Kia Forte Refreshed for 2015 After 2014 Redesign
Coming on the heels of a complete redesign in 2014, the 2015 Kia Forte gets a refresh which includes a host of standard premium features not commonly found among its competitors in the compact sedan market. In addition to added features, Kia added structural reinforcements that not only reduce cabin noise, but have earned the Forte an NHTSA 5-star safety rating.
The front-wheel drive Forte is available in two trim levels featuring two engine choices. The LX comes standard with a 1.8-liter engine delivering 145 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque through a standard 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic. Also standard on the LX:
- Steering wheel mounted audio controls
- SiriusXM satellite radio
- Bluetooth wireless technology
- Power heated outside mirrors
The optional Popular Package adds cruise control, keyless entry with remote trunk release and a sliding front armrest. Other LX options include: 16-inch alloy wheels, UVO eServices Telematics and a Rear Camera Display.
- Kia’s next-generation UVO eServices Telematics system
- Remote keyless entry with trunk opener
- Rear Camera Display
- A sliding center armrest and a cooling glove box
The optional Premium Package adds heated front and rear seats, a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with air-cooled ventilation, leather seat trim, power sunroof, push button start with Smart Key, and a heated steering wheel. The Technology Package adds navigation, HID headlights, LED tail lights, and dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear seat ventilation.
The Forte falls between the sub-compact Rio and best-selling Optima in the Kia line-up and seats a family-friendly five passengers.