Kia’s well-received compact Forte is already in line for more enhancements after only being in production for one model year. The sedan and Koup models both receive new 6-speed transmissions with the automatic now controllable through steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Other new items include LED daytime running lights, and the option to add an in-dash navigation system. Also joining the Forte lineup this year is the all-new sporty 5-door hatch. It will share powertrains with the other two (2.0- and 2.4-liter inline-4s) but will feature a lower road stance, new grille, new lower valance and alloy wheels. Interior-wise, the 5-door introduces a revised center console, and pushbutton ignition in addition to the other updates.Read more
2011 Kia Forte 5-door News, Reviews and Awards
We saw the Kia Forte five-door at the 2010 New York International Auto Show back in April, and now we know when to look for it in dealerships. The handsome hatchback will be available this fall, according to the Upcoming Vehicles section of Kia's website. Handsomely penned, like the rest of the Forte line, the 2010 Forte five-door will be the most versatile variant.
Pricing is expected to follow the four-door's paradigm closely, which means significant value. Bluetooth is standard, and so is auxiliary/MP3 capability. The EX trim-level Forte five-door will have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 156 horsepower and both automatic and manual transmissions are six-speed units. The SX models get a 2.4-liter 173 hp four-cylinder and 17-inch wheels. With the arrival of this sharp little wagon, Kia's Forte covers all the common form-factors. Prospective buyers can sign up at Kia's website to be notified when the car officially goes on sale, as well as get other updates from Kia. Thanks for the tip, Jeremy!