The Forte was the first car to get the crisp new Euro-influenced look that has characterized all of Kia's latest cars—and it rightfully earned the Forte a new name, replacing the good but anonymous Spectra just three years ago. Even after much of the compact segment has been redesigned—Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and even its distant cousin, the Hyundai Sonata—the Forte somehow remains competitive.
On the outside, the look is smooth, clean, and uncluttered, with proportions that feel just right either up close or from a distance. Add to that an assertive stance, and a flowing, gently arced roofline. There simply aren't any awkward angles, and the sleek Koup (coupe) looks even better with its simple, swept-back appearance. You also have a five-door 'Forte 5-door' hatchback from which to choose, and we tend to think that model looks even better despite the truncated roofline.