2017 Kia Forte Release Date & Info

2017 Kia Forte Review

Given its broad appeal, the new 2017 Kia Forte offers a lot of value and a sharp appeal. And makes for a great choice with its superb features such as a lengthy warranty, easy-to-use controls, spacious interior for both coupe and sedan, and strong engines. Below you’ll get lots of info about the Forte in terms of its exterior and interior changes, engine specs, expected release, and price estimate.

2017 Kia Forte exterior, blue color

Whether you opt for the 2017 Kia Forte Sedan, two-door coupe (Koup) or four-door hatchback, you’ll enjoy a contemporary, handsome design. Impressive results were gotten from Forte’s redesign two years ago and even though the new model doesn’t offer any major overhauls, it offers laudable features such as a peppy acceleration, a fair price, and a generous list of standard features.

Even the base model is appealing with its quality materials and comfortable cabin. Kia has kept the ball rolling with several minor updates and tweaks on its packages and iterations as well. For example, the base model offers high-end options such as adaptive cruise control, upgraded cloth upholstery, and xenon headlights. Though the latter is offered as an option.

2017 Kia Forte rear angle, grille and headlights

The option sheet also includes additional features such as a selectable steering assist, keyless ignition and entry, ventilated heated seats, and rear heated seats. Carryover engines will bring with them the competitive power and acceleration they offered for the previous model.

And for those who prefer fuel economy over thrill, none of the engines offered will bowl you over. Hopefully though, the segment now offers a plethora of alternatives that meet anyone’s priority. For instance, the 2017 Mazda 3 offers an unrivaled mix of comfort, fuel economy, and athleticism.

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2017 Kia Forte rear angle, taillights and tailpipe

And even with rivals such as the 2017 VW Jetta or Golf, 2017 Honda Civic, and 2017 Hyundai Elantra nipping at its heels, the 2017 Kia Forte remains an incredible choice when you’re shopping for an affordable coupe, sedan or hatchback.

Trims Offered – Kia Forte

The sedan is offered in LX and EX trims; the Koup in EX and SX models, and lastly, the Hatchback (Forte 5) is offered in LX, and EX, and SX trims.

Exterior Review & 2017 Kia Forte Interior Redesign

2017 Kia Forte exterior, rear angle, grille

The LS Sedan is offered with the following accessories and features; a 60/40-split folding rear seat, heated mirrors, 15” steel wheels, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a USB port, a CD player, a four-speaker sound system, a trip computer, air-conditioning, full power accessories, a USB port, a height-adjustable driver seat, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, automatic dual-zone climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, adaptive cruise control, and satellite radio.

2017 Kia Forte gear shift knob, lcd screen and dashboard

The Popular package offered as an option for the base model packs a rearview camera, 16” alloy wheels, upgraded interior upholstery, automatic headlights, a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, and automatic headlights.

The EX steps you up with LED running lights, a cooling glovebox, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a more agile engine, adjustable steering effort, exterior power folding mirrors, and foglights.

2017 Kia Forte leather seats ans steering wheel

The Premium package available as an option bundles a navigation system, a leather upholstery, a sunroof, HD radio, Kia’s Uvo eServices telematics, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, and a rearview auto-dimming mirror.

The SX versions get extra 18-inch wheels, a larger front brake, unique rear and front styling, a turbocharged engine, and an automatic climate control.

2017 Kia Forte interior, backseats


Wheelbase: 8 ft. 10.3 in. (106.3 in.)
Length: 14 ft. 11.5 in. (179.5 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.1 in. (70.1 in.)
Passenger volume: 96.2 ft³
Cargo volume: 14.9 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 2804 lbs.
Top Speed: 134 mph
0-60: 7.4 sec
MPG: 25/37 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Aurora Black, Clear White, Crimson Red, Silky Silver, Steel Blue…
Towing Capacity: N/A

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2017 Kia Forte Engine Specification

Several engine options are offered for the 2017 Kia Forte. A four-cylinder engine under the hood of the Forte LX provides about 145 hp and 130 lbs. ft. of torque. With an automatic transmission paired to this engine, EPA projects a fuel return of 39/26/31 mpg on the highway/city/combined, and about 37/25/30 mpg with the LX six-speed manual.

The EX gets a power bump of 173 horsepower and 154 pounds-feet of torque from its 2.0L four-cylinder engine. Forte EX sedan return 35/24/28 mpg.

2017 Kia Forte engine

For automatic-equipped EX and EX hatchbacks, expect about 28 mpg/combined but with slightly lower highway figure.

The Forte 5 SX and the Forte Koup SX are offered with a four-cylinder turbocharged 1.6L engine rated at 201 horsepower and 195 pounds-feet of torque. You have an option of either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. Either transmission gets you 29/21/24 mpg with the Kia Forte SX trim model. The Koupe is estimated to return 29/22/25 mpg with the manual, and 30/22/25 mpg with the automatic.

Price & 2017 Kia Forte Release Date

2017 Kia Forte exterior, side view

It is expected to be released in MAY 2017 at least that’s according to media reports. As for the price, the Forte Sedan will likely set you back by 15,990 USD, and 18,090 USD with the Forte Hatchback.

Photos – Gallery

2017 Kia Forte alloy wheel

2017 Kia Forte rear view, tailpipe and taillights

2017 Kia Forte side view, alloy wheels

2017 Kia Forte steering wheel and gear shift knob