2011 Kia Forte 5-Door  -  $17,590

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $17,590
Base Invoice: $16,785
Destination Charge: $695
Options: $0
Trim: 5dr HB Man EX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 29 | City: 25 | Hwy: 34
Body Style: 5dr HB Man EX
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L DOHC MPI CVVT I4 engine


Fuel economy; standard Bluetooth connectivity; safety features; extensive warranty

Model Highlights

The Forte now comes in three different body styles--Forte sedan, Forte Koup (2-door coupe) and Forte 5-door (hatchback)--as well as three different trims: LX, EX and SX. Forte sedans are the only body style to be offered in all three body styles, while Forte Koup and Forte 5-door models can be had only in EX or SX trim.

All Forte models are powered by either a 156-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine or by a 173-hp, 2.4L 4-cylinder engine.. Both engines have continuously variable valve timing to aid in responsiveness and fuel economy. Both engines can now be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. LX models come with the manual standard and automatic available, while all EX models come with the automatic transmission. Sporty SX models can be had with either transmission.

Fuel Economy is good in the Forte regardless of which model, but Fortes optioned with the Fuel Economy Package get low-rolling-resistance silica tires along with aerodynamic enhancements to yield EPA ratings of 27 mpg city, 37 highway.

With the back seats up in position, there's a respectable 14.7 cubic feet of space in the Forte sedan, but the Forte 5-door offers 19.4 cubic feet. With more noise insulation than is typical in this class, the Forte feels quiet and refined inside at anything but full throttle. Leather upholstery and heated seats are available on the SX, also helping to bring an upscale feel.

Kia has paid extra attention to the Forte's ride and handling, combining a very stiff body with a conventional but well-tuned small-car setup, with MacPherson struts in front and a torsion bar in back; most Forte models come with an engine-speed-sensitive hydraulic power-steering system, but EX models with the Fuel Economy Package come with electric power steering. SX models, in addition to the more powerful engine, get a 'performance-tuned' suspension along with upgraded brakes.

All Forte models include a 4-speaker sound system with Sirius Satellite Radio capability and a 3-month subscription. Other standard features include Bluetooth connectivity with steering-wheel controls, and a USB connector. SX models also get expanded equipment, including larger alloy wheels, fog lamps, sport seats, leather steering-wheel and shift-knob trim, a special Supervision gauge cluster and tilt/telescopic steering adjustment.

Kia doesn't at all skimp on safety features in the 2011 Forte either; front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side-curtain bags, active front headrests, electronic stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are all standard.

Model News

For 2011, an all-new 5-door hatchback, called the Forte 5-Door, joins the lineup, which last year consisted of a 4-door Forte sedan and 2-door Forte Koup. Also, an all-new 6-speed automatic transmission replaces the 4- and 5-speed automatics previously offered--improving fuel economy slightly--and a new 6-speed manual replaces the 5-speed. Otherwise, the Kia Forte lineup returns for 2011 with few changes, although steering-wheel paddle-shifters are now offered on all Forte SX models.

Value Writeup

According to Kia, the Forte sedan has one of the roomiest interiors in its class--as well as one of the best-equipped cabins. Kia also claims to have one of the most advanced sound systems available which includes speed-dependent volume compensation to automatically increase the volume at higher speeds and Power Bass. The Forte is also covered by one of the most extensive warranties in the business, which includes ten years or 100,000 miles on powertrain components, five years or 60,000 miles limited warranty on the entire vehicle and five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance.

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

EPA Classification
Compact Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
34 MPG

Cruising Range - City
342.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
25 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
29 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
465.80 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

Total Cooling System Capacity
6.4 qts

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
97.5 ft³

Front Head Room
40.0 in

Front Leg Room
43.3 in

Front Shoulder Room
55.7 in

Front Hip Room
53.0 in

Second Head Room
38.4 in

Second Leg Room
35.0 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.7 in

Second Hip Room
53.3 in

104.3 in

Length, Overall
170.9 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.9 in

Height, Overall
57.5 in

Track Width, Front
61.3 in

Track Width, Rear
61.6 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.9 in

Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up
19.4 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2781 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Spare Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
16 x 6.0 in

Rear Wheel Size
16 x 6.0 in

Spare Wheel Size
Compact in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Spare Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
33.9 ft

Brake Type

Brake ABS System

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.0 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.3 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
13.7 gal

Basic Years

Basic Miles/km

Drivetrain Years

Drivetrain Miles/km

Corrosion Years

Corrosion Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Years

Roadside Assistance Miles/km

Roadside Assistance Note
24-hour roadside assistance

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Frontal crash test results are valid for 2011 model year vehicles manufactured before July 2, 2010.

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Due to the intrusion of the rear door during the side impact barrier test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing high resultant lower spine acceleration of 89 g's. High resultant lower spine accelerations in excess of 82 g's have a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.

2.0L DOHC MPI CVVT I4 engine

6-speed manual transmission

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, monotube shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

Torsion beam rear suspension -inc: coil springs, monotube shock absorbers

Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering

Ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes

16" alloy wheels

205/55R16 tires

Clear-lens headlamps w/auto-off

Body-color pwr mirrors w/integrated turn signals

Solar tinted glass w/shade band

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, USB port, (6) speakers

SIRIUS satellite radio -inc: 3-month trial subscription

Bluetooth hands-free link -inc: steering wheel controls

Front bucket seats w/active headrests -inc: 6-way manual driver seat

60/40 split-folding rear bench seat w/adjustable headrests

Cloth seat trim

Center console w/armrest & storage

Front/rear carpeted floor mats

Tilt steering wheel w/audio & cruise control


Trip computer

Pwr windows

Pwr door locks

Remote keyless entry

Cruise control

Fuel door, hood & trunk remote release

Air conditioning

Rear window defroster

Front/rear cup holders

Dual 12V pwr outlets

Front door map pockets w/bottle holders

Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors

Sunglass holder

Map lights

Cargo area light

Fold-flat cargo floor w/storage

4-wheel anti-lock brakes

Brake assist

Electronic brake force distribution

Electronic stability control w/traction control

Front/rear crumple zones

5-MPH bumpers

Side impact door beams

Dual front advanced airbags -inc: passenger switch

Front seat side mounted airbags

Full-length side curtain airbags

3-point height-adjustable front seat belts w/pretensioners & force limiters

3-point rear seat belts

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system

Impact-absorbing steering column

Internal emergency trunk release

Rear child safety door locks














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