If you’re searching for a sedan to help you cruise around town, look no further than the 2018 Kia Forte. This feature-packed car comes loaded to the brim with modern updates that will make your commute that much smoother.
Kia has built the Forte with the latest trends in mind, keeping a stalwart competitor in the sedan market. You’ll enjoy updated technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which help you connect your phone to the infotainment system for directions, music, hands-free calls, and more.
Additionally, you’ll enjoy heated and ventilated front seats which will keep you comfortable no matter what the outside temperature. While passengers in the back won’t get to enjoy this feature, they do benefit from dual-zone automatic temperature control, which should keep them just as cozy.
The Forte even offers a few features to improve your overall driving ability. For example, Blind Spot Detection will constantly monitor the lanes beside your car and let you know when there’s a vehicle beside you that you can’t see. Lane Change Assist is a similar feature that sends you an alert if a vehicle is approaching quickly behind you. And with the Rear-Camera Display, you’ll never get into a fender bender again when you’re trying to park.
There are three different trim levels on the Forte: the LX, the S, and the EX. The base two levels have the same engine and offer the same performance stats: a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine that puts out 147 horsepower. If you’d like a little more kick, upgrade to the EX, which comes with a 2.0-liter I-4 that gets an impressive 164 horsepower.
As for mileage, the lower trims get slightly better ratings from the EPA, with a 32 mpg combined rating. Due to the increase in power, the EX gets a still respectable 28 mpg combined.
The LX comes standard with a 6-speed manual, but you can easily upgrade to the electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission that comes standard on the other two trims.
Safety is a big concern with any new car, and the Forte delivers. It received a five-star rating from the NHTSA and was named a 2018 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, the two highest designations these organizations give out to consumer vehicles. How did it accomplish such domination in crash tests? The advanced airbag system is a huge part of the overall protection the vehicle provides in an accident, with dual front, full-length side curtain, and front-seat-mounted side airbags.
There are also a number of active safety systems that activate when you’re on the road. You’ll benefit from the Traction Control System, Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability managements, and Hill-Start Assist Control. Plus, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution provides a consistent braking experience, while the Anti-Lock Braking System reduces skidding when the roads are slick.
Want to learn more about how the Kia Forte might be the right fit for you? stop by Kia of Lincoln today to take this 2018 model for a test drive.
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