NEW FOR 2010:

– All-new model

An all-new model, the Forte replaces the Spectra in Kia’s lineup. It is available as a four-door sedan or as a two-door coupe, called the Forte Koup.

The Forte is available with a choice of two four-cylinder engines: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder with five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic, and a 2.4-litre four-cylinder with six-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic. Both automatics come with manual shift mode.

The sedan comes as the LX and EX, with the 2.0-litre, and the SX, with 2.4-litre. The Koup is available as the EX, with 2.0-litre, and SX with 2.4-litre.

Features on the LX sedan include 15-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, body-colour door handles and rear garnish, front and rear mud guards, power locks, CD/MP3 stereo with wheel-mounted audio controls, four speakers, auxiliary and USB input, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows with driver’s express-down, dual front console power outlets, centre console with storage compartment, variable intermittent wipers, map light with sunglasses holder, Eco-Minder indicator, driver’s height adjuster, tilt wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, rear centre armrest with cupholders, and active front head restraints. Air conditioning and keyless entry can be added as options.

The EX sedan and Koup add 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, mirrors with integrated turn signals, chrome door handles and rear garnish, keyless entry, six speakers, cruise control, front wiper de-icer, illuminated ignition, heated seats, tilt and telescopic wheel, electronic stability control, and traction control. A power sunroof can be added as an option.

The SX sedan and Koup add 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, sport-tuned suspension, fog lamps, power sunroof, Supervision instrument cluster, Sirius satellite radio, trip computer, heated leather seats, leather-wrapped wheel, metallic colour interior inserts, and alloy sport pedals.

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