Why the 2014 Kia Forte Matters:
When the 2010 Kia Forte debuted, it introduced a new design language for the brand under the direction of Peter Schreyer, an ex-Audi guy with plenty of talent. The Forte debuted Kia’s “tiger-nose” grille motif, and for an inexpensive compact car it looked more upscale than most of its competitors. The problem was that the interior reflected the Forte’s price point, and the engineering wasn’t quite up to competitive snuff.
That changes with the beautifully redesigned 2014 Kia Forte, which we think is going to rob plenty of sales from every other compact car in the segment, including the Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta and, yes, the Kia’s corporate sibling, the Hyundai Elantra. The new Forte rolls into showrooms in the spring of 2013.