2017 Kia Forte Review

The Forte is a small size family sedan, which was introduced to the market during the middle part of 2008 by Kia Motors, the South Korean giant. It was released in a coupe body style with two doors, sedan body style with four doors and in hatchback body style with five-doors. The new 2017 Kia Forte is the restyled version of the current one that is expected to come with a bit better inside and outside equipment and stronger powertrains. The new model will be released in three models that include LX, S, and EX, among which LX is the base model, S is the newly introduced model, which is an intermediate trim, and EX is the higher end model. The class contestants of the new model Forte Automatic include the 2017 Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta or Golf, and the 2016 Mazda 3.

2017 Kia Forte front side

2017 Kia Forte 5 door exterior

The new Kia Forte 2017 comes with notable visual improvements that add more refinement to its external styling. The front have a tiger snout grille and an innovative bumper. The grille is designed to connect the redesigned headlamps, which now carry the Xenon HID bulbs. The newly designed front fascia offers the vehicle a fluid look and it comes in two designs. The first design will be accentuating the refined character of the vehicle, whereas the second design highlights its aggressive and athletic personality. Around back, the new vehicle comes with ordinary taillights as standard and LED taillights as an optional feature.
The 2017 Kia Forte LX trim gets heated mirrors and a set of 15-inch steel wheels as standard and, wipers, automatic headlamps, and a set of 16-inch alloy wheels as option.

2017 Kia Forte side 1

The newly added S trim standard features are: a sport-tuned suspension, a rear spoiler, LED driving headlamps, taillamps, and fog lamps, a chrome exhaust tip and a set of 10-spoke 16-inch aluminum wheels.
When comes to the EX trim, it will have with Smart Key with outside approach illumination, LED taillights, front door pocket illumination, and a set of 17-inch alloy wheels.
Also, new Forte comes equipped with the strut type of suspension system in the front and Torsion beam type of suspension system at the back. Regarding brakes, it comes outfitted with disc brakes in both front and back.

The 2017 Forte colors are more or less the same, it have five attractive body colors that include:
 Clear White.
 Aurora Black.
 Crimson Red.
 Steel Blue.
 Silky Silver.
The external dimensions of the vehicle will be 179.5 x 70.1 x 56.3 inches in length, width and height respectively. The length of the wheelbase and the curb weight of the new Forte Automatic will be 106.3 inches and 2804 pounds (approx 1275 kg) respectively.

2017 Kia Forte front 1

New Kia Forte 2017 Interior

The interior of the new Forte 2017 has several notable features according to the trims. The inside part is designed to offer a relaxed sitting space for five people. Furthermore, the automaker offers the maximum level of finesse in the cabin with latest technologies.
The LX model of the new vehicle comes with height-modifiable driver seats, air-conditioning, a secondary audio jack, Bluetooth acoustic and Smartphone connectivity. Also, there are a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a USB port, an acoustic system with six-speaker, complete power accessories, a CD player, and a satellite radio as standard.
Some of the optional features of the model include a back view camera, a 4.3-inch touch-screen exhibit, cruise control, and a back seat armrest.
The new Kia Forte S 2017 model comes with notable standard interior features, such as black textile seats with white complementary sewing, shift knob, and leather-covered steering wheel.

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On another hand, the 2017 Kia Forte EX model comes standard internal features that include leather seats with heated seats in the front, twin-zone automatic climate control, push-button start and a Smart Key push-button start.
Both the S and EX models come with the UVO35 telematics information system as standard. It comes with a seven-inch touch-screen exhibit and a set of Smartphone functions through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Some of the standard safety features available with the 2017 model Forte Automatic include:
 Driveline grip control and ABS.
 Electronic stability control.
 Side collision beams.
 Low tire pressure alert system.
 Two stage passenger and driver seat-mounted airbags on sides.
 Two stage passenger and driver airbags in the front.
 Airbag occupancy sensor.
 Curtain airbags in the first and second seat rows.
 Back child security locks.

2017 Kia Forte interior seats

2017 Kia Forte Interior

Due attention has also been paid by the automaker to offer the vehicle an adequate amount of standard entertainment features that include:
 SIRIUS satellite radio.
 AM/FM/MP3/CD/ Audio System with four speakers.
 USB/auxiliary input jacks.
 steering-wheel-mounted acoustic controls
 Bluetooth wireless technology with voice identification.
 Radio with clock, seek-scan.
 Wireless Streaming
 Speed rewarded volume control
 Window Grid Antenna
The next-gen Kia Forte comes with the passenger volume of 96.2 cubic feet and the cargo volume of 14.9 cubic feet. The fuel tank capacity of all models of the new vehicle will be 13.2 gallons.

Read: 2017 Mazda 3


All trims of the 2017 Kia Forte will be powered by a four-cylinder powertrain with the capacity of 2.0 liters. This engine generates the power of 147 horsepower. For maximum effectiveness, this power unit employs the Atkinson cycle with an extension stroke, which is considerably longer than its valuable compression stroke.
This power unit also offers an enhance acceleration to the new vehicle. With this powertrain, the vehicle attains the speed of 60 mph from the start in 8.7 seconds, which is 2.1 seconds faster than that of the 2016 model Honda Civic 1.5T coupe. The maximum velocity attained by the vehicle through this engine is 122 mph.

2017 Kia Forte rear 1

The transmission will be a 6-speed manual system as standard and a 6-speed automatic system as an option.
It also comes with an optional engine, which will be a turbocharged unit with the capacity of 1.6 liters.
Regarding all-new Kia Forte 2017 gas mileage, the new sedan offers the mileage of 29 mpg when the vehicle is driven within the city and 42 mpg when it is driven on highways.

Read: 2017 Honda Civic

Base cost and the date of release

Each model of the all-new 2017 Kia Forte Automatic will be released on different dates, but not later than the concluding part of 2016. Regarding pricing, all sedan models will be available at a base price of $15,900, whereas the hatchback models and the coupe models will be available at a starting price of $18,090 and $19,890 respectively.

2017 Kia Forte Pictures


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