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Family Tree: The Kia Forte

Kia Forte Model History and Generations  

The 2020 Kia Forte is a sight to behold, with styling cues from the fast-paced Kia Stinger and a refined overall feel that gives drivers a sense of luxury. The Forte has been around for three generations now, originating in 2010 with three different model variations. The history of this Kia model has been nothing but impressive and we wanted to take you through that history in this edition of Friendly Kia’s Family Tree.  

Let’s take a trip through the Kia Forte model history and generations below! 

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First-Generation Kia Forte Model History 

Model years: 2010 – 2013  
Model variations: Coupe (Koup), Sedan, Hatchback 
Passengers: 5 
Engines: 2.0-liter CVVT engine, 2.4-liter engine 
Transmissions: 5-speed manual or automatic transmission, 4-speed automatic transmission, 6-speed manual or automatic transmission 

The Kia Forte hit the market with three model options in tow – a coupe variation Kia referred to as the Forte Koup, a Forte sedan, and a Forte hatchback. The hatchback Forte model joined this Kia lineup a year after the coupe and sedan variations were unveiled. This Kia model offered shoppers an affordable mid-size vehicle that came equipped with convenient in-car technology like a four-speaker audio system, CD/MP3 player, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, iPod-compatible USB input jack, and Bluetooth® connectivity.   

Grey 2010 Kia Forte
White 2011 Kia Forte 5-door

Second-Generation Kia Forte Model History 

Model years: 2014 – 2018  
Model variations: Coupe (Koup), Sedan, Hatchback (Forte5) 
Engines: 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder Inline-four engine, 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine 
Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission, 6-speed automatic transmission 

In its second generation, the Kia Forte hatchback was renamed to the Forte5 and the Forte Koup was removed from the model lineup after 2016. The second-generation Kia Forte welcomed a full lineup of exciting features that made this affordable mid-size car even more appealing to drivers. The Forte offered standard features like Bluetooth®, UVO eServices with Rear Camera Display, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with integrated cruise control and audio buttons, FlexSteer, power windows and LED positioning headlights with fog lights. 

Blue 2016 Kia Forte
Grey 2016 Kia Forte5

Third-Generation Kia Forte Model History 

Model years: 2019 – present  
Model Variations: Sedan, Hatchback (Forte5) 
Engines: 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder Inline-four engine 
Transmissions: 6-speed manual transmission, 6-speed automatic, 7-speed DCT, IVT 

Now in its third generation, the Kia Forte re-entered the automotive market with a sophisticated design that appealed to the sporty side of drivers. Taking styling cues from the Kia Stinger, the Kia Forte now appeals to an even wider range of automotive shoppers. This third-generation Forte offers many standard features that are often upgrades in competing models. Such features include dual-zone automatic temperature controls, automatic front headlights, a rear trunk light, a tilt and telescopic steering column, rear-seat heat ducts, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, steering wheel-mounted audio system controls, and safety features like Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance, and Lane Keeping Assist. 

Red 2020 Kia Forte
Blue 2020 Kia Forte

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The Kia Forte has always been impressive. You can find yours today at Friendly Kia in New Port Richey, FL. Head over to our online inventory to view our lineup of in-stock models available on our lot right now. Contact a member of our team with any questions about our purchase options or available inventory.  

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