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2015 Kia Forte Overview
Always one of the more value-laden choices in a compact family car, the 2015 Kia Forte takes advantage of a total redesign in 2014 in offering an improved interior, a lengthier profile and a wider stance than the previous generation. For the upcoming model year, this 5-seat commuter chariot sees few changes except for an actual lowering of its already pleasant base price. That’s right, the 2015 Kia Forte, in all its manifestations, will actually cost less than the 2014 version, though not by much.
Said manifestations include the now-spiffy Forte sedan, the sporty coupe variation, aka the Forte Koup, and the handy and handsome Forte5 hatchback. Leaving the Koup and the Forte5 for another time (we cover those models separately), the focus here will be on the 4-door version. Trims again include the base Sedan LX and up-featured and up-powered Sedan EX. Each variation, of course, comes only in front-wheel-drive (FWD) configuration, and engine choices are still limited to specific trims. However, the added length (179.5 inches of overall length for the 4-door) and girth carried over from last year means more passenger room, and trunk space now totals 14.9 cubic feet in this attractively priced family sedan.
Powering this next-gen Forte LX is a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that mates with either the standard 6-speed manual transmission or the available 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission for 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque. Gas mileage with the manual transmission is estimated at 25 mpg city/37 highway, while the 6-speed automatic returns 25/36.
The EX trim level comes with a 2.0-liter I4 powerplant managed by the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic. Look for 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque from this pepped-up powertrain, with mileage running 25/36.
The 2015 model year yet again sees the competent Forte packing a hefty load of standard features. The base LX, for example, flaunts standard 15-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, power door locks and windows, and a tiltable and telescoping steering wheel. This entry-level 4-door also packs air conditioning, as well as Bluetooth hands-free calling and a single-CD player interfacing with 4 speakers, satellite radio and an auxiliary audio input.
The EX, meanwhile, adds driver-adjustable steering effort, 16-inch alloy wheels and chrome accents outside, with cruise control, UVO eService voice-activated infotainment, a cooled storage compartment, 6-speaker audio, leather cabin accents and a rear-view camera adorning the interior.
Naturally, the Forte LX remains eligible for many items that come standard in the EX trim as options, including upsized and upgraded wheels, while the EX can further be delivered with a pair of optional packages. The Premium Package offers a power sunroof, keyless entry/ignition, leather upholstery, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a ventilated power-adjustable driver’s seat. The Technology Package, meantime, is available bearing xenon headlights, LED taillights, dual-zone climate control and a navigation suite. The Forte EX also remains in the running for available remote engine start as a standalone option.
Finally, standard safety equipment for the 2015 Forte duo once again includes 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, and front and rear head airbags. The EX trim, meantime, totes such added safety features as turn-signal-integrated mirrors, LED daytime running lights and front fog/driving lights.
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