2011 Kia Forte Koup

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Kia Forte Koup. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Base engine's performance
  • Interior quality
  • Backseat space
  • Gas mileage
  • Generous warranty

The Bad

  • Four-speed automatic too eager to upshift
  • Numb steering
  • Optional heated seats have only one setting
  • Optional leather steering wheel feels like vinyl

Notable Features of the 2011 Kia Forte Koup

  • Standard USB port
  • Standard Bluetooth cell phone connectivity
  • Standard stability system
  • Available Fuel Economy Package

2011 Kia Forte Koup Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Forte is Kia's latest entry in the compact-car segment, replacing the Spectra when it hit dealerships in summer 2009. The Forte is available with a choice of four-cylinder engines and comes standard with numerous safety features, including an electronic stability system. It's sold as a four-door sedan, a hatchback and a coupe, which Kia calls the Koup. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla.

New for 2011
There is a new hatchback version that Kia calls a five-door, and all trims get either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.  (Skip to details on the: Forte Koup)

Exterior
The Forte sports crisp styling that gives the sedan an athletic shape. You don't have to look too closely to find resemblances to other small cars. The front end, for instance, looks similar to a Honda Civic coupe, and the Forte's taillights look like the Mitsubishi Lancer's. For 2011, a new hatchback version carries over many of the Forte sedan's styling cues, but the roofline carries straight back to form a hatch-back body style. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch wheels
  • Optional 16-inch wheels
  • SX versions get sport suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler
  • Optional sunroof




Interior
There are available steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Kia says the sedan's trunk offers 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and the hatchback has 19.4 cubic feet of storage space. Interior features inclu...

Vehicle Overview

The Forte is Kia's latest entry in the compact-car segment, replacing the Spectra when it hit dealerships in summer 2009. The Forte is available with a choice of four-cylinder engines and comes standard with numerous safety features, including an electronic stability system. It's sold as a four-door sedan, a hatchback and a coupe, which Kia calls the Koup. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla.

New for 2011
There is a new hatchback version that Kia calls a five-door, and all trims get either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.  (Skip to details on the: Forte Koup)

Exterior
The Forte sports crisp styling that gives the sedan an athletic shape. You don't have to look too closely to find resemblances to other small cars. The front end, for instance, looks similar to a Honda Civic coupe, and the Forte's taillights look like the Mitsubishi Lancer's. For 2011, a new hatchback version carries over many of the Forte sedan's styling cues, but the roofline carries straight back to form a hatch-back body style. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch wheels
  • Optional 16-inch wheels
  • SX versions get sport suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels and a rear spoiler
  • Optional sunroof




Interior
There are available steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Kia says the sedan's trunk offers 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and the hatchback has 19.4 cubic feet of storage space. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather
  • Optional heated seats and steering wheel
  • Optional air conditioning
  • Optional keyless entry
  • Optional telescoping steering wheel



Under the Hood
LX and EX models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 156 horsepower. Choosing the SX trim brings a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 173 hp. Depending on which trim is ordered, a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission is available.


Safety
The Forte has safety features such as:

  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Active head restraints for the front seats



Forte Koup
The Forte's two-door offshoot — Kia calls it the Koup— comes in the sedan's two upper trims, EX and SX. Drivetrains follow suit, with the EX getting the 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the SX getting the 2.4-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed manual and automatic transmission are available with both engines and trim levels.

  • Standard blacked-out grille and air dam
  • Standard 16-inch wheels
  • Optional 17-inch wheels
  • Optional sport package with larger brakes and sport-tuned suspension
  • Standard seats have larger bolsters
  • Cloth upholstery standard
  • Leather upholstery optional

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Latest 2011 Forte Koup Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Perfect college car

by lpar from Morgantown, WV on July 9, 2018

This car is great on gas mileage, it?s roomy for a 2-door and it very dependable. I recommend this car to any high school or college student! Read full review

(3.0)

Got me where I needed to go

by Sm63 from NJ on February 10, 2018

I owned the 2011 Forte Koup for nearly 7 years. This was the first car I purchased after I’d had about enough of the 2001 Chevy Cavalier my parents bought for me as my first ride neared 100,000 miles. ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Kia Forte Koup currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Kia Forte Koup has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Forte Koup received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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