2011 KIA FORTE 5-DOOR HATCHBACK
Kia took the wraps off a third Forte model, a sleek-looking hatchback that will join the coupe and sedan.
Compared to the sedan, the new body style trims seven inches from the overall length, but height, width, and wheelbase remain the same. The two-engine lineup mirrors that of today’s Forte, with a 156-hp, 2.0-liter in the base car and a 2.4-liter, 173-hp unit powering the sport version. Either engine offers the choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic with shift paddles.
Other 2011 Forte models follow suit, switching to six-speed transmissions and ditching the current four- and five-speed automatics. The six-speeds should provide a fuel-economy gain.
2011 KIA OPTIMA
The Optima shares its platform and powertrains with the recently introduced 2011 Sonata, but the design is wholly unique. And while we’ve seen hot new designs for both the Sorento and Sportage, the most significant addition to the Kia portfolio is the revamped 2011 Optima sedan.
It features a bold new front fascia, swoopy side lines and a sleek rear end, and with its impressive fuel economy and choice of naturally aspirated or turbocharged power, the Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry indeed have some stiff competition coming in the near future.
The optional V-6 engine is gone, replaced by naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions of a 2.4-liter direct injection 4-cylinder.