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2014 Kia Forte Photo
8.0
/ 10
On Styling
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$15,599
BASE MSRP
$15,900
On Styling
Good looks run in families, and the Forte's new lines wear better than even some of the larger Kias.
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STYLING | 8 out of 10

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The sheetmetal defining its revised dimensions is more sculpted along the sides, lending character to a profile that was previously pretty bland, and the overall shape is strongly reminiscent of a Honda Civic.
Car and Driver

The new styling exhibits a smart, attractive blend of curves and angular lines, and not too much of either.
Cars.com

Viewed in profile, the Forte's rakish A pillar and rapidly receding roofline conspire to create a visual illusion that's both sporty and on trend.
Autoblog

Like the Rio, Optima, and Cadenza, boxiness is out and sleekness is in; the first generation Forte looks positively plain by comparison.
Motor Trend

the Forte reminds us of the new Dodge Dart, putting a handsome face on a traditional compact car shape.
Automobile

Pulled into interesting new directions, the Kia Forte has shed some of its plainer economy-car cues. It's now much more a ringer for the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic with its rakish silhouette--and like many Kias, has a cohesive, attractive style that's among the best of its kind.

Styling is subjective, but there's no denying the Forte's handsome sideview. It does more with a laid-back windshield than the Civic does: it counters that sportscar rake with a dip carved into the sill and a stubby, near-vertical trim piece at the back of the side glass that visually brackets the passenger space. While that's going on, the side glass dips ahead of the sideview mirrors, and the tail thins out enough to balance pretty chamfers on the taillamps. The rear end narrows like a Focus, and we're not as completely convinced by the thin lip liner of chrome around the complex shape of the grille--but from the side and quarters, the Forte's a budget knockout.

From the inside, the Forte caps a few years of advances in Kia design with a simple but sculptural dash, one with a split console design that cuts down on what could be a bulky center stack. That bank of controls emerges smoothly from a dash surface finished in better plastics than we've seen in the Forte before, and the very light touch of metallic trim and very friendly presentation of big, round, climate-control knobs couldn't be easier to understand or operate. When it's fitted with the available LCD screen, the Forte's dash wouldn't look out of place in a more expensive Optima--and actually knits itself together a bit better visually than that favorite four-door.

 

 

Conclusion

Good looks run in families, and the Forte's new lines wear better than even some of the larger Kias.

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