2021 Kia Forte for Sale in West Springfield, MA
The sporty and stylish 2021 Kia Forte is one of the automotive world’s true steals: it offers so much at a low MSRP despite an appearance and list of standard features that would seemingly command a higher cost. With a look inspired by both the performance-oriented Stinger and the reborn K5 (formerly the Optima), the 2021 Forte is, without a doubt, quite a head turner.
Trims and Powertrain
The 2021 Kia Forte is a compact front-wheel-drive sedan that’s offered in FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, and GT trim levels. All but the GT have a 147 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under their hood. The base FE receives a standard six-speed manual transmission, but a continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available and comes standard on the LXS, GT-Line, and EX. The zestier GT gets a turbocharged 201 hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with the buyer’s choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
The FE with the manual transmission is estimated by the EPA to return 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway; with the CVT, though, it achieves 31 city/41 highway. The LXS, GT-Line, and EX all attain 29 city/40 highway. The seven-speed GT pulls off 27 city/35 highway, while the manual GT gets 25 city/32 highway.
Standard and Optional Features
Notable features on the FE include 15-inch wheels, keyless entry, automatic headlights, and a rearview camera. The LXS is upgraded a bit with 16-inch wheels, drive mode select, and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The GT-Line adds some stylistic flair in the form of black exterior accents, 17-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, and fog lights. It also gets heated side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, push-button start, an auto-opening smart trunk, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cloth upholstery with faux-leather side bolsters. The EX forgoes the GT-Line’s stylish exterior trim but includes most of its other amenities plus dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and simulated-leather upholstery.
The GT builds off the GT-Line’s equipment but substitutes in the more robust engine, larger front brakes, a fully-independent rear suspension, and 18-inch wheels. It also gets red grille accents, a dual exhaust system with red finishers, LED headlights, a flat-bottomed steering wheel, and ambient interior lighting. GTs with the dual-clutch tranny receive paddle shifters, and Michelin Pilot Sport summer tires are available (separate summer and winter tires are generally recommended over all-seasons on any performance car). The GT-Line, EX, and GT each qualify for an optional package that yields a sunroof and a wireless charger. The GT’s GT2 Package adds the remaining features from the GT-Line and EX, except for dual-zone automatic climate control, which is a standalone option for the GT-Line and GT.
Driver-Assistive Safety and Other Technology
The FE is outfitted with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, a backup camera, and driver attention monitor. The GT-Line introduces blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The GT comes with automatic high beams, and the optional GT2 Package supplies adaptive cruise control.
The FE receives an infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming capability, a USB port, and a four-speaker audio system. The GT-Line swaps in a six-speaker audio system, while the EX provides satellite and high-definition radio, integrated navigation, and two USB charge ports. The GT-Line, EX, and GT can be outfitted with a premium eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. The GT-Line’s optional Premium Package will add two charge-only USB ports, infotainment voice recognition function, and satellite radio.
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