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8.0
/ 10
On Styling
BASE INVOICE
$14,700
BASE MSRP
$14,995
On Styling
The 2011 Kia Forte is attractive and looks good inside and out, but it isn't entirely charismatic.
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looks handsome in sedan form but positively stylish as a two-door coupe
Car and Driver

shares only one piece of sheetmetal, the hood, with its sedan sibling
Motor Trend

precise and artful rendering of the interior
Popular Mechanics

The styling is fresh and stands out against its competitors the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla
MSN Autos

fresh, modern styling is definitely a strong point
Automobile Magazine

Like the fashionable Soul wagon, the 2011 Kia Forte merits a new trip to the Kia dealership and perhaps a new look at Kia, which is quickly shedding its old reputation for cheap dowdy vehicles and replacing it with hints of on-a-budget enthusiast flavor. The Forte has many of the elements of much more expensive cars, yet it's still one of the least expensive small sedans.

The 2011 Kia Forte is smooth, clean, and uncluttered on the outside, with proportions that feel just right either up close or from a distance, a stance that's assertive and attractive, and a flowing, gently arced roofline. The svelte Forte doesn't have any awkward angles, and the sleek coupe looks even better with its simple, swept-back appearance. This year, a five-door Forte hatchback joins the lineup, with a more truncated roofline in back.

Inside, the look in any of the models is simple, in a good way. It's not particularly trendsetting, but with a smoother, more organic version of the teardrop center stack used in the Soul, the look is no-nonsense yet stylish.

Conclusion

The 2011 Kia Forte is attractive and looks good inside and out, but it isn't entirely charismatic.

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