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2010 Kia Forte Sedan - Overview

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$13,695 – $18,495 MSRP

$13,430 – $17,610 Invoice

22 / 31 MPG City/Hwy

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Overall Quality 2.0

Overall Performance and Design 4.0

Overall Dependability 3.0

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2010 Kia Forte Sedan

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Overview

What Changed for the 2010 Kia Forte:

  • The 2010 Kia Forte is a new compact car that replaces the Kia Spectra
  • coupe or sedan models in LX, EX and SX trim levels
  • Prices start at less than $14,000
  • LX model includes 6-way adjustable driver's seat, tilt steering wheel, rear defroster, CD/MP3 player, three free months of Sirius satellite radio, auxiliary input jack, USB port, Bluetooth, ABS, stability control, and traction control
  • EX model includes power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, air conditioning, floor mats, upgraded surround sound stereo, rear cupholders, and controls for the audio system and cruise control on the steering wheel
  • SX model adds 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, telescopic steering column, sportier interior dcor, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and Supervision gauges
  • Standard engine on LX and EX makes 156 horsepower
  • Standard engine on SX makes 173 horsepower
  • Optional Fuel Economy package on EX model includes automatic transmission, electric power steering, silica tires, aerodynamic enhancements, and a "smart" alternator to produce 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg highway
  • Optional Premium package on EX model includes 16-inch alloy wheels and a power sunroof
  • Optional Leather package on EX model includes leather upholstery, front seat heaters, and metal-finish interior trim
  • Kia says the Forte has one of the largest interiors in its segment
  • The Forte sedan's trunk capacity is 14.7 cubic feet
  • Standard powertrain warranty is 10 years/100,000 miles
  • Basic warranty is 5 years/60,000 miles and includes roadside assistance

The Forte is Kia's all-new model for 2010, replacing the Spectra. The Forte is a compact car, available as a sedan or coupe, and competes with the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3. Kia cites the Forte's competitive price and fuel economy as its main selling points.

The 2010 Kia Forte is available as a sedan in three trim levels: LX, EX and SX. As a coupe (or Koup, to use Kia's term), it's offered only in the EX and SX trims. Standard on the LX trim are 15-inch wheels, 4-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth connectivity. The EX trim includes air conditioning, power accessories, cruise control, and upgraded rear seats. The 2-door version of the Forte EX features 16-inch wheels and firmer suspension. The SX trim also features a sport-tuned suspension, plus a larger engine, 17-inch wheels, upgraded steering wheel and gauge cluster, trip computer, and a more upscale interior. The SX Koup has an even stiffer suspension. Options at various trim levels include a sunroof and heated front seats.

Forte LX and EX trims are equipped with a 156-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine coupeed with a 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. According to EPA estimates, the Kia Forte delivers 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. An optional Fuel Economy package includes a 5-speed automatic transmission and raises the EPA's estimates to 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The Forte SX features a 173-horsepower, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with a 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. The EPA says it delivers a combined 26 mpg.

The 2010 Kia Forte's standard safety features include anti-lock disc brakes, brake assist, stability control, front side air bags, side curtain air bags, and active front head restraints.

Starting MSRP for the 2010 Kia Forte was $14,695.

Available Trims for the 2010 Kia Forte Sedan

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
LX (M5) 5 speed manual $13,695 156-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 25/34
EX (M5) 5 speed manual $15,995 156-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl 25/34
SX (M6) 6 speed manual $17,495 173-hp / 2.4L 4-cyl 22/32

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