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2014 Kia Forte Koup

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$7,920 — $14,400 USED
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Coupe
5 Seats
25-27 MPG
(Combined)
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Overview

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(4.6) 8 reviews

The Good

  • Richer interior
  • Backseat legroom up 2 inches
  • Adjustable steering assist
  • Power-folding side mirrors standard

The Bad

  • Manual transmission for SX only
  • Headroom decreases slightly
2014 Kia Forte Koup exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2014 Kia Forte Koup
  • Redesigned for 2014
  • Slightly larger
  • Standard backup camera
  • Regular and turbo four-cylinders
  • Leather steering wheel and shifter
  • Forte also available as sedan and hatchback

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Vehicle Overview

When it hits dealerships at the end of 2013, the redesigned 2014 Koup will be the third body style in the new Kia Forte generation, following the sedan and four-door hatchback, aka 5-Door. With the addition of a turbocharged engine option, this will be the most powerful Forte Koup to date.

The coupe competes with the Honda Civic Si, Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Volkswagen GTI.

Exterior
The Forte Koup's exterior has grown in ways that ultimately benefit interior volume. Its wheelbase and overall length are about 2 inches longer, and it's more than a half-inch wider and almost a half-inch taller.

The Koup styling was updated to match the Kia family appearance. The base EX trim level has standard 16-inch alloy wheels, while the SX has 18-inch alloy wheels. The SX also has a larger front bumper and larger grilles with gloss-black inserts. It adds turn signal lights to the side mirrors. Around back it has LED taillights, dual chrome tailpipes and a diffuser with a mock carbon-fiber finish. 

Both trim levels have power-folding side mirrors standard and offer optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Interior
The 2014 Koup is roomier, to the tune of more than 3 cubic feet of occupant volume — or 1.3 additional cubic feet if equipped with a moonroof, which eats up some space.

Front legroom has come down nearly 1.5 inches but remains generous; the backseat legroom has jumped a welcome 2 inches. Likewise, front headroom has dropped fractionally, b...

Vehicle Overview

When it hits dealerships at the end of 2013, the redesigned 2014 Koup will be the third body style in the new Kia Forte generation, following the sedan and four-door hatchback, aka 5-Door. With the addition of a turbocharged engine option, this will be the most powerful Forte Koup to date.

The coupe competes with the Honda Civic Si, Hyundai Veloster Turbo and Volkswagen GTI.

Exterior
The Forte Koup's exterior has grown in ways that ultimately benefit interior volume. Its wheelbase and overall length are about 2 inches longer, and it's more than a half-inch wider and almost a half-inch taller.

The Koup styling was updated to match the Kia family appearance. The base EX trim level has standard 16-inch alloy wheels, while the SX has 18-inch alloy wheels. The SX also has a larger front bumper and larger grilles with gloss-black inserts. It adds turn signal lights to the side mirrors. Around back it has LED taillights, dual chrome tailpipes and a diffuser with a mock carbon-fiber finish. 

Both trim levels have power-folding side mirrors standard and offer optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights.

Interior
The 2014 Koup is roomier, to the tune of more than 3 cubic feet of occupant volume — or 1.3 additional cubic feet if equipped with a moonroof, which eats up some space.

Front legroom has come down nearly 1.5 inches but remains generous; the backseat legroom has jumped a welcome 2 inches. Likewise, front headroom has dropped fractionally, but the backseat has gained an inch.

The redesigned interior is richer. Leather is standard on the steering wheel and shift knob, and optional on the seats for both trim levels. The SX adds alloy pedals and faux carbon-fiber trim.

The EX comes well equipped with Kia's UVO voice recognition system, backup camera, Bluetooth, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, power windows and LED running lights and fog lights.

Options for both trim levels include navigation, a moonroof, remote keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control and leather seats with a heated front passenger seat, and heated and a cooled driver's seat.

Under the Hood
The Forte Koup's base engine in the EX is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 173 horsepower and 154 pounds-feet of torque. The SX gets a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that delivers 195 pounds-feet of torque. Mileage estimates aren't final as of this writing, but the EPA recently rated the sedan version of the 2.0-liter Forte sedan at 24/36/28 mpg city/highway/combined with the six-speed automatic, which is the only option for the EX Koup. The SX will be available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.

The automatic SX includes steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. The only mechanical difference for the SX, apart from the drivetrain and wheel size, is slightly larger front brake discs. Both trim levels have the new Flex Steer feature, which allows the driver to vary the amount of power-steering assist by selecting among Comfort, Normal and Sport modes.

Safety
Standard safety features include the required antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control and six airbags: frontal, front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and side curtains along the front and rear seats.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
8 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)
(5.0)

Very Reliable but still Fun

by Josh13 from Roscoe IL on October 17, 2017

I love this car because it is so reliable, but it looks nice and it's sporty too! I always get a ton of compliments on this car! Read full review

(5.0)

Like it so far

by Sandysthots from Hamilton, Ohio on August 14, 2017

The car drives and handles well. You have a choice to drive on Eco and if you do car is excellent on gas milage. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2014 Kia Forte Koup currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2014 Kia Forte Koup has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

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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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