LA Auto Show: 2014 Kia Forte

November 29, 2012 10:49 AM

LA Auto Show: 2014 Kia Forte

" Compact four-door sedans represent a growing portion of the overall car market in the U.S., and Kia is determined to stay competitive.

So just five years after the last generation, today it took the wraps off an all-new 2014 Kia Forte sedan–which will go on sale by March of next year.

The new Forte compact is longer, lower, and wider, with fully 2 inches more in the wheelbase, expanding interior room.

It also offers two engines–one for fuel efficiency, one for more power–and a host of new standard and optional features.

The new shape of the Forte, created by Kia’s design studio in Southern California, appears more similar to the Hyundai Elantra whose platform it shares than was the previous generation.

Both the windshield and the rear window are steeply raked, and strongly sculpted accent lines on the body sides stress the horizontal aspects of the shape.

The new 2014 Kia Forte comes in two basic trim levels: the base LX and the high-end EX, each with its own engine.

Both models now use electric power steering, for better efficiency as compared to the current model’s hydraulic power steering system "

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