2017 Kia Forte – The Kia Forte looks more handsome and finely detailed for 2017, along with even better-equipped for the money, although its tight packaging and lackluster safety scores will probably remain issues.
2017 Kia Forte Review
The 2017 Kia Forte includes a family of compact cars, with several distinct body styles and powertrains. An extroverted design, a nimble driving style, and a worth-centric feature set are common points among them, and what helps this nameplate stand out in a tightly competitive segment of the marketplace.
2017 Kia Forte Redesign
Up until now, the Forte hasn’t quite managed the super-refined sweet spot establish by the latest Optima mid-size sedan and Sorento and Sportage crossovers. Yet Kia appears to be searching for a little more synergy between the Forte and that other sucessful modelsbringing a new direct-injection engine to some of the line, a sportier Forte S version, and a brand new package of active safety features to the lineup.
2017 Kia Forte Exterior
On this 2017 model, the headlight isn’t quite as tall, and the whole inboard edge of the headlight meets the grille. It gives the car a much better look, but that isn’t all that changes up front. For the most part, the hood has stayed the same. It’s able to sit a bit lower on the sides thanks to the facts the headlights aren’t as fat. Those headlights, by the way, still wrap around the front end, terminating on the fenders. Down under, the fascia has been transformed dramatically. The fog lights are moved inward and sit next to the air dam. It should be noted that those fog lights are somewhat bigger too. Now that the fog lights are moved inward, Kia added a small air vent on each corner, giving the front end a considerably sportier look.
To the side, there isn’t a whole lot of change to speak of. The mirrors, doors, and that wide V body line on the lower part of doors are all indistinguishable to the 2016 model. The wrapping around taillights are more curved and have more of a clear lens, but that’s about the extent of changes on the side.
To the back, there are small changes. The deck lids have a somewhat more pronounced lip, and the tail lights have a double-layered appearance to them. Down below, a modest body line has been added to the corners, giving way to a sportier rear end, and the reflectors have been dropped down a little. The insert on the underparts of the rear fascia has a straight edge on top, and the exhaust outlet is currently oval-shaped instead of round.
2017 Kia Forte Features
If you go past the base trim, you’ll receive an updated seven-inch touchscreen that can be accessed through various buttons on the steering wheel. Android users are still the only chosen ones in regards to iPhone connectivity, but Apple CarPlay is on its way.
Safety and its technologies are consistently ever-present for the Kia brand. Blind Spot Detection is typical in the EX-high-end and upward trims, but if you go up to the top of the line SX variant, the Forte receives Automatic Emergency Brake, Lane Departure Warning, and Lane Keep Assist. All of these systems offer automated support for the driver, either breaking them or steering them back in the lane. As a bonus, SX buyers receive a navigation system; Dynamic Bending Lighting that angles the light around corners at night; as well as a smart trunk release that activates after standing behind it for three seconds
2017 Kia Forte Engine
For 2017, the 1.8-liter inline four is now gone from the lineup. The Forte still offers two different engines; they’re both 2.0-liter fours, but that’s where the similarities end. Forte LX and S models get a 2.0-liter iron-block inline four, while EX models come with a 2.0-liter four that’s an aluminum block and direct injection. Power figures haven’t yet been finalized. The 2.0-liter that’s been carried over to LX and S versions made 173 hp this past year; Kia says that the new engine will bring improved performance and fuel economy, but-but don’t be surprised if the EX variant and its new technology engine make about the same power.
The 2017 Kia Forte gets a six-speed automatic transmission for most of the lineup, although a six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base LX (with a six-speed automatic optional).
In recent drives, the front wheel drive Forte’s drivetrain manages to remind us of some of the better 1990s-era compact cars, with its four-cylinder engine quite rev-content and largely shaking-free, yet rather noisy occasionally. Additionally, it manages pretty well, albeit with a little more firmness (and harshness) than some other sports competitors like the Mazda 3 or Ford Focus without an obvious payoff in handling or athleticism. The suspension tunes out some pavement coarseness, but irregularities still ring into the cabin, and there’s more of a din at highway speeds than is now typical for this type.
S versions stand out dynamically for their sport-tuned suspension. Meanwhile, the S and EX versions (or the LX with the Popular Bundle) now come with Drive Mode Select, which lets you choose from Normal, Eco, or Sports modes, changing powertrain responsiveness and steering feel.
2017 Kia Forte Price
Pricing for the new Kia Forte starts from $16,490, which accounts for a $500 increase compared to the previous version. For this sum, you get the LX trim with the manual transmission. For the same version with the automatic, the deal increases to $17,500. Moving up to the Forte S will require at least $19,200 before alternatives, while the range-topping Forte EX costs $21,200.
2017 Kia Forte Video
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