2016 KIA Forte is one of the most comprehensive compact-car
lineups in the market today. It comes as a 2-door coupe, 4-door
sedan as well as a 5-dooor hatchback.
2016 KIA Forte Exterior
All KIA Forte models are stylishly designed. The sedan rides on
15-inch steel wheels and heated mirrors with optional automatic
The Popular Plus package features 16-inch alloy wheels while
the higher trim EX is hooked up with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED
running lights, fog lights, power-folding exterior mirrors. The
top SX trims feature large front brakes, and 18-inch wheels.
2016 KIA Forte Interior
In addition to its excellent fuel economy ratings, the KIA
Forte boasts a pleasant interior. It features high quality
material and high-tech features in higher trims that can rival
premium-brand compact cars.
The sedan is offered in LX and EX trims while the hatchback is
available in EX, SX and LX which is new for 2016 model year.
The coupe is offered in EX and SX trims. The LX trim of the
sedan features a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height
adjustable driver’s seat, 60/40-split folding rear seat,
4-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port and
auxiliary audio jack.
Buyers will have an option to opt for the LX Popular Package
which adds cruise control, a 4.3 touch-screen, 6-speakers audio
system, a rear view camera and rear seat armrest. The EX comes
with all the features in LX but adds a steering wheel wrapped
in leather. There is also a EX premium package which features a
keyless ignition and entry, a sunroof, heated front seats,
leather upholstery, a navigation system, HD radio as well
KIA’s Uvo eservices telematics. Further, there’s a EX Premium
Plus package which features a 10-way power driver seat with
ventilation, heated steering wheel, an upgraded gauge cluster,
dual-zone climate control and heated and ventilated rear
seats. The EX hatchback and coupe have similar features
and equipment with the sedan while the EX and SX Premium Tech
packages offers similar features as the EX premium and Premium
When it comes to cargo space, the sedan offers 14.9 cubic feet,
hatchback 23.2 cubic feet when the rear seats are up while the
coupe offers 13.3 cubic feet. The rear seats in the sedan are
comfortable even for 6-foot adults. The coupe’s seat is mounted
high to enhance visibility for short drivers.
Engine Specs and Performance
The 2016 KIA Forte lineup comes with a choice between two
drive-trains. The base unit is the 1.8 L inline-4 which
produces 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired
with a 6-speed manual gearbox but there is an option for a
6-speed automatic system. The engine is offered in FWD.
The engine is EPA rated at 26/39/31 mpg city/highway/combined
with the automatic and 25/37/30 mpg city/highway / combined
with the manual system.
The second engine is a 2.0 L that produces 173 hp and 154 lb-ft
of torque. It is paired only to a 6-speed automatic
transmission system on the sedan and hatchback but the coupe
has a manual option. The engine is EPA rated at 24/35/28 mpg
for city/highway/combined drives while the automatic EX
hatchbacks and coupes are rated at 28 mpg combined and the
manual models at 27 mpg. The engine accelerates from 0-60 mph
in 6,8 seconds which is pretty impressive in this class and has
a top speed of 130 mph.
The SX trim of the coupe and Forte 5 feature a turbocharged 1.6
L 4-cylinder unit that produces 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque
and the engine is paired with either a 6-speed automatic or 6-
speed manual transmission system. The engine is EPA rated at
21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined for the SX hatchback and
22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined for the Coupe.
Price and release date
The 2016 KIA Forte LX sedan will be the cheapest with an MSRP
of $ 16,800 for the one with manual transmission and $ 1,700
more for the automatic one.
The EX will attract around $ 21,000 while the LX hatchback will
have a starting price of around $ 20,000 and around $ 1,600
more for the SX with turbo engine and around 22,500 for the one
with an automatic system.
The coupe’s EX trim will cost around $ 19,500 and $ 21,500 for
the SX trim. The models are expected to hit dealerships before
the end of this year.
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