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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