As mentioned there are two trims to choose from on the Kia Forte 5-Door Sedan. Buyers can select the EX or the SX trim when they purchase the hatchback version. The trim selected will determine the engine and the features offered on the vehicle. All start with the same basic features and build up on them. The SX is a bit more sporty and offers a bit more power than the EX though neither is powerful enough to be at the top of the race.
The Kia Forte 5-Door Sedan begins with the standard features that come with all Forte models. These include an adjustable driver seat, 15 inch wheels, split folding rear seat and a steering column that tilts. There is also Bluetooth and a stereo with CD player, satellite radio, iPod interface and four speakers. The EX adds on some additional features such as a keyless entry system, air conditioning, cruise and a trip computer. There is also a steering wheel that tilts and telescopes, vanity mirrors that have light, powered accessories and two additional speakers on the audio system.
When buyers upgrade to the SX trim of the Kia Forte 5-Door Sedan they will receive more than the higher powered engine. There is also a special sport-tuned suspension, larger wheels, foglamps, special cloth upholstery, metallic trim and leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob. There are also a variety of options available on both models. The EX allows for larger wheels made with alloy as well as a sunroof. There is a Fuel Economy package that helps with the miles per gallon by adding electric power steering, low resistance tires and aerodynamics. SX buyers can add in the sunroof, leather interior with front seats that have heat and even a Technology package. This package adds in a keyless entry and ignition system, climate control, navigation system and chrome door handles.
The safety features on the Kia Forte 5-Door Sedan are on par with most small vehicles. They include antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, front seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and head restraints.
Those looking for a small car that offers an affordable alternative the gas-guzzling larger sedans will be intrigued by the Kia Forte 5-Door Sedan. While it certainly isn't top, even in its class, in terms of style and performance there is much to be said for simple. The Forte is a simple option for those looking for a new car. It offers a long warranty period, practical functioning and a number of standard features. This keeps it a viable alternative for many even with its mediocre offerings.