Inner Space

Inside, the Forte delivers more than we expected, producing a sophisticated vibe backed by high-tech features that put the Kia a step ahead of its competition. The standard Bluetooth setup, which is voice activated and easy to access via steering-wheel controls, will grab the attention of tech-savvy buyers.

We were also surprised by the standard EX/SX 6-speaker audio system. It delivered crisp sound separation and good bass at all volume levels. Unfortunately the base LX 4-speaker stereo punishes you for frugality with poor all-around sound quality. No matter the system, MP3 and USB inputs ensure your playlist makes it to the road, and all Fortes come with a 3-month SIRIUS Satellite Radio subscription. However, we were disappointed that such a "tech forward" product like Forte offers no navigation system.

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    Hood
    Opening the hood 1. Pull the release lever to unlatch the hood. The hood should pop open slightly. 2. Go to the front of the vehicle, raise the hood slightly, pull the secondary latch (1) in ...

    Instrument cluster
    1. Tachometer 2. Turn signal indicators 3. Speedometer 4.Warning and indicator lights 5. Shift position indicator (Automatic transaxle only) 6. Odometer 7. Tripmeter/Trip computer (if equippe ...

    Interior overview
    1. Door lock/unlock button 2. Outside rearview mirror control switch 3. Power window switches 4. Master power door lock control 5. Master power window control lock 6. Steering wheel 7. Instrum ...