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Kia Forte, Kia, Car Buying, Coupe, Sedan
Feb 13, 2013 (4:49 am)
Very impressive looking in the 5 door but still think the Elantra GT is the best looking in this segment followed closely by the Focus and I've got a feeling that the Hyundai will be a bit less expensive to buy. From what I've heard, Ford deleted the SEL hatch from the lineup...and that's the one I really liked last year. I saw one at the dealer very well optioned along with a power leather seat which blew me away in that seafoam color...a very striking looking vehicle! I was really blown away by it and decided then and there that the Focus hatch is more attractive than the sedan. Both of these seem to be in the rental fleets we service in large quantities so gotta feeling that the used car market will be flooded with them in the near future. I'd bet that after a car has about 25k on it, the company's dump 'em into the used market which can only bring the prices down on these puppies. Probably are a very good bargain for a shopper who has no problem driving an ex-rental. I know that I treat each car just like I do my personal vehicle but I'm betting most folk don't give a crap and really abuse them. I'm finding many of them really nasty inside before they're cleaned up so I can just imagine how they drive 'em...forget the break in period! But the rental companies do an excellent job of cleaning and maintaining these vehicles. Even the cars I've driven with mileage in the teens and twenty's drive straight and true with no excessive tire wear and perfect alignments. So if someone has no problem buying these used, a screaming deal can probably be had!
#15 of 37 Re: Impressive [sandman_6472]
Feb 13, 2013 (7:04 am)
not sure if this would apply in your case, but one of the major complaints on the Focus has been the rear legroom. Here is how they stack up:
Focus - front 41.9", rear 33.2"
Elantra GT - front 42", rear 34.6"
new Forte 5-dr - front 42.2", rear 35.9"
This also equates for passenger volume to:
Focus - 90.7 cu. ft.
Elantra GR - 96.1 cu. ft.
new Forte 5-dr - 98.2 cu. ft.
Feb 14, 2013 (4:17 pm)
the 2014 Forte Koup will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show at the end of March.
#17 of 37 US MSRP for 2014 Forte sedan
Mar 20, 2013 (7:24 am)
Forte sedan LX 1.8L MT - $15,900
Forte sedan LX 1.8L AT - $17,400
Forte sedan EX 2.0L AT - $19,400
Delivery - $800
17" alloys for EX - $300
Popular Package for LX auto only - $900
- 16" Alloy wheels
- P205/55 R16 tires
- Remote keyless entry with trunk opener
- Cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls
- Tweeter speakers
- Knit and Tricot cloth seat trim
- Sliding armrest (vs. non-sliding on center console)
- Rear center armrest with cup holders
- Soft touch front upper door panels
- Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
- Outside mirrors with turn signal indicators
- Front passenger seat back map pocket
- Illuminated ignition keylock cylinder
- Map light
- Sunglass holder
Premium Package for EX and requires 17" alloys - $2,600
- Power sunroof
- Leather seat trim
- 10-way power adjustable driver's seat with two memory presets
- Ventilated driver's seat
- Heated front seats
- Heated rear seats bottom
- Heated steering wheel
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror with Homelink®
- Push-button start with Smart Key
- Illuminated outside door handle pockets
- Puddle lamp (under outside mirrors)
Premium Package on EX, requires 17" alloys - $2,300
- Navigation with HD Radio technology
- Supervision meter cluster with 4.2" TFT color LCD display (inside the meter cluster)
- HID headlights
- Dual-zone automatic temperature control with center console rear vents
- LED taillights
#18 of 37 Re: US MSRP for 2014 Forte sedan [conwelpic]
Mar 20, 2013 (6:34 pm)
A lot of bang for the buck here...and the vehicle looks good also! Looks like Kia is going to have a winner here folks!
Mar 21, 2013 (4:00 pm)
The LX with the Popular Package for $900 looks like a very good value. $17,600 + TTL if you stir your own gears. That's a nice price for a well-equipped, brand new 2014.
#20 of 37 Re: Forte Pricing [dodgeman07]
Mar 21, 2013 (4:22 pm)
Alas, you can't get the Popular Package with a stick. So if you want a Forte with even basic (for today) stuff like remote locking, you need to get the slushbox.
For the same money as the LX with Popular Package, I'll take the Elantra GT, no options, for about the same money any day... 6MT, heated seats, fogs, adjustable steering, and hatchback versatility. Same engine as the Forte LX.
#21 of 37 Re: Forte Pricing [backy]
Mar 21, 2013 (5:38 pm)
Pulled up next to a new Elantra GT and the car is a looker, no doubt about it and much better looking than the Veloster. Hyundai/Kia seems to be on a roll lately making handsome vehicles that customers want to buy...a great position to be in. And the warranty helps as my wife who knows next to nothing about a car knows about the long warranty Hyundai/Kia products have so their advertising buck is definitely paying off big time. And their vehicles, besides looking really nice, are a blast to drive! They are "fun" vehicles with a little edge which is going over big time with the public. Personally, the new Civic looks a bit bland compared to the Korean offerings, kinda old looking and Honda played it a bit conservative in 2012 & 2013. And the Hyundai/Kia vehicles give that youthful impression that used to be exclusively Honda territory. The Forte looks so similar to the Ford Fusion to my eyes...like a mini Fusion just as the new Sentra reminds me of a mini Altima. Similar to what Toyota has been doing for a few years.
#22 of 37 Re: Forte Pricing [backy]
Mar 21, 2013 (10:20 pm)
Ouch! I see that now.
Oh well, I agree the "normal" options for a new car in 2013 pretty much require the Popular Pkg. I can't imagine not having cruise control and keyless entry.
I really like what I've heard about the new Forte. Particularly the "quietness" of the 2014 model. I'm sure some of the techniques used to quell noise will be passed along to other Hyundai/Kia models in their next generation.
#23 of 37 2014 Forte sedan - Canadian MSRP
Mar 26, 2013 (10:57 am)
LX MT - $15,995
LX AT - $18,695
LX+AT - $19,995
LX+AT sunroof - $20,895
EX MT - $20,695
EX AT - $21,895
EX AT sunroof - $22,795
SX AT - $26,195
if anyone wants more details on the specs, just let me know