The Kia Forte made its first appearance in South Korea at the end of 2008, where Kia is headquartered. The following year, North American dealers began importing the compact car to replace the Kia Spectra. The Kia Forte sold 300,000 units in its first year, making it Kia's top-selling car. Kia Fortes continue to lead the market in quality and safety. The 2010 Fortes were named a "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and "Car of the Year" by NADAguides.com.
Kia Fortes are four-door compact sedans available in EX, LX and SX models. Fortes have the Kia corporate grille called "the tiger nose" and share the same platform as a Hyundai Elantra. The difference between the two is that the Forte uses a torsion-beam rear suspension while the Elantra has a multi-link design. The 2011 models will introduce a Kia Forte five-door hatchback with a front grille, alloy wheels, center console, paddle shifters, push-button start and navigation. Kia Fortes come with a basic 5 year / 60,000 mile warranty. The drive-train has a 10 year / 100,000 mile warranty and a 5 year / 100,000 mile corrosion warranty. You also get roadside assistance for 5 years or 60,000 miles.
Manufacturer's suggested retail prices for Kia Fortes range from $13,695 (for a 2010 Forte 4-door sedan LX with a manual transmission) to $18,495 (for a 2010 Forte 4-door sedan SX with an automatic transmission). The EX and LX models come with a 156-hp, 2-liter, 4-cylinder engine and get 25 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. The SX model has a 173-hp, 2.4-liter, 4-cylinder engine that gets 23 mpg city and 31 mpg city. All models also have front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes, anti-skid system and a tire pressure monitor. Consumer Guides noted that the instruments and control of a Forte were great while the acceleration of a Forte with an automatic transmission and the engine noise were drawbacks.
Kia Forte auto insurance is around $1,100, according to Automobile Magazine. The Forte performs at average or better than its class during its safety test by the National Institute of Highway Safety. How well it does can vary a bit from model to model. The best way to make sure you don't have to pay more your Kia Forte auto insurance than you need to is to do your homework and compare Forte car insurance quotes from different companies. The easiest way to do that is to request online Forte car insurance quotes from CarInsuranceQuotes.com. You enter your vehicle information and the coverage you want and CarInsuranceQuotes.com will send you insurance quotes from reputable companies. Then it's up to you to choose the company that's just right for you.