5 Things You Need to Know About the 2017 Kia Forte

Kia has refreshed the Forte for model year 2017 updating the design, giving the model a new powertrain and adding technology. Here’s what you need to know.

Kia says the new exterior styling is more sophisticated than the last generation’s styling. In the front potential buyers will see a new front bumper, Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille and new headlights, redesigned taillights and optional LEDs.

There’s a new engine. The 2017 Forte will feature a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder powertrain engine Kia says it has “engineered for improved fuel economy and performance, and a host of advanced convenience and driver-assistance features.”

The Forte will come in three trim levels. There’s the entry-level LX, mid-level S and top-level EX. Kia describes that the S trim level adds a sport-tuned suspension, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, rear spoiler, exclusive black cloth seats with white contrasting stitching, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a chrome exhaust tip. The EX comes standard with premium features including LED taillights, Smart Key with perimeter approach lighting and front door pocket lighting, leather seats with heated front seats, 10-way power driver seat with a two-position memory setting, dual-zone automatic temperature, rear vents, push-button start and new 17-inch alloy wheels.

Kia calls their safety technology “convenience features.” Available convenience features include Autonomous Emergency Braking, Front Collision Warning, Lane Change Warning, Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert3.

Pricing for the 2017 Forte will be announced closer to the vehicle’s on-sale date.

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