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Kia Forte EX sedan
Kia Forte EX sedan
  • Price: $15,900
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 24 mpg
    • Highway - 36 mpg

The newest version of the Forte has been redesigned, sporting a sharp new look. It comes in two different models, the LX and EX. A big bonus for consumers, the Forte EX is the least expensive on our list.

On the EX, Kia includes cushy upgrades such as 16-inch tires with alloy wheels and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The sedan is the only model currently in showrooms, but hatchback and coupe versions will be available later in the model year, according to

Off the line, it goes from zero to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds with the automatic transmission, according to Dan Edmunds,'s director of vehicle testing.

It does that with the 2-liter, inline four-cylinder engine, which pushes out 173 horsepower and 154 foot-pounds of torque, and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Anti-lock brakes, traction control and stability control are standard, which make it a fun -- and safe -- car to drive.


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