SUM UP (3 Stars)

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Forte Koup in 2013

Influenced by European styling cues, the 2013 Kia Forte Koup remains competitive compared all the redesigns its rivals have seen over the last couple years. Its clean lines and smooth look is uncomplicated and well-proportioned. Its flowing, lightly arced roofline is a nice accent, as well as its swept-back appearance. The Koup EX receives 16-inch alloy wheels standard, and the Koup SX gets 17-inch alloy wheels. The SX also features gloss black exterior trim pieces. Chrome exterior door handles are available with the optional Technology Package. A power glass sunroof and a rear spoiler can be outfitted optionally as well. Several body colors are available for the Forte Koup, including Corsa Blue, Bright Silver, and Ebony Black...more

An impressive entry among the host of compact coupes available on the market, the 2013 Kia Forte Koup offers a reasonably economic choice that comes loaded with lots of great features and packs a solid performance as well. Easily zipping through city traffic, the Forte Koup includes a comfortable, well-equipped interior. Available in two trim levels, offering varying engines and performance, the Forte Koup is a highly customizable vehicle that remains a viable selection alongside its major competitors. Safety and fuel economy also score high for the Kia Forte Koup, affording it more credit as a competitive compact vehicle in its class. Its sleek, modern design is also a great attribute, and sets it apart from some of its major rivals.

Exterior

Influenced by European styling cues, the 2013 Kia Forte Koup remains competitive compared all the redesigns its rivals have seen over the last couple years. Its clean lines and smooth look is uncomplicated and well-proportioned. Its flowing, lightly arced roofline is a nice accent, as well as its swept-back appearance. The Koup EX receives 16-inch alloy wheels standard, and the Koup SX gets 17-inch alloy wheels. The SX also features gloss black exterior trim pieces. Chrome exterior door handles are available with the optional Technology Package. A power glass sunroof and a rear spoiler can be outfitted optionally as well. Several body colors are available for the Forte Koup, including Corsa Blue, Bright Silver, and Ebony Black.

Interior & Cargo

The cabin of the 2013 Kia Forte Koup is laid out in a simple, but stylistic fashion. Its no-frills interior includes an organic instrument panel that is easy to see and intuitive to use. Its straightforward interior is highly functional though not quite as lavish as some of its major competitors such as the Ford Focus. The front seats are roomy and comfortable, with ample support, while the rear seats are a tight squeeze even for two average-size adults. The Forte Koup offers a fair amount of cargo room, featuring 12.6 cubic feet of space, which is quite good for a vehicle in its class. Front sport seats are equipped standard, with cloth upholstery, and the driver’s seat is height adjustable. Leather seating is available as an option. The Forte Koup comes loaded with a host of great standard features, including cruise control, air-conditioning, and tilt and telescopic steering wheel. Audio and cruise controls are conveniently located on the steering wheel. Entertainment equipment featured standard include an AM/FM sound system with CD player and MP3 playback, six total speakers, and a starting three-month subscription to Sirius XM satellite radio. Bluetooth wireless connectivity for hands-free calls is also included standard, and an optional navigation system with rearview camera can be outfitted in the vehicle. The Forte Koupe SX features a leather-wrapped steering wheel as well as leather and simulated alloy trim on the doors, dash, and shift knob.

Safety

The 2013 Kia Forte Koup includes all the standard safety features one would expect, including four-wheel, anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, side-impact airbags for the front seats, and side curtain airbags for the front and rear. The Forte Koupe came to a stop from 60 mph in 118 feet, which is quite good. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Forte Koup four out of five stars for its overall impact protection, scoring four stars for frontal and side-impact protection, and only two stars for its side pole test. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Forte sedan its top rating of ""Good"" in all categories, as well as the designation as a Top Safety Pick, though the Forte Koup itself was not specifically tested.

Driving Experience

Alongside its more economical rivals, the 2013 Kia Forte Koup stands out in terms of power and acceleration. In terms of it handling, however, the Forte Koup falls a bit short, delivering mushy steering for the EX. The EX does provide a fairly comfortable ride, however. The SX performs a bit better as it is outfitted with a heftier engine, offering sharper handling than the EX, though its ride is a bit severe. A six-speed, manual transmission is equipped standard, though the optional six-speed, automatic transmission comes highly recommended. The Forte Koup is also equipped with a front-wheel drive system. Equipped with the 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, this vehicle gets 156 horsepower and 144 lb-ft of torque. The more powerful 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine produces 173 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy is about average for a vehicle in its class, though they would have been above-average just a couple of years ago. The 2.0-liter engine gets an estimated 26/36 mpg city/highway, while the larger 2.4-liter engine comes in at 23/32 mpg city/highway. When outfitted with the optional Eco Package, which includes electric power steering and aerodynamic enhancements, the SX scores a far better estimate of 27/37 mpg city/highway.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Kia Forte-Koup

  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Mazda 3
  • Toyota Corolla

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