• Good standard and available features
  • All transmissions are six-speeds
  • Three distinct body styles
  • Driving dynamics are wanting
  • Still playing catch-up with some competitors
  • Too much road noise

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for Forte in 2014

The 2014 Kia Forte sedan, the Forte5 hatchback, and the sporty Forte Koup are all-new...
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Vehicle Summary

Bad timing killed the last Kia Forte. Four years ago, the Forte was a good, little car that debuted just ahead of a foray of better, little cars. Cars like the Ford Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze, which absolutely crushed Kia's dreams of being king of the compact-car hill. Fast-forward four years to today. While we were expecting a significantly refreshed Forte for 2014, we got a brand-new 2014 Kia Forte instead. The compact-car class is getting a lot of attention from automakers, what with people's blossoming interest in green-friendly econoboxes, and Kia's got a real player with the Forte.


The compact 2014 Kia Forte is all-new. It comes in three styles: Forte, Forte5, and Forte Koup. The first is a four-door sedan, the second is a four-door hatchback, and the last is a two-door coupe. All are instantly recognizable as Fortes because of their tiger-nose grilles and curvaceous sheetmetal. It's extremely rare that an automaker offers one car in three distinct flavors. The Ford Focus is available as a sedan and a hatchback but not as a coupe. The Honda Civic is available as a sedan and a coupe but not as a hatchback. The whole Forte trio benefits from Hyundai's 100,000-mile, ten-year warranty, another thing that sets it apart from the competition.

The four-door 2014 Kia Forte sedan is longer, lower, and wider than the outgoing car. Despite the increase in size, passenger volume has actually decreased, although first-row passengers enjoy more head, leg, and shoulder room. If interior space is a major concern, the Forte5 might be more your style. Passenger volume increases slightly from 96.2 cubic feet to 98.2 cubic feet, and cargo space balloons from 14.9 cubic feet to 23.2 cubic feet. The Forte5 also benefits from bigger engines. EX models get a normally aspirated 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder, and SX models get a 1.6-liter turbocharged in-line four spitting out 201 hp. They're the same engines that are available in the two-door Forte Koup. The Koup debuted at the 2013 New York Auto Show and is set to go on sale by the end of the year. It aims to be the most fun Forte, with sport-tuned suspension and larger front brakes, as well as an excessive amount of carbon-fiber interior frill.

It seems, then, that Kia is building a Forte for just about everyone.

Key Competitors

  • Ford Focus
  • Honda Civic
  • Mazda 3
  • Toyota Corolla

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