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STYLING | 8 out of 10
“Bottom line, this is one slick-looking compact”
“Undoubtedly one of the best-looking small sedans on the market”
“Cabin is nicely appointed”
The all-new Kia 2010 Forte signals that Kia is ready to compete for top honors in the hugely crowded compact sedan segment. While it’s not a perfect vehicle (what is?), the 2010 Kia Forte makes a strong visual statement and backs it up with a wealth of features and impressive levels of comfort and quality. Most top review sources, along with the editors at TheCarConnection.com, think that the Forte is a very good-looking small sedan.
The 2010 Kia Forte is Kia’s “new bread-and-butter car that replaces the Spectra,” according to Motor Trend, and it will arrive on dealer lots in “three trim levels: the base spec LX, the volume EX…and the top trim SX.” The Kia 2010 Forte features an all-new design that is very well-received in reviews surveyed by TheCarConnection.com. Edmunds raves that the Kia Forte boasts an “attractive exterior design,” and even goes so far as to say “the Forte is undoubtedly one of the best-looking small sedans on the market.” Cars.com is more reserved, remarking that “if you’ve experienced Honda’s Civic, the car will seem very familiar,” especially in terms of overall styling. Such comments still don’t stop Car and Driver from claiming that the 2010 Kia Forte “is now the best-looking car in its class; it especially stands out when viewed in person.” Motor Trend does an excellent job of summarizing reviewer sentiment by declaring that, “bottom line, this is one slick-looking compact.”
Inside, the Kia Forte’s cabin doesn’t quite make the same impression as the exterior sheetmetal. While Motor Trend reviewers like that the Kia Forte’s “center stack is clean and uncluttered,” Edmunds contends that the “interior doesn’t raise the bar for this segment.” That’s not to say the interior is a disappointment, just not quite as pleasing as the exterior.
Automobile Magazine does appreciate that the “cabin is nicely appointed, with cloth or leather seats,” and both Edmunds and Motor Trend approve of the “clean layout” of the Kia Forte’s dashboard.
The 2010 Kia Forte has a simple, attractive exterior that looks good from every angle; inside the Forte is attractive but not charismatic.