The Kia Forte is new for 2014, with revamped powertrains and new infotainment technology, as well as updated styling. But are these changes enough to convince Ford Focus and Honda Civic drivers to take a look at this compact sedan?
There are two powertrains offered in the new Forte: a more powerful one and a more fuel-efficient one. The base LX model is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder rated at 148 horsepower, while the EX model now features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 173 horsepower. If you want a manual transmission you'll need to opt for the LX model, as the EX is only available with a six-speed automatic transmission.
An optional Eco Package will improve fuel efficiency by adding Kia's new ISG (Idle Stop & Go) stop/start system, which turns off the engine when the Forte comes to a stop. When the driver lifts their foot off the brake the engine will restart. Kia also includes automatic dual-zone climate control in this package which helps keep things more efficient.
The 2014 Forte has grown 2 inches between the wheels, which expands interior room. The car is lower, longer, and wider than the last version. It also adopts styling cues from the Optima, with a swept-back front end and steeply raked front and rear glass.
Pricing and fuel economy ratings have not been announced, but expect to hear something soon, as the new Forte will go on sale early next year.
For more information be sure to read our 2014 Kia Forte preview and take a look at our live photo gallery.