The 2017 Kia Forte starts at $17,495 for the base LX and tops out at $22,195 for the range-topping EX (both prices include an $895 destination fee). For buyers who need more cargo room, there is the Forte5 hatchback, which starts from $19,095 and tops out at $24,695 (again, including the $895 destination fee). Catering to buyers looking for a low entry price, we expect the most popular Forte to be the base LX sedan, which comes standard with:
- Fifteen-inch steel wheels
- Heated mirrors
- Projector-beam headlights
- Four-speaker audio system
- Bluetooth connectivity
- USB port
- Keyless entry
The mid-range S and top-of-the-line EX add significantly to the base LX package. While the higher price might be harder to swallow, features like Kia's Apple CarPlay/Android Auto-compatible UVO infotainment system (standard on S) and the EX's available advanced safety features are worth the extra cost.
The 2017 Forte’s standard powertrain is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque and works alongside a standard six-speed manual transmission. Buyers can swap the stick for a six-speed automatic transmission for an extra $1,000.
The EX trim gains a standard 164-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Forte5 starts with the more potent 164-hp 2.0-liter engine in the LX and EX trims. For those looking for a little more zip, there is the SX model. What we'd call a warm hatch, rather than a totally hot one, the Forte5 gets a 201-hp 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (a six-speed manual is a $2,200 option) alongside a number of aesthetic enhancements.