers plenty of features that are on par with what’s found in similar cars.
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General Specs

Engine 1.8000 L
Horsepower @RPM148
Fuel TypeUnleaded
Body typeSedan
Number of Doors4
Passenger5
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission TypeManual
Power and Performance:The 2014 Kia Forte comes with two very solid engines, both of which offer just enough juice to stop you from looking at other similarly-priced vehicles. The engine that you’ll find in the base models is the 1.8-litre four-cylinder, which can generate 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. It can be paired either with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission, both of which complement the engine perfectly. The other engine is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder that can crank out 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque at 4700 rpm – which is very high. What’s great about this setup is that the car isn’t overly fast, but it’s not too slow either. Add to that extra support to the engine and mounting and you get a vehicle that can rev up to 6500 rpm. Unfortunately, not all higher end models come with a six-speed manual gearbox, such as the EX, so keep that in mind when selecting your trim. In terms of fuel economy, the new Kia Forte is doing quite well too, but it’s not doing as well as certain other compacts on the market. The EPA rating ranges from 8.0 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 5.3 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway to 8.4 litres per 100 kilometres in the city and 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres on the highway. If fuel efficiency is a concern of yours, then consider getting a Kia with an Eco Package to increase your gas mileage. The package adds Kia’s Idle Stop & Go system that powers off the engine when the car stops and restarts it when the driver removes his foot from the brake pedal.
Interiors and Special Features:Inside, the 2014 Kia Forte comes with the same level of quality as on the outside, offering a simple yet elegant design. The first thing you’ll notice is a slick dash with a compact centre stack that clearly enjoys the benefits from its split console design. The controls smoothly protrude from a dash surface, finished in high-quality plastics and a touch of metal. With the addition of an LCD screen, the dash looks even slicker – almost on the same level of quality as its higher priced cousin Optima. In terms of size, there’s a bit less room in the car than in the previous models due to a somewhat lower roofline. The new Kia Forte is 179.5 inches long and 56.5 inches high – which has resulted in less space for rear passengers. Tall passengers will notice that headroom is in short supply in the back, but they’ll enjoy the amount of legroom due to the car’s increased length. The driver and front passenger remain unaffected by the changes since the front seats have a good adjustment range and offer plenty of headroom. The sedan also comes with a very sizeable trunk that’s larger than the ones found in similar cars, except for the Honda Civic. And if you need even more space, you can fold down the back seats flat to get it. The notable special features include a 10-way power driver seat, heated seats, leather upholstery, a power sunroof, pushbutton start, an LCD readout and automatic climate control. Forte also comes with Kia’s new version of UVO, which can extract live information from the driver’s smartphone, access Google maps and stream audio data.
Safety features:When it comes to safety features, the 2014 Kia Forte is not at the top of the list, so if safety is the most important aspect of a car to you, then you should probably ignore this vehicle altogether. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given it a three-star rating for front impacts and four stars overall. Meanwhile, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has given it a “poor” rating in the small overlap frontal test and “good” ratings in other categories. Though these ratings may seem decent, don’t be fooled – because plenty of similar vehicles have scored higher. The safety features that you’ll find here include six airbags, stability control and the option of ordering a rearview camera. If that doesn’t sound like much to you, then you should be looking for a different car.

Audio

Roof antenna
4 speakers
Audio Connectivity: AUX jack and USB
Remote audio controls: steering wheel mounted
Audio system with AM/FM radio, satellite radio, CD player (reads MP3 format)
MP3 player

Body Exterior

Front and rear mud flaps

Brakes

Brake assist system
Electronic brake distribution
4 disc brakes (2 ventilated)
ABS
Hill holder

Bumpers

Painted front and rear bumpers

Charges

Charges:
Delivery/freight charge: $ 1,485.00

Convenience

Bluetooth ; includes phone connection and includes music streaming
Illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror
Cargo area light
Voice activating system; includes radio and phone
2 12V in front
Front reading lights
Mechanical trunk/hatch release
3 passenger assist handles

Dimensions

Internal dimensions: front headroom (mm): 992, rear headroom (mm): 948, front hip room (mm): 1,366, rear hip room (mm): 1,348, front leg room (mm): 1,073, rear leg room (mm): 913, front shoulder room (mm): 1,424, rear shoulder room (mm): 1,395 and interior volume (litres): 2,723
External dimensions: overall length (mm): 4,560, overall width (mm): 1,780, overall height (mm): 1,435, wheelbase (mm): 2,700, front track (mm): 1,562, rear track (mm): 1,575 and curb to curb turning circle (mm): 12,070
Cargo capacity(in litres): all seats in place: 421

Doors

Doors: driver, rear driver, passenger and rear passenger : front hinged
Body colour exterior door handles

Engine

Emissions data: CO2: 3,254 kg/yr
Engine: 1.8L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with VVT

Engine Performance

Power: 148 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 131 ft lb of torque @ 4,700 rpm
Fuel consumption(L/100km) : city= 8.0 ; highway= 5.3 ; combined= 6.8 ;

Fuel

Fuel system: multi-point injection
Fuel: unleaded ( 87 octane)
Fuel tank: 50 litre capacity

Instrumentation

Tachometer
Main dashboard display
Trip computer: includes avg speed, avg fuel econ, current fuel econ and fuel range
External temperature

Interior Trim

Luxury trim: alloy look on dashboard
Carpet floor mats

Lights

Daytime running lights
Headlights: halogen with projector beam lens

Locks

Immobilizer
Internal button power locks ; speed sensing

Paint

Black paint

Safety

Rear seat belts for driver, rear seat belts for passenger, 3-point rear seat belts for center
Intelligent driver and passenger front airbag
LATCH
Height adjustable front seat belts with pre-tensioners for driver and passenger
Front to rear curtain airbags
Front side airbags
2 height adjustable head restraints for front seats, 3 height adjustable head restraints for rear seats

Seats

Front driver seat : bucket ; details: manual height, front passenger seat : bucket
Front seat center armrest
Seat upholstery: cloth
Rear seats: split-folding bench with seating for three
Seating: 5 passengers

Service

Intermediate service 12,000, 6, variable distance/period and 7,456
Main service variable distance/period

Steering

Power steering type
Multi-function steering wheel ; includes height adjustment and telescopic adjustment

Storage

Dashboard console, full floor console with covered storage, partial overhead console
Cupholders in front row and rear seats

Suspension

Independent front strut suspension with stabilizer bar and coil springs, semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension with coil springs

Transmission

Transmission: 6-speed manual ; incl. shifter on floor
Front-wheel drive
4.333:1 axle ratio
Electronic traction control (via ABS & engine management)
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) stability control

Ventilation

Ventilation system with cabin filter

Version

Powertrain type : combustion
Data completeness
Version information
Date introduced: version: 25 Mar 2013 and model: 25 Mar 2013
Trim level: LX
4-door sedan

Visibility

Windshield wipers with variable intermittent wipe
Rear window with defroster
Front power windows with 1 express, rear power windows
Driver and passenger door mirror: heated, body colour, power adjustable
Tinted glass
Zone tinted windshield
Rear view mirror

Warranty

Roadside assistance warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Powertrain Warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Paint warranty: 36 months/ 60,000 km
Whole vehicle warranty: 60 months/ 100,000 km
Anti-corrosion warranty: 60 months/ Unlimited km

Weights

Weights: published curb weight (kg): 1,300

Wheels

Front and rear steel wheels: 15"x 5.5"
Tire kit
Front and rear all-season tires 195/65/S includes: low rolling resistance