2014 Kia Forte Koup: Photo Gallery

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The sedan and hatchback versions of Kia's compact Forte were redesigned for 2014; a new coupe, or Koup in Kia lingo, also joins the roster this year. The new Forte Koup mirrors its siblings' newfound flashy styling, fitting right into the lineup.

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Base EX and sporty SX models are available. The EX uses a 173-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder; uplevel SX versions get a little more oomph from a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. Check out the gallery below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears. 

By Jennifer Geiger | March 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

Kia to Unveil Crossover Concept, Superman Car at 2013 Chicago Auto Show

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Kia's showing in Chicago next week will be a mix of concept, in the Kia Cross GT, and just plain conceptual, in its Superman-inspired Optima Hybrid. Both cars are set to be unveiled at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 9-18 at McCormick Place.

Kia released a sneak peak of the Cross GT concept this morning. The photo shows what appears to be a seven-seat crossover larger than the 2014 Kia Sorento. Kia describes the Cross GT concept as "inspired by nature, driven by technology" and stated that it "hints at the future of Kia’s design language in the form of a premium Crossover Utility Vehicle." We’ll have full coverage of the concept next week from the show.

By Matt Schmitz | January 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

Kia Pushes Incentives on Old Models

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Kia seems to be playing second fiddle in the U.S. to its Korean cousin, Hyundai, which sells nearly 50% more vehicles in America than Kia, and the automaker is growing more quickly. So it’s not surprising to see Kia offer plenty of incentives compared with Hyundai’s offers, which we detailed Tuesday.

Kia is offering either big cash or low financing deals across its entire lineup. New vehicles — like the Forte and the Soul, two relatively affordable compacts we’ve praised — see a combination of both. There’s $1,000 cash back on the 2010 Forte, which hasn’t been a sales success. The 2010 Sedona has $3,000 cash back, the largest discount for any minivan right now. Even the revised 2011 Sedona gets up to $2,500 cash back.

By Colin Bird | December 23, 2010 | Comments (0)

Cars.com Podcast: 2010 Suzuki Kizashi, 2010 Kia Forte Koup

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Some automakers use the letter K when they don’t need to, like Kia with its odd spelling of the Forte Koup. Others, like Suzuki, use it to inspire bellowing out a name, like with Kizashi. Cars.com editors David Thomas and Joe Wiesenfelder explain why both cars are remarkable in their own special way.  

You can download the podcast via iTunes here or click the play button below.

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By David Thomas | January 8, 2010 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2010 Kia Forte Koup

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With its attention to styling and interior quality, the 2010 Kia Forte Koup will try to make a pass at the compact-car-buying crowd, but it faces some tough competitors like the Honda Civic. Will Kia be able to make a dent in the average consumer’s consciousness? Cars.com reviewer David Thomas slipped into a Forte Koup to render a verdict on this question.

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By Stephen Markley | December 15, 2009 | Comments (9)

2010 Kia Forte Koup Video

The 2010 Kia Forte Koup is so close to its competitors in cost that the decision to buy it might come down to a number of individual features. Cars.com reviewer David Thomas takes you through some of those features in this video. He explains how Kia has upgraded its styling, inside and out, to deliver a sharp–looking car. Check out the video for more specifics and also to hear why he kept stalling the Koup in traffic.

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By Stephen Markley | December 11, 2009 | Comments (7)

Cars.com Podcast: Quick Drives

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The editors drove a ton of upcoming new models at a recent rally, including the 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 hybrid, the 2010 Mazda Mazdaspeed3, 2010 Kia Forte Koup and the 2009 Infiniti G37 convertible. That’s a lot of new metal to test out and Joe Bruzek, Mike Hanley and Joe Wiesenfelder give the details in this week’s podcast.

You can download the podcast via iTunes here or simply hit the play button below to listen in your browser.

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By David Thomas | October 19, 2009 | Comments (0)

2010 Kia Forte Koup: Up Close

When Kia unveiled the Forte Koup a couple hours ago amid a sea of luxury fluff, questionable designs and face-lifted-for-2010 models at the New York auto show, it was the first car to leave me impressed and without reservations. Kia has thus far avoided this year’s industry-wide sales collapse, and the Forte coupe is proof positive that the brand with kitschy press conferences and stupid-inexpensive cars has what it takes to weather this downturn.

By Kelsey Mays | April 9, 2009 | Comments (13)

2010 Kia Forte Koup at 2009 New York Auto Show

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  • Competes with: Honda Civic coupe, Ford Focus coupe, Chevy Cobalt coupe
  • Looks like: Kia is going to be a real player in the compact segment
  • Drivetrain: 156-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with CVT, or 173-hp, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with six-speed manual or five-speed automatic
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2009

Kia debuted its new Forte sedan at February’s Chicago auto show, and we knew a two-door variant was on the way. Today, the company unveiled that coupe, calling it the Forte Koup. We’re not sure why automakers feel the need to mess with the English language, but considering the trim levels of the Kia Soul use “!” and “+” in their names, this isn’t quite as annoying.

The bigger news is that the base engine gets 25/34 mpg city/highway, which is similar to the Focus’ mileage and 1 mpg less than the Civic coupe’s 26/34 mpg. However, the Kia has at least 10 more horsepower than either.

There are just two trim levels: the EX and the SX, which adds a more powerful engine and returns 22/32 mpg with a manual transmission and 23/31 mpg with an automatic.

Standard equipment on all Forte Koups include 16-inch alloy wheels, stability control, height adjustment for the driver’s seat, cruise control, a six-speaker sound system, Sirius Satellite Radio, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, USB and standard auxiliary audio inputs, and Bluetooth hands-free phone connection.

Price will play a big factor in determining the Forte Koup’s value, but if recent releases like the affordable Soul are any indication, we’d guess the Forte Koup will be competitive. More photos below.

By David Thomas | April 9, 2009 | Comments (13)

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