2010 Kia Forte  -  $14,390

Vehicle Details

MSRP: $14,390
Base Invoice: $14,125
Destination Charge: $695
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 28 | City: 25 | Hwy: 34
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission w/OD
Engine: 2.0L DOHC CVVT I4 Theta 2 engine


Aggressively stylish blend of comfort and practicality; a 21st Century compact sedan; numerous standard features not normally offered on a small car; one of the roomiest interiors in its class.

Model Highlights

Built on a unibody frame, the 2010 Forte offers an independent front suspension, with MacPherson struts and a stabilizer bar, and a torsion beam rear suspension with struts and coil springs. This combination provides an optimal balance of handling and comfort not normally found in a compact sedan.

The 2010 Forte is available in three trims: the base LX, the mid-level EX and the sporty SX. The LX and EX come standard with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that delivers 156 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 144 pounds-feet of torque at 4300 rpm. Both trims come standard with a 5-speed manual or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. The sporty SX has a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine that makes 173 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 168 pounds-feet of torque at 4000 rpm. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the SX while a 5-speed automatic is available. Manual shift modes are standard on all automatic transmissions. All trims are front-wheel drive.

Standard safety equipment includes active front headrests, advanced 2-stage airbags (front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags), 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

A Fuel Economy package is available for the EX's 2.0L engine and 5-speed automatic transmission combination. It utilizes Kia's Motor Drive electric power steering system and low-rolling resistance tires as well as some body kit to boost the Forte's fuel economy rating to 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway.

All trims come standard with Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite Radio, auxiliary input jack, steering wheel audio controls and voice activation. The EX adds air conditioning and power accessories. The SX adds fog lamps, upgraded upholstery and trim, 17-inch alloy tires, rear spoiler and a sport-tuned suspension that gives the chassis a firmer feel and responsiveness. Also standard on the SX is a telescoping steering column and sport cloth seats adorned with red stitching.

A Convenience Package, which includes air conditioning, is available for the base LX. Other options available on the EX and SX include a power sunroof and leather seats.

Model News

Intended as the replacement for the Kia Spectra, the brand new Kia Forte presents a new set of styling cues for Kia, suggesting clean European lines that are both sporty and upscale. Kia has endowed the Forte with a long list of uplevel standard features, intending it to compete with the established Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

Value Writeup

The Forte first debuted in Korea in 2009, and is priced to be as affordable as the Spectra but with more standard features. A tall roof and wide body make the Forte comfortable for passengers who are 6-foot-6, while two adults can easily get in the back seats. Forte boasts 96.8 cubic feet of passenger volume and 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space, some of the best in its class. The Forte competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Mazda3. Mileage is estimated at 25 mpg city and 34 mpg on the highway. MSRP for the base LX starts at $13,695.

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

EPA Classification

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
28 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
465.80 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4


SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300

Trans Type

Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD

First Gear Ratio (:1)

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

Reverse Ratio (:1)

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

Passenger Capacity

Passenger Volume
96.8 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
37.8 in

Second Leg Room
35.0 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.7 in

Second Hip Room
53.3 in

104.3 in

Length, Overall
178.3 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

Trunk Volume
14.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2707 lbs

Suspension Type - Front

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut

Front Tire Size

Rear Tire Size

Front Wheel Size
15 x 5.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 5.5 in

Front Wheel Material

Rear Wheel Material

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
33.8 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

Frontal Driver

Frontal Passenger

Side Driver

Side Rear Passenger

Crash Test Note
Results based on a 35 MPH frontal crash and 38.5 MPH side crash. Results are reported in a range of one to five stars, with five stars indicating the best crash protection for vehicles within the same weight class. This test used driver and passenger belts and airbags.

NHTSA Rollover Rating

Rollover Note
The Rollover Resistance Rating is an estimate of your risk of rolling over if you have a single vehicle crash. It does not predict the likelihood of that crash. 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. The more "top-heavy" the vehicle, the more likely it is to roll over. The lowest rated vehicles (1-star) are at least four times more likely to roll over than the highest rated vehicles (5-stars).

5-speed manual transmission w/OD

2.0L DOHC CVVT I4 Theta 2 engine

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension

Torsion beam rear suspension

Front/rear stabilizer bars

Speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering

Ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes

15" steel wheels w/full covers

P195/65R15 tires

Body-color bumpers

Auto on/off halogen Headlamps

Body-color mirrors

Tinted glass w/windshield sunshade band

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, UBS port, (4) speakers

SIRIUS satellite radio *Includes free (3) month trial subscription*

Bluetooth hands-free link

Cloth front bucket seats w/active headrests

Fixed rear bench seat

Center console w/cup holders & storage

Tilt steering wheel

EcoMinder fuel efficiency monitor


Rear window defroster

Dual 12V pwr outlets

Dual visor vanity mirrors

4-wheel anti-lock brakes

Brake assist

Electronic brake force distribution

Electronic stability control w/traction control

Front/rear crumple zones

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

Rear child safety door locks














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