For the 2010 model year, Kia has introduced Forte's in both a sedan and high style coup. These will replace the spectra in Kia's lineup. The coup is available in only two trim levels, the more value oriented EX and the sportier SX. The Sedan however, is available with three different trim levels to choose from. Each trim level comes with its own engine. The SX has a 2.4 liter four cylinder which provides 173 horsepower with a 6 speed stick or auto transmission choice. The EX gets along with a 2.0 liter four generating 156 horsepower and a choice of a 5 speed manual or a 4 speed auto transmission. Both engines lose a couple of HP in their SULEV incarnations. As there aren't many coupes in this price class, the Honda civic is a good vehicle for making comparisons. The Forte even invokes some of the styling of the Civic. With overall excellent fit and finish and the two different performance levels, as with the civic and civic SI, the Forte is a viable competitor to the civic.
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