Join our new host, Jessi Lang, as she reviews the 2010 Kia Forte. The 2010 Forte is one of many in the small economy sedan segment, but it seems to bring a lot more bang for your buck. The exterior is well-styled, without any lines or angles that feel out of place. On the interior, you get standards that are frequently extra cost with other manufacturers; Bluetooth, an AUX jack, voice activation, steering wheel controls for audio, and Siruis radio all come standard on the Forte.
We tested the Forte’s EX model. It is paired to a 2.0L engine with 156 horsepower @ 6,200 rmp and 144 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. If you want a little more pep, you should opt for the Forte’s SX model, with a 2.4L engine that produces 173 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 168 lb-ft of torque at 4,000. With our engine option we got very good mileage stats, with the averages at 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.
Base price for the Kia Forte starts at a low $13,695. Our tester, the EX, started at $16,800 and came nowhere near $20,000 with the add-ons, topping out at an affordable $18,090.