In June TheCarConnection got behind the wheel of the 2010 Kia Forte, which shares all of its powertrain options and most of the features and equipment available with the 2010 Kia Forte KOUP, its two-door model mate. But until today, pricing on the KOUP has been held back, waiting for the cars to arrive in dealerships.
Well, the cars are rolling onto lots, and Kia has just released pricing information: starting at $16,595, the KOUP carries a premium of about $3,000 over the base Forte sedan.
The comparison isn't strictly fair, however, since the sedan offers a stripped-down LX model to get that low $13,695 entry price. Comparing equal-trim models - both named EX - results in a much more reasonable $850 price differential. The higher-spec SX starts from $17,695 in KOUP form, a premium of just $500 over the sedan.
Standard equipment on all Forte KOUPs includes four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, air conditioning, Bluetooth hands-free calling with steering wheel-mounted controls, six-speaker USB/aux-in AM/FM/CD/MP3/Satellite audio system, power windows, locks and cruise control.
Adding an automatic transmission to the picture bumps the price by an even $1,000 in both EX and SX trims. The primary difference between the EX and SX is an upgrade from the LX's 156-horsepower 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder to a 173-horsepower 2.4-liter engine.
For those that prefer to row their own cogs, the KOUP SX upgrades the EX's standard five-speed manual to a six-speed unit. Other benefits to the SX upgrade include a standard leather-wrapped steering wheel, larger tires, 17-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, front fog lights, glossy exterior accents, tilt and telescoping steering column, and standard 'sport' cloth seats.
The 2010 Kia Forte KOUP is on sale now, with the first shipments already arriving at dealers across the country.