You won't be missing out on key features in going with one of the most affordable 2011 Kia Forte models. Although air conditioning remains optional on the base Forte LX, all Forte trims get Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite Radio, and an auxiliary input jack for the audio system, plus steering wheel controls and voice activation. The EX model adds A/C and power accessories, while the SX adds fog lamps, plus upgraded upholstery and trim. The SX model is the "image leader" of the lineup; in addition to those details and the stronger engine, it gets a sport-tuned suspension, larger brakes, and showy 17-inch alloy wheels.
2011 Kia Forte Koup models come only in EX and SX trims, and while equipment is virtually the same as for sedans, they do include a few features that spice up their appearance; for instance, Koup EX models include 16-inch alloys, instead of the 15-inch steel wheels of their Forte EX sedan counterparts.
Other options on the 2010 Kia Forte are limited to a power sunroof, leather seat packages (heated in front), and a Convenience Package that adds A/C and other upgrades to the LX.
Bluetooth connectivity, steering-wheel controls, and satellite radio—extras on many other small cars—won't cost extra in the 2011 Kia Forte, though a few upscale features like a nav system are missing.
One noteworthy omission is that there is original-equipment screen-based nav system on the options list. While that was perfectly normal for that class even a year or two ago, nav systems are rapidly becoming available even in affordable small cars.