2011 Kia Forte Koup Price, Review & Picture

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2011 Kia Forte Koup Price, Review & PictureNew Car Reviews, The five-passenger Koup shares its wheelbase with the sedan and is shorter, narrower, and sits lower. For 2011, the Koup SX is now offered with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic (replacing the five-speed) with paddle shifters. The only exterior change is the addition of LED daytime running lights. Inside, a navigation system is now available. Both four-cylinder engines return unchanged.The 2010 Forte Coupe was launched with the Forte; the Koup is a trendy two-door vehicle manufactured to displace the Kia Spectra. The Forte, a sedan, is sold in three trims, but the Koup is offered in EX and SX grades. The EX is the least expensive version.

Coupes offered at this price or at this level are relatively few. This vehicle has a relatively evocative style with a body designed that is similar to the Honda Civic Si. It is smaller than the Civic coupe and the SX rivals the Honda Civic Si. The Koup has a fit to finish that is exceptional thereby making it a serious contender.

The EX Forte Koup hosts a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual gearbox married to a 2.4 Liter four-cylinder engine with 156 hp. In contrast, the SX is a sportier version of the two trims fitted with a 2.4 L four-cylinder and 173 hp married to a six speed automatic or six speed manual gearbox. If the consumer chooses the SULEV in the vehicle drops to horsepower in either engine.

Aggressive lines and a narrow greenhouse define the looks of this compact coupe. At some angles, the Koup looks a bit like the Civic Si. The EX rides on 16-inch wheels and the SX comes with 17-inch wheels standard. Fit and finish are excellent in the Forte Koup’s cabin. There’s good bolstering in the front seats; rear seats are tighter than in the sedan. Both trim levels get sport seats, but the SX gets its own special cloth. There are many standard features, too.

With all of the expectations that this was going to be another Civic Si, the reality at the track was a bit disappointing. The Koup SX is fun to drive and tossable, yet handling and ride are closer to the regular Civic than the Si. It reaches 60 mph in 7.1 seconds, 0.4 second slower than the Si, and needs 117 feet to stop from 60 mph. Dual front airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags are standard on the Forte Koup, along with disc brakes with ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, and brake assist; stability control; traction control; and tire-pressure monitoring.

Body styles: Coupe
Engines: 2.0L I-4, 2.4L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 5-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, 4-speed automatic
Models: EX, SX

EPA Fuel Economy
EX: 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway
SX: 22-23 mpg city/31-32 mpg highway

Price : $17,995 – $19,395

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