2014 Kia Forte is Lowest Priced Compact at $15,900
Establishing itself as the budget-oriented choice in the segment, the Forte has the lowest base price of any of its competitors. Offered in three trim levels, the $15,900 (plus $800 destination charge) LX model comes with a 148 hp 1.8-liter engine and a manual transmission. Those looking for an automatic will have to jump up to $17,400. The top-trim EX then starts at $19,400 and includes a 2.0-liter direct injection engine making 173 hp. That engine also delivers 24 mpg city and 36 mpg highway for a combined 28 mpg.
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LX models come equipped with features such as steering wheel mounted audio controls, Bluetooth, air conditioning and power windows. An optional Popular Package, available only on the automatic transmission model, adds 16-inch wheels, cruise control and keyless entry.
EX models deliver not only the larger engine but also add remote keyless entry, a rear camera, sliding center armrest, cooling glove box and the next-generation UVO telematics system. Optional items include navigation, as well as the FlexSteer system that allows three different levels of steering feel: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
Those looking to fully spec-out their Forte can also opt for the Premium Package with front and rear heated seats, 17-inch wheels, keyless access, a push-button ignition, a heated steering wheel, power sunroof and a 10-way power drivers seat with air-cooled ventilation.
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