Kia’s 2014 Forte Sedan looks a whole lot better than its predecessor, but you won’t have to spend much more to score one: Kia says that the new Forte Sedan will start at $16,700, just $525 more than the 2013 model.
That $16,700 will get you a base-level Forte LX, which comes with a 1.8-liter I-4 engine making 148 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is a $1500 option, but Bluetooth and SiriusXM satellite radio are not: both are standard features, as are air conditioning, power windows and locks, and heated power folding mirrors. Customers who buy the LX with the automatic transmission can also add the popular package, which adds alloy wheels (16-inchers), keyless entry, and cruise control.
Shell out $20,200 for the top-spec EX sedan, and you’ll get a 2.0-liter I-4 making 173 horsepower mated to a standard six-speed automatic. It also includes Kia’s UVO infotainment/telematics—from there you can add features like navigation and a rear-view camera. The optional premium package includes a power-adjustable, heated and cooled driver’s seat; heated passenger’s seats; a sunroof; 17-inch alloys; a heated steering wheel; and passive entry/ignition. The optional technology package also adds high-intensity discharge headlights, LED taillights, and dual-zone automatic climate control. Pricing for the premium and technology packages hasn’t been announced yet.
Going back to the LX, the base price of $16,700 gives the 2014 Forte Sedan the lowest base price of any compact sedan on the market. The only competitor that comes close is the 2013 Dodge Dart SE sedan, although it should be noted that the Dart doesn’t have air conditioning or power locks at that price (you’ll need to add the $995 value group package for that). From there, base prices range from $16,995 for the 2013 Ford Focus sedan to $18,955 for the refreshed 2013 Honda Civic sedan.
Is the 2014 Forte Sedan’s new style and low price enough to warrant a look? Let us know what you think.
All prices include destination charges.
|Kia Forte||$ 16,700||1.8-liter I-4||148||six-speed manual|
|Dodge Dart||$ 16,790||2.0-liter I-4||160||six-speed manual|
|Ford Focus||$ 16,995||2.0-liter I-4||160||five-speed manual|
|Toyota Corolla||$ 17,025||1.8-liter I-4||132||five-speed manual|
|Mazda 3||$ 17,495||2.0-liter I-4||148||five-speed manual|
|Hyundai Elantra||$ 17,760||1.8-liter I-4||148||six-speed manual|
|Chevrolet Cruze||$ 17,940||1.8-liter I-4||138||six-speed manual|
|Honda Civic||$ 18,955||1.8-liter I-4||140||five-speed manual|