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2017 Kia Forte LX Manual

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Price with options: $16,600

MSRP: $16,600

Base Invoice: $16,271

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City: 25 - Hwy: 34

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2017 Kia Forte Pros

The Kia Forte gets a mild refresh for 2017 with handsome new styling around the front of the car, giving it a more sophisticated and European look. Around back, the taillights are all new and can be had with LEDs. Other improvements for 2017 include a new base engine, a 2.0L 4-cylinder unit that promises to improve fuel economy. Further aiding fuel economy is a new 6-speed automatic gearbox available with either engine.

2017 Kia Forte Model Highlights

The 2017 Kia Forte is offered in two different body styles, either as a 4-door sedan or as a 2-door "Koup." The 4-door sedan comes in LX, S and EX grades, while the Koup is available in either EX or SX trims. LX models are powered by a 147-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, while EX models gets a more powerful 2.0L direct-injected 4-cylinder that makes 164 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The Kia Forte SX Koup comes with a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder making 201 horsepower. Both of the non-turbo engines include continuously variable valve timing, which helps provide responsiveness over a wide range while enhancing fuel economy. LX models offer a choice between a 6-speed manual gearbox and a 6-speed automatic transmission, while EX 4-doors only come with the automatic. Both versions of the Koup come standard with a 6-speed manual, while an automatic is optional on either trim.

The Kia Forte sedan features an available Eco Package that adds Idle Stop & Go, a system that will automatically shut off the engine at stoplights; it also adds dual-zone climate control, rear-seat ventilation and special badging. LX trims now offer a Popular Plus Package, which provides cruise control, 16-inch alloy wheels and a rear camera display.

The Forte has a MacPherson strut-type front suspension and coupled torsion-beam rear setup. Across the model line, electric power steering is included. An available Flex Steer system lets drivers choose between Comfort, Normal and Sport modes, changing the steering feel with the press of a button. Base LX 4-door models have 15-inch steel wheels while 16-inch alloys are available. EX model includes 16-inch alloys with lower-profile tires while, 17-inch alloys are an option. The Forte Koup SX includes 18-inch wheels as standard.

Inside, the instrument panel is canted 10 degrees toward the driver, for a cockpit feel and there are large, easy-to-read gauges. There's a multi-information display with 4.2-inch screen on EX models and trims and materials are in line with more expensive makes.

Forte LX models come standard with air conditioning, power windows, power heated mirrors, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, Bluetooth connectivity and Sirius Satellite Radio compatibility. EX models add remote keyless entry, a rear backup camera, a sliding center armrest and a cooled glovebox.

EX options are grouped into several packages. The Premium Package includes heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, cooling for the driver's seat, leather upholstery, a power sunroof, push-button start, a Smart Key system and a heated steering wheel. Separately, a Technology Package combines HID headlamps, LED tail lamps, dual-zone climate control, rear-seat ventilation and a 4.2-inch color display screen.

The Forte Koup SX includes projector beam foglamps, gloss black painted, dual heated power mirrors, chrome exhaust tips, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters (automatic only,) bigger front brakes and of course a more powerful engine than is available on any other Forte.

2017 Kia Forte Model News

The Forte is a compact that's one size down from the Kia Optima and one up from the Kia Rio. It competes in a crowded segment, against some very established nameplates like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Accord, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta and Ford Focus, as well as the Chevrolet Cruze. The Kia Forte stands out for offering a little more equipment for the same price -- as well as some standout comfort options, such as a heated steering wheel and cooled driver's seat. There's also a choice between three engines, a fuel-efficient 2.0L, a stronger 2.0L or, in the 2-door Koup, a 1.6L turbocharged unit. Every buyer should be able to find the right combination of power and fuel economy.

2017 Kia Forte Value Writeup

Stylish exterior; choice of powertrains; fuel-efficiency; great list of standard equipment; standout comfort and convenience options

Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )  
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)  
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0? F (Primary) 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 90
Displacement 2.0 L/122
Engine Order Code  
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 147 @ 6200
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 132 @ 4500
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (N/A) 28
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Torsion Beam
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.78
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.33
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.98
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.96
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.63
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.26
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again  
Trans Order Code  
Trans Type 6
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2804
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Speed Compensated Volume Control
Radio: AM/FM/CD/MP3 Audio System -inc: SIRIUS satellite radio, USB/auxiliary input jacks, 4 speakers, Bluetooth wireless technology w/voice recognition, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
Window Grid Antenna
Wireless Streaming
Auto Off Projector Beam Halogen Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
Black Side Windows Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Front Bumper
Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Clearcoat Paint
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Light Tinted Glass
Spare Tire Mobility Kit
Tires: P195/65R15
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Variable Intermittent Wipers
Wheels: 15" x 6.0" Steel w/Wheel Covers
2 12V DC Power Outlets
4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
Air Filtration
Analog Display
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
Cargo Space Lights
Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
Cloth Seat Trim
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Delayed Accessory Power
Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
Driver Foot Rest
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat
Front Center Armrest
Front Cupholder
Full Carpet Floor Covering
Full Cloth Headliner
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Glove Box
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
Interior Trim -inc: Chrome Interior Accents
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Manual Air Conditioning
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Outside Temp Gauge
Perimeter Alarm
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Power Rear Windows
Rear Cupholder
Remote Keyless Entry w/Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
Seats w/Cloth Back Material
Trip Computer
Urethane Gear Shift Knob
Vinyl Door Trim Insert
13.2 Gal. Fuel Tank
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
4.33 Axle Ratio
60-Amp/Hr 600CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
90 Amp Alternator
Electric Power-Assist Steering
Engine: 2.0L I4 DOHC D-CVVT MPI
Front Anti-Roll Bar
Front-Wheel Drive
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Rear Child Safety Locks
Side Impact Beams