Used 2010 Kia Forte

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2010 Kia Forte

Pros

  • Attractive exterior design, good fuel economy, excellent handling in SX trim, affordable, long warranty, standard Bluetooth.

Cons

  • Four-speed automatic's overly wide gear spacing, tepid handling except for SX.

Used 2010 Kia Forte for Sale

Kia Forte 2010 Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
111,835 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup EX
List$5,991
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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2010 Kia Forte Koup EX Coupe with 118,000 miles. Ebony Black over Black. Options Include: Automatic Transmission with, 16-inch Alloy Wheels, Satellite Radio, USBAUX Audio Inputs, Sport Seats, Split Fold Down Rear Seat, and much more. This car is in great shape with a Clean Accident Free CarFAX History Report. The car has been inspected by our Factory Trained Technicians and passed Virginia State Inspection. An Extended Warranty is available for this car, Call Today for An Appointment. Visit Us Today Stop by Honda of Tysons Corner located at 1580 Spring Hill Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 for a quick visit and a great vehicle!
Kia Forte 2010 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
45,433 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
EX
List$7,730
Est.Loan: $158/mo
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2010 FORTE EX ** LOCAL TRADE ** ONE OWNER ** BLUETOOTH ** KEYLESS ENTRY ** USB AND AUX INPUT ** POWER LOCKS ** POWER WINDOWS ** OUR VEHICLES RECEIVE QUALITY INSPECTIONS AND ARE SERVICED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE CONTACT US TODAY.OUR VEHICLES RECEIVE QUALITY INSPECTIONS AND ARE SERVICED TO THE HIGHEST STANDARDS. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS VEHICLE CONTACT US TODAY. BROWN'S FAIRFAX NISSAN PROUDLY OFFERS HAGGLE FREE, COMPETITIVE PRICING!
Kia Forte 2010 Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
147,228 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup EX
List$4,965
Est.Loan: $102/mo
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$137 Below Market
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WOW HERE IS A SUPER  SOUGHT AFTER FUN COUPE  2010 KIA FORTE KOUP EX ONE OWNER IN GREAT SHAPE INSIDE AND OUTON THE WEEKLY SPECIAL LOADED WITH;**ONE OWNER** **SUNROOF** **WEEKLY SPECIAL** **ALLOY WHEELS**  **BLUETOOTH** **AUX JACK** **PREMIUM SOUND SYSTEM** AND MORE.  VA INSPECTED CARFAX CERTIFIED SERVICED AND BACKED BY WARRANTY AT OUR FIRM MASKING PRICE PLUS $395 PROCESSING FEE. Internet Prices are based on cash or cashier's check. Our Internet price does not include a $395 Processing fee Tags title and FINANCE FEES!
Kia Forte 2010 Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
118,547 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup SX
CarMax
18 mi away
List$8,998
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Kia Forte 2010 Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
66,920 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup SX
List$7,495
Est.Loan: $153/mo
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$206 Below Market
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***LOADED, HEATED SEATS, LEATHER, SUNROOF...........................2010 KIA FORTE KOUP, RACING RED WITH A BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR, 6 SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION, SIRIUS/CD/MP3/BLUETOOTH, LEATHER WRAPPED STEERING WHEEL, TINTED GLASS, ALLOY WHEELS, CLEAN CARFAX, ONLY 66K MILES***MUST PRINT AND PRESENT INTERNET AD FOR SPECIAL INTERNET PRICING BEFORE YOUR SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT. PLEASE CALL MAXIMUM AUTO OUTLET AT 703.822.7998. GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVALS FOR EVERYONE. FINANCE RATES AS LOW AS 2.99 APR. WE ARE LOCATED AT 8503-O EUCLID AVE, MANASSAS PARK, VA 20111. OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK.PRICE EXCLUDES TAXES, TITLE, LICENSE, $595 DEALER PROCESSING FEE, & FINANCE CHARGES. ALL VEHICLES SOLD AS-IS, SEE BUYERS GUIDE FOR WARRANTY OPTIONS.
Kia Forte 2010
100,000 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
EX
Carplex
18.9 mi away
List$5,995
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Kia Forte 2010 Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A)
106,932 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup SX
List$8,000
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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$220 Below Market
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Kia... Forte... Koup... SX... FWD... 5-Speed Manual w/Sportmatic... 2.4L... Cloth Seats... Sunroof... FM/AM Radio... Bluetooth.............Check us OUT!!!!!!!.......Welcome to the COUNTRY! Big Town Volume with a Small Town Feel....
Kia Forte 2010 Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
87,833 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup EX
List$5,990
Est.Loan: $123/mo
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Kia Forte 2010 SX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
79,410 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
SX
List$8,500
Est.Loan: $174/mo
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Kia Forte 2010 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
147,045 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
EX
List$3,996
Est.Loan: $82/mo
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$110 Below Market
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WARRANTY......PRICE BELOW KBB VALUE.....Great on gas.....BURGUNDY exterior and BLACK interior .Features include...........CD player ..power sunroof..power window power doorlock keyless entry alarm AC Heat ready to go price includes 6 month6000 mile warranty please give us a call at 703-629-9371 or or 540-582-8151
Kia Forte 2010 SX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
71,062 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
SX
List$7,988
Est.Loan: $163/mo
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Kia Forte 2010 Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
114,058 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup EX
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Kia Forte 2010
109,804 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
EX
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Kia Forte 2010 Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A)
34,700 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup EX
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Kia Forte 2010
108,000 miles
Used 2010
Kia Forte
Koup SX
Carplex
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Edmunds' Expert Review

Unlike the bargain-bin Spectra that it replaces, the new 2010 Kia Forte is good enough to compete against perennial segment stars from Honda, Mazda and Toyota.

vehicle overview

Penned by a former Audi designer, the 2010 Kia Forte's sleek exterior signals that it's no longer business as usual in Kia's compact sedan department. The Forte's predecessor, the Spectra, was known for its cut-rate pricing and little else, but the new car announces its presence with authority thanks to crisp overall lines and unusual details like an upswept kink at the A-pillar. There are also derivative elements -- the nose is distinctly Civic-like, for example -- but the Forte is undoubtedly one of the best-looking small cars on the market. The question is whether the car itself is as good as the wrapper it comes in.

As it turns out, this Kia is actually a very competitive car, from its 156-horsepower base engine to its impressive fuel economy. The interior is pleasant, too, with plenty of standard features on most trim levels and decent-quality materials. As with the old Spectra, you get a lot for your money (including a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty), but this time around you're not going to feel as if you're driving a red-tag special. There's even a sharp-looking two-door "Koup" version that heaps an extra helping of two-door style onto the sedan's underpinnings.

As with any car, of course, things aren't perfect with the Forte. For one thing, the base 2.0-liter engine's four-speed automatic transmission -- the powertrain arrangement we expect most Forte buyers will be opting for -- is saddled with extraordinarily tall gearing. This helps fuel economy, of course, but it also means that you may not be able to summon those 156 horses when you need them. Additionally, the Forte's handling is uninspiring in the LX and EX trims -- we strongly recommend the SX model, as its more powerful engine and sport-tuned suspension make a big difference in the overall character of the car.

All things considered, the 2010 Kia Forte makes a strong case for itself as a legitimate alternative to established all-stars like the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Scion tC and Toyota Corolla. From fuel economy to backseat space, this Kia is remarkably solid -- and in SX trim, it's also one of the most enjoyable economy cars to drive. There can be little doubt that the 2010 Forte marks Kia's arrival as a serious player in this hotly contested segment.

Trim levels & features

The 2010 Kia Forte is a four-door compact car available in LX, EX and SX trims; The two-door "Koup" is available in EX or SX trim only.

Standard equipment on the base LX includes 15-inch steel wheels, a six-way-adjustable driver seat, a tilt steering column, Bluetooth connectivity and a four-speaker CD/MP3 audio system with USB and auxiliary audio jacks. The EX adds air-conditioning, full power accessories, a six-speaker layout for the sound system, cruise control and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat with (on the sedan only) a center armrest and adjustable rear headrests. The EX Koup adds 16-inch alloy wheels, firmer suspension tuning, sport front seats and a sportier exhaust note.

The SX trim tacks on a larger 2.4-liter engine, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, wider tires, foglights, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, an enhanced gauge cluster, a trip computer, unique cloth upholstery and metallic interior trim. On top of these items and the EX Koup's extras, the SX Koup gets unique 17-inch alloys and a sportier version of the SX sedan's suspension, along with illuminated red speaker surrounds that can be configured to blink in time to the beat.

Options on the LX include air-conditioning and the split-folding rear seat, but power accessories are unavailable. The EX has an expanded range of options, including a sunroof, 16-inch alloy wheels (sedan only) and leather upholstery with heated front seats. A Fuel Economy package for the EX sedan adds a five-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering, low-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic enhancements. SX options are limited to the sunroof and heated leather seats. Notably, the SX's standard tilt-and-telescoping steering column cannot be specified on the LX and EX trims, which offer tilt only.

2010 Highlights

The 2010 Kia Forte is an all-new compact car available in sedan and coupe body styles. It offers impressive styling and feature content at an attractive price.

Performance & mpg

The 2010 Kia Forte LX and EX get a 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 156 hp and 144 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. Ordering the EX sedan's Fuel Economy package changes out the four-speed auto for a more efficient five-speed automatic. The SX has a larger 2.4-liter four that generates 173 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque; it gets a standard six-speed manual transmission or the same optional five-speed automatic as the EX.

For most Forte models, fuel economy is above average for the small car segment. The LX and EX (with either transmission) have a 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 28 mpg combined EPA estimate. Opting for the Fuel Economy package bumps the EX's figures to 27/36/30 mpg. The more powerful Forte SX has a less impressive 22/32/26 mpg rating with the six-speed manual and 23/31/26 with the five-speed automatic.

Safety

Standard Forte safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

Driving

The 2010 Kia Forte isn't exactly a driver's car in LX or EX guise. There's lots of body roll during enthusiastic cornering, and the steering is rather numb. However, the SX model's sport-tuned suspension makes for a night-and-day difference. It's still not as sharp as something like a Honda Civic Si, but the SX's overall driving dynamics put it at the head of the economy class.

In any trim, the ride is comfortable enough, and with the exception of intrusive road noise on some surfaces, the Forte is a confident highway cruiser. The four-speed automatic's tall gearing means you've barely crested 3,000 rpm in 2nd gear at 45 mph -- good for your gas budget, but decidedly unhelpful if you need to pass anyone while traveling at that speed. On the plus side, the the five-speed automatic is a capable unit, particularly when mated to the SX's 2.4-liter engine. The SX's manual shifter, however, is as vague and rubbery as they come.

Interior

The new Kia Forte's dashboard design doesn't raise the bar aesthetically -- frankly, it's pretty boring -- but it includes easy-to-read gauges, a clean layout and generally intuitive audio and climate controls. Standard Bluetooth connectivity across the lineup is also a nice touch. Materials quality is good enough to satisfy expectations in this segment. Unfortunately, the telescoping steering column is only available on the SX, meaning taller drivers might have a hard time getting comfortable in the LX and EX.

Rear legroom is good for this class, though the Koup's rear quarters are predictably tighter, and they lack the sedan's center armrest. Trunk space is plentiful, measuring an impressive 14.7 cubic feet in the sedan and 12.6 in the coupe.


Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2010 Kia Forte.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Cute, fun to drive and reliable
LisaB,03/17/2017
This is my wife's car. We've had it for 7 years and other than the basic brakes, tires and battery replacements, it has been flawless. The wife loved the cuteness of it and I admit it has a fun sporty look. Performance wise it is fine, as you might expect from a small car it can beat you up a little on rough roads but overall it has a good ride. It is quick but not fast and is good on gas. I'd say for us it was a winner.
So many problems, so few miles
Thornytoes,11/13/2015
Clutch and flywheel had to be replaced at 70K miles at a cost of over $1500. No aftermarket parts widely available. Speedometer/Odometer replaced at approximately 75K miles. Entire rack and pinion steering assembly had to be replaced at 85K miles at a cost of over $1000. Tires on this care barely reach 15K miles without going bald. Brakes and rotors replaced at 85K miles. This car, while fun to drive and very good looking is expensive to maintain and not very reliable. It is my second Kia and possibly my last. I would advise against any manual transmission in this car. This is a very difficult clutch to drive, and I have driven many. When you have to replace it, get ready pay big bucks.
Have to hand it to Kia
guyonastage,12/30/2013
The sport tuned suspension really makes this car fun to drive. It's no sports car by any means, but it is a beautiful blend of fun and practicality. There's a half inch dead spot in the throttle which makes first gear a royal pain, but it's a very simple fix for someone with a little know-how. Even with the mod, the gas pedal is REALLY light and sensitive. It takes a little getting used to. Blue tooth isn't great, but it's there. Back seats have an impressive amount of space for a coupe. Drivers seat sits high and and only raises from the back. Steering wheel controls are great, audio sounds good, interior controls have a comfortable and logical layout. Well done, Kia.
Great Car
paulst2419,07/19/2012
I purchased the car in May of 2010 and have nearly 25,000 trouble-free miles on it. It has plenty of pep especially since I have added a few aftermarket parts. I get awesome gas mileage, even in the city. Averaging 28 mixed city and hwy. The paint is kinda crappy though. I've had a few cosmetic warranty issues but they were fixed immediately with no trouble from Kia Corporate or my dealership. $18,750 for a fully loaded car with leather, sun roof, and 17 inch wheels I couldn't be happier. The manual transmission took some getting used to. Overall great car.
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Features & Specs

MPG
25 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
4-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
156 hp @ 6200 rpm
MPG
23 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
173 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
25 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
5-speed manual
Gas
156 hp @ 6200 rpm
MPG
22 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
173 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

More about the 2010 Kia Forte
More About This Model

The 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX is a rare mixed bag from Kia, a slick fashion statement that handles better than it needs to and doesn't go as fast as it should. Like fellow Korean giant Hyundai, Kia has churned out a series of remarkably competitive products as of late, not least the Forte SX sedan on which the Koup is based. Indeed, that sedan took down a similarly priced Mazda 3 i in one of our most lopsided comparison tests ever. The Koup, however, could use some fine-tuning.

For years now, the Honda Civic and Scion tC have been the only names worth mentioning among reasonably priced sedan-based two-doors. Enter the Forte Koup, which comes with a choice of two engines, just like its rivals (if you count the tC's dealer-installed supercharger option), but offers more head-turning style than both Japanese entrants put together.

But the stakes are higher for coupes than for sedans, whose buyers often want extra flair in return for surrendering practicality. The 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX has a nice body, but its 173-horsepower four is unchanged from the sedan, whereas the high-revving Civic Si and supercharged tC boast 200 hp apiece and consequently much friskier acceleration.

And while the Koup SX's suspension tuning is sportier than the already capable sedan's — yielding a marginally quicker slalom run — the everyday result is a significantly harsher ride. In the transition from sedan to coupe, what the Forte needed, if anything, was more power — not better handling.

Consumers cross-shopping the comfort-oriented Civic EX coupe and base tC likely will find the Koup SX's ride stiff, and those interested in the Civic Si or supercharged tC will be disappointed with the Kia's lackluster engine. If only those 173 horses could be transformed into 200, or that suspension tuning could be dialed back to the SX sedan's level. One or the other might help the 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX join Kia's ongoing hit parade.

Used 2010 Kia Forte Overview

The Used 2010 Kia Forte is offered in the following submodels: Forte Koup, Forte Sedan. Available styles include LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 4A), Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 4A), SX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 5A), Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 5A), LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M), Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 5M), SX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6M), and Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 6M).

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Save up to $220 on one of 12 Used 2010 Kia Forte for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $3,996 as of10/23/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 3 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2010 Kia Forte trim styles:

  • The Used 2010 Kia Forte EX is priced between $3,996 and$7,730 with odometer readings between 44242 and147045 miles.
  • The Used 2010 Kia Forte Koup EX is priced between $4,965 and$5,991 with odometer readings between 87833 and147228 miles.
  • The Used 2010 Kia Forte Koup SX is priced between $7,495 and$8,998 with odometer readings between 66920 and118547 miles.
  • The Used 2010 Kia Forte SX is priced between $7,988 and$8,500 with odometer readings between 71062 and79410 miles.

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Should I lease or buy a 2010 Kia Forte?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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