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2013 Kia Forte LX

2013 Kia Forte Review

(0 Stars)  The last year for this Forte.

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New For 2013
A new sixteen-inch wheel design is standard on coupe and hatchback models and optional on sedans. LED daytime running lights are standard on SX models. Power-folding exterior mirrors are now standard on EX and SX models. Crimson red and metallic bronze replace spicy red and metal bronze as exterior colors.
It’s been a good run for the Kia Forte. The car has an impressive list of features meant to erase Kia’s reputation as a budget brand. Since its introduction, the Forte has offered leather, heated seats, and Bluetooth. Push-button start, shift paddles, and navigation are optional. Power comes from a 2.0-liter or 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and the two transmission choices are a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. Both engines deliver good performance and return respectable fuel economy. The top SX model aims for a sporty feel inside, with black surfaces accented by silver trim and red lighting. Unfortunately, driving the SX, or any of the Forte models, is not a dynamic experience. Plenty of competitors in the small-car segment are more composed, refined, and fun. Manufacturers have gotten much more serious about their small cars lately, and models like the Mazda 3, the Ford Focus, and the Dodge Dart—to name a few—have raised the bar in refinement, dynamics, and efficiency. That has left the Forte playing catch-up, but that may change when Kia starts selling a longer, wider, and lower Forte, one that sits on an all-new chassis, for 2014. And maybe that’s why the only standard feature Kia added to its Forte models this year was an indicator light for low windshield-washer fluid.

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2013 Forte LX Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC with Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 26 MPG city, 36 MPG highway, 29 MPG combined and 398 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
13.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 156 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 144 ft lb of torque @ 4,300 rpm

'13 Kia LX Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Auto On Headlights
Privacy Glass
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Passenger Air Bag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Satellite Radio
Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
Wheel Covers
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