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2017 Kia Forte Review

The 2017 Kia Forte gets a facelift and a mechanical update in 2017. This year's Forte also adds a new sporty S Trim, along with standard features that won't break the bank. As one of the most affordable compact sedans on the road today, we think you'll really love the new 2017 Kia Forte.

Style Upgrade

Your 2017 Kia Forte gets style upgrades that put it closer in line with the Optima. The extended tiger nosed grille with thin, wrapping headlights resemble the Optima's front end and give your Forte a more high-end feel. 

In the back, newly redesigned tail lights really stand out. And as you climb up the trims, your new Forte gets even more stylish. 

New S Trim 

The S stands for sport, as the 2017 Kia Forte adds a new trim level for performance enthusiasts. With a Forte S model, you'll get 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, chrome exhaust tips, LED positioning lights and an all-new sport-tuned suspension. 

Inside, the Forte S has black cloth seats with white contrasting stitching, plus a leather steering wheel and leather shift knob. 

The Forte S trim also has standard UVO3 telematics on a 7-inch touchscreen. Use this system to safely send text messages, stream music and look up driving directions. The new Kia Forte S also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which we'll explain in further detail a little later. 

New 2.0L Engine

The previous 1.8L 4 cylinder engine is gone and replaced with a 2.0L Atkisnson 1-4 engine. The new engine has improved horsepower (147 hp at 6,200 rpm). Plus you'll get up to 38 MPG highway with the six-speed automatic transmission, also an improvement over previous models. 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The 2017 Kia Forte is available with optional Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. This is a brand-new way to safely take advantage of your phone's features while you keep your eyes on the road. 

The phone’s interface is laid out on the screen just as you'd see it on your phone. You'll get access to send text messages with your voice, and the system will read your text messages to you. 

These systems integrate Apple and Google Maps with turn by turn directions, traffic conditions and estimated travel time. 

You can also use the most popular apps, including iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Podcasts, Audiobooks, Google Play Music, KIK, Stitcher Radio, Spotify, MLB At Bat and even the Dominoes Pizza App!

Fully Loaded

The 2017 Kia Forte EX is your top of line model, available with all the features you could want in a new vehicle. Along with the things we've already mentioned -- Apple Car Play, Android Auto, UVO, LED, new engine, etc. -- there's a slew of luxurious offers. 

Get your Forte with heated and cooled leather seats and even a sunroof. Add in a full voice activated navigation system and stay safe with the backup camera. 

On the outside, add in updates like chrome door handles, fog lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, active Eco System and keyless push button ignition. 

Advanced Safety

The Forte also has optional safety technology that keeps you safe on the daily drive. 

Rear Cross Traffic Alert warns you of oncoming traffic coming behind you when you're in reverse. Forward collision warning is sensors monitoring what's happening in front of you. If it detects stopped traffic ahead, the Forte will slow itself down and apply the brakes, hoping to avoid a front-end collision. 

Lane Keep Assist is a set of chimes and alerts that go off if you start to sway lanes without using the signals. Lane Keep Assist may apply corrective steering if it senses you drifting out of your lane. 

Save the Waikem Way

It's easy to put a 2017 Kia Forte in your driveway. At Waikem Kia, we offer the area's lowest price on new Fortes thanks to our Waikem Discounts, Factory Rebates and many other incentives for low payments and the lowest financing rates. 

Plus when you work with Waikem Kia, you're choosing to work with a local, family owned business that has been in this community more than 60 years. 

Now's the perfect time to choose the Forte. With all the latest technology and improved fuel economy, you'll love the new Forte. View our inventory and contact us for a brand new Forte.