The 2014 Kia Forte 5-door made it’s debut at the Chicago Auto Show with two trim levels, two engine options and a host of premium features.
The base model EX will come with a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder with 173 horsepower and 154 lb.-ft. of torque with a 6-speed automatic transmission. If you’re looking for a little more power, then you can opt for the SX with a 1.6-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder that’ll give you 201 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque.
The Kia Forte 5-Door SX also offers a choice of gears. You can opt for a standard 6-speed manual transmission, or a 6-speed automatic featuring steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
A host of standard features on the EX includes 16-inch alloy wheels, wireless Bluetooth, SiriusXM satellite radio and LED positioning headlights with fog lights. Moving up to the SX gets you 18-inch alloy wheels and dual chrome exhaust tips and a more aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings.
In the back, the Kia Forte 5-Door has a rear hatch glass that opens to 23.2 cubic feet of cargo space. It’s also got LED tail lights to complement the upscale interior.
Expect to see the Kia Forte 5-Door in your local showroom at the end of 2013.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. When not drooling over cars, Nicole writes for Wired’s GeekMom.