In previous model years, both the sedan and hatch had a “tiger nose” grille. With the 2017 model year, that changes to a much smoother outline with a thinner and longer headlight design. That design can also encompass adaptive Xenon bulbs, the newest lighting trend in the automotive industry. On top of that, the entire front fascia has been redesigned for 2017. The sedan sees air inlets at the corners with fog lamps. The hatch features a look similar to the VW GTI, and it is complete with simple rounded fog lamps.
The rear end also sees a slight modification. Featuring a curvaceous upward trim from the lower trunk to the rear quarters, the Forte is much sleeker than in previous model years. Kia also updated the taillights to appear more Audi-like.
Engine Power and Performance
Replacing the 1.8-liter engine, every 2017 Forte receives a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that runs on the efficiency-boosting Atkinson cycle. Generating 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, all LX trims are coupled with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and receive 29 miles per gallon city and 38 mpg highway.
The EX comes powered with a direct-injection, 2.0-liter engine that outputs 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. The EX returns 24 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. While the exact numbers of Kia’s 1.6-liter, turbocharged engine are still pending, they will probably be around 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This engine can be paired with an optional seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission (the same one seen in the Optima).
New Trim: S
Sliding between the entry LX and the top EX is Forte’s newest trim level. Featuring a sport-tuned suspension, its 16-inch wheels, LED lamps, a rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob all make this S trim extremely sporty.
In addition to adding a new trim, Kia also makes several optional features standard in 2017 models. The EX now includes heated and leather seats, dual-zone climate control, and a push-button start with keyless entry. Other convenience interior features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Safety & Driving Features
For the 2017 model year, Kia adds great new safety and driving convenience features to the menu. Options include blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, forward collision warning, automated braking with pedestrian detection, and various other features.
Are you impressed yet? While these are just some of the new features seen in the 2017 Kia Forte, we recommend test driving one to get the full experience. Stop by our dealership and talk with one of our knowledgeable salespeople today.
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