2017 Kia Forte Sedan Detailed

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2017 Kia Forte Sedan Detailed

The 2017 Kia Forte sedan will be built at the automaker’s new manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Mexico.

The updated sedan made its debut earlier this year at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show and will be the first vehicle to be built at Kia’s second North American plant. The model arrives just as the Forte family enjoyed its best-ever sales in 2015 and receives several refinements in addition to its updated styling. But starting with the visual enhancements, the Forte receives a new front bumper and “tiger nose” grille that has been extended to connect the newly-designed headlights that are available with Xenon HID lights. In the rear are newly-designed tail lights with optional LEDs.

The 2017 Kia Forte sedan will be available in three trim levels, with the new sporty S trim slotting between the entry-level LX model and the range-topping EX model. The S variant adds sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED positioning lights, rear spoiler and a chrome exhaust tip. The top-of-the-line EX model will come standard with LED tail lights, Smart Key with perimeter approach lighting and front door pocket lighting as well as new 17-inch alloy wheels.

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The LX and S models also get upgraded cloth material for the seats inside the cabin, while the S trim features exclusive black cloth seats with white contrast stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The EX model now comes standard with leather seats with heated front seats, dual-zone full automatic temperature control, rear vents and push-button start with Smart Key.

The updated Kia Forte also receives a new base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, replacing the old 1.8-liter four-cylinder mill. The new base engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, though a second-generation six-speed automatic is also available. Higher trims are equipped with a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine with 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, paired to the six-speed automatic.

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  • Lisa

    Im quite pleased with my 2015 Kia ex

  • Mr. Nobody

    ok?

  • Lisa

    Ummm.. Hell, yea!; 2 0 engine.. Heated seats front and back.. Ventilated driver seat w lumbar support..plus heated steering wheel and a sunroof …reverse camera..too much to mention and much better quality than the chevy Cruz’ .which was made from dollar store cheap plastic and couldn’t get out of its own way on the road!! After leasing an Audi A4 ..THIS KIA is pretty darn good even comparable for about half the price?????

  • Supercooled

    I was just kidding around. I have 2014 sx with the 1.6 turbo but less goodies. Only heated fronts, no sunroof, no lumbar, ect.

    Are you single? Ja ha ha