Thursday, October 14, 2010

Forte in Top 10 MSN best under $15k

KIA FORTE NAMED TO MSN AUTOS “TOP 10 CARS UNDER $15,000” LIST-Kia Compact Sedan Honored by Leading Online Automotive Resource

  • Forte praised for offering advancements in style and performance
  • Compact sedan heralded for overall value, style and comfort

IRVINE, Calif., June 9, 2010 – Recently announced as a top-rated sedan under $15,000 in the Consumers’ Top Rated®1 vehicle awards for 2010, the Kia Forte has now been named to the “Top 10 Cars under $15,000” list by leading automotive Web site MSN Autos. Forte was recognized for its overall value, style, handling and functionality and utility.

"One of the first vehicles rolled out under Kia’s exciting new design direction, Forte offers consumers the whole package with sleek styling, standard safety features, an abundance of technology and immense value,” said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing, KMA. “Receiving this recognition by such a well-respected outlet as MSN Autos further solidifies Forte as a leading contender in its segment and a viable choice among consumers.”

“No longer a second-class citizen, Kia's compact offering is a profound stylistic and mechanical advancement,” said Evan Griffey of MSN Autos.

Aiming to present consumers with a list of vehicles offering the best overall value, MSN Autos compared a number of new vehicles available in the market today based on style, comfort, standard features, safety and functionality and narrowed it down to their proposed 10 best.

Available in three trims, LX, EX and SX, pricing for the Forte sedan starts at $13,695 for the LX trim, while the EX begins at $15,995 and the SX starts at $17,4952. In addition to competitive pricing, Forte also comes well-stocked with a long list of standard amenities, starting with a AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system outfitted with SIRIUS Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service3. Also standard on all models is an auxiliary audio input jack and USB port for connecting personal MP3 players as well as Bluetooth®4 wireless technology and connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls, which enables hands-free operation for all compatible mobile phones.

All Forte models present an impressive combination of standard safety features with active front headrests, advanced two-stage airbags, front seat-mounted and side curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with an antilock brake system (ABS), brake assist (BAS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), a traction control system (TCS) and a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).