Car Review: 2013 Kia Forte 5-Door SX


The all-new Forte 5-door SX’s eye-catching, European-inspired hatchback design makes a clear statement that Kia means business! The understated attitude of the 2013 Kia Forte 5-Door SX comes to life when you get behind the wheel and realize just how much swagger this car possesses.


Our test model was delivered in some snowy conditions, but the crimson red paint looked stunning in the white winter snow falling from the sky. Born from the Kia design studio in Seoul and overseen by Kia’s global chief of design, Peter Schreyer, the Forte 5-door’s sophisticated hatchback profile, large wheels and aggressive posture give it a distinctly European appearance that speaks to its performance intentions. The chiseled body commands attention and continues Kia’s tradition as a design leader in the industry.

Like its Forte sedan counterpart, the Forte 5-door’s swept headlights stretch deep into the front fenders and the raked windshield and broad shoulders give the front end a sleek, sporty appearance. LED positioning lights add a premium look to the front fascia. Moving around the vehicle, the large 18-inch wheels filled the wheel wells on our loaner SX, and the hatchback profile affords a performance-oriented European personality. Around back, the rear hatch glass opens to reveal 23.2 cubic feet of usable cargo space. LED tail lights complete the premium feel of the exterior and a sporty rear valance with twin chrome exhaust tips maintains the Forte 5-door’s edgy demeanor. Together, these design cues reveal how far Kia has come in just a few years!

The SX trim ups the ante with standard dual chrome exhaust tips and LED tail lights. The Forte 5-door SX also offers an aggressive front fascia with larger bumper and grille openings and black gloss grille inserts. The lower front fascia and rear valance also feature carbon fiber-look trim pieces.

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