Kia again revolutionize the segment of compact cars with the presentation of the second generation of the Kia Forte, a compact sedan with European design, a whole new longer lower chassis, wider and, providing more interior space and, all, more luxury features and communication technology, security and entertainment.
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Placed between the sub-compact sedan Kia Rio and Optima midsize sedan, Forte includes a number of advanced features in a package that easily accommodates five passengers and their belongings.
The new Forte 2014 went on sale in the first quarter of 2013 with a wreck base (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price, MSRP) of about $ 16,000 for his more austere version will be available in LX and EX versions with engine variants four cylinder 1.8-liter or a more powerful 2.0-liter.
The four-cylinder inline 1.8-liter gene was 148 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 131 pounds of torque per foot to 4,700, coupled to a standard manual transmission or six-speed automatic optional, six-speed .
The Forte EX This Test Drive was equipped with a 2.0-liter GDI engine with 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 pounds of torque at 4,700 per linear foot, coupled to six-speed automatic transmission.
Both engines include dual technology valve timing and operation of continuous variable light intake manifold reduces weight by 30%.
Official figures yield of gasoline Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate that this engine will achieve 24 miles per gallon in the city and up to 36 on the highway.
Luxury and technology
The Forte LX includes audio controls on the steering wheel for SiriusXM Satellite Radio ™ systems, wireless Bluetooth®3, power windows, air conditioning and electrical standard heated outside mirrors, among the many features that make it stand out from its competition.
An optional package adds alloy wheels DE16-inch, cruise control, keyless entry with remote trunk opening and a sliding front armrest, besides the Eco (Idle Stop & Go) Kia ISG system, which shuts off the engine as the vehicle stops and starts as soon as the driver lifts the brake-pedal asks, dual-zone automatic temperature control with ventilation in the back seat and the “Eco” distinctive.
In the EX, the Forte increases greater comfort and features like Kia UVO system with Microsoft technology that provides information and entertainment and now can be integrated with an optional navigation system.
Other features included in the EX include remote keyless entry with trunk release, a rear camera to display the picture back a sliding center armrest and a special glove.
Better ride and handling
Advances in engineering KIA Forte 2014 include the optional Flex Steer system, which allows the driver to choose between three profiles of different address (Comfort, Normal and Sport) with the touch of a steering wheel mounted button and vary the steering effort required .
Thanks to the new, lower (0.6 inches) and wider (0.2 inches) longer wheelbase (1.2 inches), the wheelbase grew to 106.3 inches two longer than the previous model, and the McPherson front suspension and a rear axle torsion bar coupled, handling and comfort for passengers is considerably better.
The LX model comes equipped with tires 195 / 65R-15, with the option of 205 / 55R-16, alloy wheels 16 inches.
The shoe is equipped EX model with the same 55 series wheels with low profile tires 215 / 45-17, with wheels 17-inch alloy sports as an additional option.
Opening the doors wide a sculpted in organic curves reveals cabin. With gentle ripples throughout the instrumental panel is transmitted serenity, like small waves that radiate from a stone thrown into a pond.
The center cab is tilted 10 degrees with high-quality materials and soft touch points. large, easy to read instruments dominate the panel, and side controls are easily accessible.
The optional color LCD screen 4.2-inch, located in the EX model among white indicators black provides route information and fair operation to the front and center of the driver’s vision. Tasteful chrome bezels in HVAC and rotating knobs and button, optional boot.
Other chrome accents, Bluetooth® cell phone use speakerphones, windows, mirrors and locks improve the quality feel of the new Forte.
A choice of leather seats, power sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control with air vents and rear seat HID lights leading to Forte to new levels of sophistication.
Other features found in the optional Premium package includes front and rear heated seats, power driver’s seat 10-way adjustable with an exclusive class air cooled ventilation, leather seats, power sunroof, alloy wheels 17 -inch and a start button with smart key plus a heated steering wheel.
The choice of HID headlights, LED taillights package, a color LCD screen 4.2-inch dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear seat ventilation.
With all this equipment, the total price of the Kia Forte LX 2014 reached $ 25.515, which puts him in a position of privilege before the competition or have less equipment or simply costs more.
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