First Drive: 2010 Kia Forte Koup

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Good impressions

We are left with two major impressions of the Kia Forte Koup: it looks good, and it's well-equipped. Six air bags, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with emergency assist, a good stereo with iPod connectivity, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, power windows, and Bluetooth are all standard on both models. A sunroof and leather are among the few options.

The Kia Forte Koup's obvious competitors are the Honda Civic coupe, the Scion tC, and the Ford Focus coupe. Unlike so many of Kia's efforts in the past, the Koup is not automatically relegated to second-tier status among its peers and is well worth considering for anyone shopping in this segment.

2010 Kia Forte Koup SX

Base price: not available

Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4
Horsepower: 173 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 168 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Drive: front-wheel

L x W x H: 176.4 x 69.5 x 55.1 in
Legroom F/R: 43.6/33.9 in
Headroom F/R: 38.7/35.3 in
Cargo capacity: 12.6 cu ft
Curb Weight: 2859 lb
Passenger capacity: 5

EPA Rating (city/highway): 22/32 mpg

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