The Forte offers legitimate comfort for four adults and 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space, more than some midsize sedans. There’s also a hatchback version, dubbed Forte5, with wagon-like room in back. Last year’s standard 1.8-liter engine is gone, replaced by a 2-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower, matched to your choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The optional direct-injected 2-liter four-cylinder produces 164 horsepower and comes with the automatic only.
Comes with all the expected equipment for this class, plus heated side mirrors, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and audio, and a four-speaker sound system with satellite radio. Models equipped with the automatic transmission are eligible for a Popular package with upgraded interior trim, a rearview camera, a display audio system with six speakers, automatic headlamps, and selectable driving modes (Normal, Eco, Sport). The LX rolls on 15-inch steel wheels.