2010 Kia Forte Koup Review

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4.45 stars

Based on 8 reviews

"love It" by sapman
 — Appearance is unique enough that I still get glances after 2 years, even from other Kia Forte Koupe EX drivers, cos the SX color matching & premium wheels are far more attractive. Car has been to gara... Read More
Very Nice by JohnnyHardRock
 — Manual transmission, not automatic, although the back seat is roomy for it's size it would not be to comfortable for a bigger person, the side mirrors are nice but they are small and leave area's for ... Read More
Love It. by Thomas4882
 — I love the inside and the bluetooth connectivity. The stock rims look really sharp, and the exterior design is really sporty. I enjoy driving it quite a bit. Read More

2010 Kia Forte Koup Overview

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2010 Kia Forte Koup

Kia rolls out its first two-door coupe, the appropriately named Forte Koup, for 2010. Designed to compete with such vehicles as the Honda Civic Coupe and the Scion tC coupe, the Forte Koup borrows its underpinnings from the Forte sedan but sits lower than the sedan, and measures slightly shorter, for a sportier overall feel. In addition, it displays a distinctive exterior design, with a bold grille, aggressive air intakes, swept-back wrap-around headlights, a rear diffuser, and dual exhaust pipes. The Forte Koup also rides on a sportier suspension, which delivers good handling and a smooth, stable ride, according to reviewers.

The front-wheel-drive Forte Koup comes in EX and SX trims for 2010, powered by two different engines. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 156 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque drives the EX trim, while the SX receives a larger 2.4-liter four-cylinder, which generates 173 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. In the EX, the engine links to a five-speed manual transmission, which comes standard, or an optional four-speed Sportmatic automatic. The SX comes equipped with a six-speed manual shifter. Both engines provide decent performance, although some reviewers find fault with the engines' throttle response, which affects smooth driving at lower speeds.

Inside, the Forte Koup comes well-equipped for a compact coupe. Standard features for both trims include air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, and a six-speaker AM/FM audio system with a CD player and Sirius satellite radio. The driver's seat features six-way adjustment, including height. The SX adds such features as sportier cloth upholstery with red stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, metal pedals, a trip computer, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Power windows and door locks come standard on both trims.

Forte Koup trims equipped with the automatic transmission include an EcoMinder fuel-efficiency monitor, which guides drivers in achieving better fuel economy. Storage spaces in both trims include a center console with cubbies for small items. An optional Leather Package adds a more upscale feel, with such features as leather upholstery and heated front seats.

The Forte Koup comes with a full range of airbags, including dual front, front seat-mounted, and full-length side-curtain airbags. Electronic stability control and antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution also come standard on both trims. The EX rides on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the SX upgrades to 17-inch alloy wheels.


Rob has been a contributor to CarGurus since 2007, and an automotive test-driver and writer since the early ’90s. He’s test-driven everything from BMWs and Jags to Bentleys and Saabs, with an occasional Range Rover, Ferrari, Porsche or Lamborghini thrown in. He also created the annual Car of the Year and Exotic Car of the Year awards for Robb Report magazine. He currently resides in Florida.

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