2022 Kia Forte for Sale in West Springfield, MA

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Overview

The 2022 Kia Forte has long been a go-to sedan in the affordable car segment, but it certainly doesn’t look or feel low-cost. Now that it’s been refreshed for this new model year, the Forte shows off a sporty design that complements its capable performance, plus it offers a varied list of enticing available features. Although the ’22 version carries on the Forte’s third generation, significant changes have been made to its style and interior amenities. The exterior displays a striking new headlight design, an eye-catching tiger-nose grille, revised front and rear bumpers, and a refreshed trunk lid spoiler. The GT-Line and GT trims now have LED fog lights and an edgier rear LED light design, and the LXS and GT-Line reveal new dark-gray wheel designs.

Even more exciting is the news that the Forte’s cabin is more tech-forward than ever. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on all trims, and the GT-Line and GT debut an infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen. What’s more, synthetic leather upholstery is now available, and the optional Smart Key gains remote start. The Kia Drive Wise Driver Assist Technology suite has been bolstered this year as well. Not only have several of its key systems been updated, but lane following assist is now standard, and highway driving assist, navigation-based adaptive cruise control, and safe exit warning have been added.

Trims, Powertrain, and Fuel Economy

The ’22 Forte is made in FE, LXS, GT-Line, and GT trim levels. The FE, LXS, and GT-Line have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 147 hp matched to an intelligent variable transmission (IVT). The GT comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 201 hp and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s linked to the driver’s choice of either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or a six-speed manual transmission. All trims are front-wheel drive. According to EPA estimates, the FE returns 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway, while the LXS and GT-Line achieve 29 city/39 highway. The GT with the seven-speed gearbox returns 27 city/35 highway, and with the manual it pulls off 22 city/31 highway.

FE

The Forte FE is well-equipped, especially for such an affordable car. Its standard equipment list even contains Kia Drive Wise, an advanced active-safety technology bundle with driver attention warning, forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, and rear occupant alert. Beyond that, it gets cloth seats, automatic headlights, keyless entry, a USB port, and 15-inch wheels. Its infotainment system is well rounded with an 8-inch touchscreen, wireless smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls and audio streaming, and an audio system with four speakers.

LXS

The LXS gets the same infotainment system and Drive Wise package, but it’s eligible for a few additional available driver-assist technologies: safe exit warning, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, and rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist. Its wheels are upgraded to 16-inchers, and it also gets soft-touch door trim and a rear seatback that splits 60/40 and folds down to accommodate long or oversized items in the trunk. LED turn-signal indicators for the exterior mirrors are optional.

GT-Line

This trim raises the bar on looks and attitude with some track-inspired upgrades such as alloy sport pedals, a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shifter knob. Plus, its exterior mirrors are heated to melt the frost, and they are standardly equipped with the aforementioned LED turn-signal indicators. Also standard are fog lights, push-button ignition, 17-inch wheels, a front USB charging port, dual-zone auto climate control, and a Smart Trunk (which opens automatically if you stand behind it with the Smart Key). The seating situation is enhanced with a mix of SynTex imitation leather and cloth, a folding rear center armrest with cupholders, and front and rear cup/bottle holders. Among the GT-Line’s options are heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, wireless smartphone charging, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, a rear USB charging port, and LED interior lighting.

This trim’s standard Drive Wise package includes blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, safe exit warning, and rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and buyers can add an enhanced version of forward collision-avoidance assist system that includes cyclist detection, plus navigation-based adaptive cruise control and highway driving assist. The GT-Line infotainment bonuses are a 10.25-inch touchscreen (which requires a switch to plug-in smartphone integration), navigation, voice recognition, and SiriusXM satellite radio. A Harman Kardon Premium Audio system with eight speakers and a subwoofer is available.

GT and GT Manual

Aside from that heftier powerplant, the GT receives a standard wireless phone charger, rear USB charging port, and power driver’s seat; the other optional features mentioned for the GT-Line are still available on the GT. It also adds automatic high beams, two-tone 18-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, and LED headlights. The same optional driver-assist features are offered for the GT trims, which are also eligible for rear parking sensors.


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