The Kia Forte has got a unique styling that even leaves the style icons like Mazda jealous. The rear of the vehicle is trendy and very different from what is usually seen in its class. Driving the 2011 Kia Forte gives a true feel of a power packed ride, and in spite of the vehicle being it bit slower than the previous version, there is not a bit of sluggishness on the ride.
The Kia Forte SX takes on a very practical approach when it comes to the engine, but unfortunately at the cost of performance. The Kia Forte comes with a smooth but noisy 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces power of 173 horsepower and 168 pound feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that is performance tuned with the engine for a flexible ride.
The older version of the Kia Forte four-door which had a 5 speed automatic took approximately 8.6 seconds to hit the 60mph mark from rest, but the new 3100 pound machine takes a little extra to reach the same speed. With the six-speed transmission, 0 to 60 miles is achieved in 8.9 seconds, but the Forte SX Sedan and Coupe is tested to reach the mark in just 7.1 seconds and 7.3 seconds respectively. The Forte also comes with a manual transmission for the traditional driving lovers, but it does not affect the car’s acceleration.
The car would be chosen on its looks alone, but it has a lot more to offer. The Forte’s body shape leads to a huge cabin size and increased cargo capacity. The hatchback allows the loading of bulky stuff that would be tough to adjust in a regular sized trunk. The car has storage space beneath the cargo floor as well, and also provides ample passenger space.
The luxury ride comes loaded with 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, keyless entry, heated front seats, cruise control, telescopic steering wheel and a splendid touch with turn signals integrated into the outside mirrors. Kia also provides safety measures with the inclusion of six airbags, ABS, ESC, power windows and door locks, AM/FM/CD/MP3 with USB and AUX, Bluetooth hands free calling, steering wheel mounted audio controls and power heated outside mirrors.
The vehicle offers decent fuel efficiency of 23 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway for the automatic, 22mpg in city and 32 on highway for the manual.