The 2013 Kia Forte Koup is a perfectly nice compact car. Not exactly a bold compliment, but this compact sport coupe is just that - a decent, middle-of-the-road car. The list of especially good or bad characteristics is quite short. It lacks a bit in styling, but the overall look is standard for this class, the amenities are what you would expect, and the performance is sufficient. Forte Koup owners may be perfectly happy with their compact car choice; but truth be told, there are more exciting options available in the same price range.
This five-seater coupe (which Kia calls the ""Koup"") is available in Kia's EX and SX trim. The Kia Forte is also available as a sedan and a hatchback.
New For 2013
The new additions for the 2013 Kia Forte Koup include:
- Additional acoustic insulation
- Upgraded leather on steering wheel
- Optional LED running lights and power-folding mirrors
- 16-inch alloy wheels
The 2013 Kia Forte Koup, thanks to its coupe design, looks a bit sportier than its cousins, the Kia Forte sedan and hatchback. However, there isn't anything too unique about its design, which looks a bit like a cross between a Honda Civic and a Mitsubishi Lancer. The EX is available in just five colors: Titanium, Corsa Blue, Clear White, Ebony Black, and Bright Silver. The SX adds Racing Red to the list. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels are standard on the EX, while the SX upgrades to 17-inch alloy wheels.
Variable intermittent wipers, rear defogger, tinted glass, dual body-color heated, and power folding outside mirrors with turn-signal indicators all come standard. Options include a rear spoiler and wheel locks. The SX also offers an optional power sunroof with tilt.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Kia Forte Koup's cabin is relatively comfortable, especially for an average-sized adult. Taller drivers will notice the limited headroom and, as you may expect with a coupe, the back seat is rather small. Adults riding in the back will not be very comfortable. The upholstery comes in Black or Stone cloth and the SX features contrast stitching, which gives the seats a sportier look.
Interior features include power locks, power one-touch windows, power heated mirrors, manual rear seat easy entry, overhead console with storage, audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, air conditioning, and 12V power outlets. Cargo net, auto-dimming mirror with compass and Homelink, and a cargo tray are available options. The entertainment system boasts six speakers, playback stereo, AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3, auxiliary audio input, iPod integration, USB connector, and Sirius XM satellite radio. The SX model adds simulated alloy trim on the dash, leather and simulated alloy trim on doors and shift knob, leather steering wheel, and turn signal in mirrors. Unfortunately, the road noise is quite noticeable in the cabin, making for a slightly less than enjoyable ride.
The 2013 Kia Forte Koup has a number of standard safety features. There are dual front airbags, front-seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags to protect both the front and rear passengers. The front seats have active headrests and seatbelt pretensioners, as well as a whiplash protection system. Standard on the Kia Forte Koup, you'll also find four-wheel anti-locking brakes, child seat anchors, stability and traction control, electronic brake force distribution, rear center three-point belt, as well as ventilated front disc brakes and solid rear disc brakes. The body is also made from high-strength reinforced steel.
Depending on what you're looking for, the 2013 Kia Forte Koup can be enjoyable to drive. Looking at its competitors, which also feature value and fuel economy slightly more than performance, the Forte Koup holds its own. The EX sports a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that puts out 156 hp and 144 lb-ft torque at 4300 rpm. The SX provides a bit more power with its 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine creating 173 hp and 168 lb-ft torque at 4000 rpm. Both engines come with a standard six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed electronically controlled Sportmatic with overdrive is optional.
Overall, the Forte Koup drives well and has excellent braking. It is responsive with very little body roll; and while it doesn't drive the same as a ""real"" sports car, it does have firm handling, and the SX offers a sport-tuned suspension. However, some drivers complain that it has a bit of a hard ride and there is a lot of road noise.
As with all compacts, one of the highlights is the fuel economy. The EX engine provides 24/33 mpg city/highway and the SX is almost as good at 22/32 mpg city/highway.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Kia Forte-Koup
- Hyundai Elantra
- Chevy Cruze
- Mazda MAZADA3
- Toyota Scion
- Ford Focus