First Impressions: 2010 Kia Forte Koup

Thursday April 22nd, 2010 at 11:44 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2010 Kia Forte Koup

By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Gutsy 173 hp engine
  • Appropriately agile in the turns
  • Nicely finished interior for the money
  • Excellent value overall

Cons:

  • Manual tranny needs refinement
  • Suspension could be a bit firmer
  • Styling is somewhat bland

Ahhh, to be young again. Footloose and fancy free, and looking for that perfect set of wheels with which to cruise into summer. But what to buy? A nice little pocket rocket should fit the bill, and luckily there are quite a few sporty compact cars available. Unfortunately, a quick look at favorites like the GTI or Civic SI and you’re in for some sticker shock, with prices starting well over the $20k mark.

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2010 Kia Forte Review – The Forte shows off its strengths

Thursday December 10th, 2009 at 6:1212 PM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2010 Kia Forte

By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Stylish design inside and out for a compact
  • Rich features
  • Great steering feel
  • Good MPG

Cons

  • Underwhelming acceleration
  • Rear headroom a little tight

Kia has made great strides over the past few years on the design of their cars. While they have always looked better than their Hyundai cousins, the styling still left something to be desired, just look at the Amanti. Then came the Kia Sorento, a design inspired by (or copied from) the first Lexus RX. The Rio subcompact was a good effort as well, and then they launched the distinctive Soul. While the Forte sedan is not as dramatic as the Soul, it is very easy on the eye and is arguably one of the best looking compact cars on the market today.

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Four New Cars From The Foreign 4 Knocking at the Door

Monday February 23rd, 2009 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: m35man

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Who would have dreamed a year ago that the big names at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show would be Acura, Hyundai, Kia, and Mazda? Who would have ever imagined that a U.S. auto show would be dominated by companies from Japan and Korea?

Everyone thought the Chicago Auto Show would be a great opportunity for the Big 3 to pull out the stops and put a positive spin on a bad situation. But, instead of a much-needed infusion of confidence, all the Big 3 got was an old-school whuppin’ at the hands of the Foreign 4.

While the Big 3 was busy taking private jets to Washington D.C., closing production facilities and laying off workers at an alarming rate, it seems that the Foreign 4 has been hard at work.

Sure, the Big 3 did unveil some great new cars. But, questions still remain. How quickly can they get these vehicles to market? Are they earmarking bailout money for these projects? (They must be.) But, while the Big 3 wonders, the Foreign 4 plunders, and that’s the name of that tune.

4 new cars from the Foreign 4: The 2010 Acura TSX V-6, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe R-Spec, the 2010 Kia Forte, and the 2009 Mazda MX-5 were displayed at the Chicago Auto Show.

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