Kia is now the proud producer of the cheapest new mid-size sedan in America, as the 2014 Forte prices start from just $15,900. You have to add an $800 destination charge to that, but still, it is an insanely reasonable price considering what you get.
The new Forte Sedan is a superb looking vehicle, for its segment at least, and even in its base version, it is packed with good features. Available trim levels include LX and EX, and the engine lineup comprises of a 1.8-liter 148-horsepower engine or a more powerful 2.0-liter 173-horsepower GDI unit.
Standard equipment on the base model include steering wheel-mounted audio controls, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth wireless technology, power windows, air conditioning and heated power-folding mirrors. There is a Popular Package available for this trim which adds 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry with remote trunk release and a sliding front armrest.
The EX models add UVO in-vehicle infotainment and telematics system, remote keyless entry with trunk opener, Rear Camera Display, a sliding center armrest and a cooling glove box. The Premium Package for this model includes heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with class-exclusive air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, 17-inch alloy wheels and push button start with Smart Key and a heated steering wheel.
- LX with a 1.8-liter engine and manual transmission: $15,900
- LX with a 1.8-liter engine and automatic transmission: $17,400
- EX with a 2.0-liter GDI powerplant and automatic transmission: $19,400
- Destination charge for all three models: $800