March 23rd, 2013 by Steve Cypher

Kia Motors America announces pricing for the all new 2014 Forte sedan with the lowest base price in the segment

Value has long been a hallmark of the Kia brand, and the all-new 2014 Kia Forte sedan is no exception as it will carry the lowest starting MSRP in the compact segment at $15,900, plus $800 in destination charges. The lower, longer and wider Forte will offer a sportier and more upscale design, better performance, greater interior space and a wider array of premium amenities than its predecessor when it goes on sale within the next 30 days. 

Offered in LX and EX variants, the Forte will be propelled by either an efficient 1.8-liter 148-horsepower engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter 173-horsepower GDI unit.  Fuel economy for the 2.0-liter powerplant is 24 miles per gallon city/36 highway/28 combined (2).

“The all-new Forte offers our customers world-class design with plenty of refinement and an abundance of amenities, all at a tremendous value,” said Tom Loveless, executive vice president of sales, KMA.  “With its sleek and sporty profile, two new powertrains and redesigned, driver-centric cockpit, the Forte is primed to become a standout in the very competitive compact segment.”

The 2014 Forte is offered in three models:  LX with a 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission starting at $15,900; LX with a 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission with a base price of $17,400 (1); and EX with a 2.0-liter GDI powerplant and automatic transmission beginning at $19,4001.

The destination charge for all three models is an additional $800.

As the star of Kia’s popular “Hot Bots” Super Bowl ad this year, the all-new Forte represents one of the best small car technology values on the road.  Slotted between the Rio sub-compact sedan and the best-selling Optima mid-size sedan, the all-new Forte arrives with class-up amenities and an all new chassis.

Unexpected Premium Features

Offered in LX and EX trim levels, the all-new Forte proudly carries on Kia’s reputation for offering premium features that redefine automotive segments.

The base LX model comes standard with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, power windows, air conditioning and heated power-folding mirrors among the many features that make the Forte stand out from its competition. The optional Popular Package (LX A/T only) adds 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry with remote trunk release and a sliding front armrest.

Stepping up to the EX trim brings a more robust 2.0-liter GDI engine with Sportmatic shifting and broadens Forte’s appeal with additional comfort and convenience features.  Kia’s next-generation UVO in-vehicle infotainment and telematics system with eServices is standard and can now be integrated with an optional navigation system.  Additional standard EX features include remote keyless entry with trunk opener, Rear Camera Display, a sliding center armrest and a cooling glove box.  The new optional FlexSteer system allows the driver to choose between three distinct steering profiles:

Comfort, Normal and Sport.  Features found on the optional Premium Package include heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with class-exclusive air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and push button start with Smart Key and a heated steering wheel.  Opting for the Technology Package, adds HID headlights, LED tail lights, a 4.2-inch color LCD cluster screen and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear center ventilation.

(1) Starting at price is manufacturer’s suggested retail price. MSRP is $15,900 for LX model with manual transmission. MSRP is $17,400 for LX model with automatic transmission. MSRP is $19,400 for EX model with automatic transmission. MSRP excludes destination and handling, taxes, title, license fees, options and retailer charges. Actual prices set by retailer and may vary.

(2) EPA figures are estimated for the 2.0-liter powerplant. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition. MPG fuel economy ratings for the 1.8-liter engine (A/T and M/T) will be available closer to launch.

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