2011 Kia Forte Koup Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
Super fast for 2.4L non turbo, shifting paddles, smooth transmission shifts, leather with red stitch accents, music lights up speakers, carpet, new mats (covered with Weather Tech) no snow, no rain car, polished, chrome exhaust tips (2) all black plastic is like new, no events, perfect paint, headlights could be brighter (no Phillip bulb replacements, will burn through plastic, running with fog lamps on solves path lighting) Auto transmission great for new drivers. This is a perfect high school car. mine is a 2011, the Audi A4 look alike with sports wing on trunk. This model had to be discontinued due to Audi (Designer came from Audi to Kia and took too many great Audi styling hints) This makes this 2 door very special, no other model looks like it, has the Audi Grill, wind skirt, mud flaps, locking Hubs to protect the smoke gray custom wheels only offered on the 2011.
2011 Kia Forte Koup Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
I absolutely adored this car. Bought it brand new off the lot, had one weird fluttering valve issue to start, that got fixed immediately and for free, and then I literally never had a single problem with this car since. It was reliable; I drove it 4 hours to and fro from college to visit home quite a few times, and I took this thing across the US in three days. Fantastic.
I just totalled it (I am unhurt, thank you, KIA!) and am already on the hunt for my next Kia.
I guess a lot of people complain about road noise? I didn't notice. Stereo could be a bit better and front seat a bit more comfy. I never did any of the 15,000/ 25,000 whatever mile maintenance either. They kept telling me the car was in such great shape I didn't need to and it looks like they were right.
2011 Kia Forte Koup Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 6M)
Bought a 2010 Forte Koup SX on a great deal. Brand new on the lot with the two features I wanted (Moonroof and auto-dim mirror) for $16,500!
Driving on Northeastern PA roads does put this car at a disadvantage: Between too stiff of a ride and 45 profile tires, you REALLY feel everything. Also had the misfortune of busting two tires within a month on the area's wonderful roads...
That aside, it handles like a dream, has fun acceleration, is one of the best looking sub-20k cars on the road, and the accelerator pedal can be tweaked to feel better through this guide:
Love the look of this thing... in Race Red, the car pops in the sun after a good polishing.
Handling is great, engine has plenty of "oomph", Sound system is surprisingly good, LOVE the USB connection! Just fill a thumb drive and leave it in there with all your favorite music, and the interior while not as exciting as the exterior, I still find pretty nice.
Gas mileage has been pretty much as advertised, 22mpg is easily had in the city, grabbing 32 on the highway is a bit harder, but have been avg 26-28mpg with 60/40 city/hwy driving.
26.5k on the car so far :)
Gotta work on that suspension and road noise... It costs maybe an extra $100 to stick some sound deadening material in the wheel-wells and floor to minimize how much noise comes through.
Have a little more forgiveness with ride, little more refinement in either the dampening systems or springs is needed.
Clutch is probably one of the quirkiest to get used to, and the shifter is OK
2011 Kia Forte Koup Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
I selected the forte EX coupe over the SX because I didn't want a sunroof and, more important, I already have a set of winter tires and rims that would fit the EX, but not the SX. I was impressed with the long list of standard features that are extra-cost options on cars like the Civic, Cruze, Corolla and Focus. In addition, compact coupes are becoming quite rare now, but the Forte fulfills my needs almost perfectly. Its 156 hp engine, 2845 lbs. weight and 6-speed manual transmission combine for lively performance and excellent gas mileage. In addition, it handles well, absorbs bumps better than my previous vehicle and brakes smoothly. It's also quite unique; I've seen very few others yet.
The car has plenty of interior storage space with compartments, cubbyholes and shelves all over, something that its domestic counterparts lack. With features like traction and stability control handling inspires confidence. The A/C works well as does the cruise control and audio system. The transmission shifts smoothly and once I got used to using the 6th gear, the fuel economy has lived up to what was advertised. I'm good for 34.8 mpg (based on the Imperial gallon) in driving that has been 75% city 25% highway. Former Audi head designer Peter Schreyer has managed to give the Koup a look that is both compact, yet muscular, something like a scaled-down Camaro.
The large rear window might benefit from a wiper. There's a bit of a blind spot where the left windshield pillar and doorframe meet. I wouldn't mind a temperature gauge either. The turn signal stalk could be made a bit stiffer so that when a person is signalling a lane change the flasher doesn't continue to stay on. The EX Koup's standard wheel covers, despite having an attractive design, should have been of a brighter finish. The grey one makes the wheels look dirty from a distance. The horn should be louder and more assertive.
2011 Kia Forte Koup Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
I purchased a Kia Forte SX Coupe 2 months back for about 16k. It had 6,000 miles on it and was is great shape. Now that the honeymoon is over I'm still very pleased with my purchase.
My Kia is definitely turning heads in the parking lot, something that doesn't often happen with a car < 20k. Besides the attractive styling, the comfortable interior with leather and power sunroof (optional) make it a very comfortable daily driver. Further, when you're feeling more engaged, the stiff suspension and ample horsepower make it a blast to drive.
Compared to other "economy sport" cars like the Civic or Mazda3, I feel the Forte Koup SX is far and away the best "fun to dollars" ratio.
The large sunroof, 17" rims (I have 18's on mine, easily doable with low-profile tires) and aggressive styling are all top on my list.
The clean console and bright display is also a definite plus.
The engine size is an excellent balance between ample power and fuel efficiency. Kia hasn't gamed the statistics on the MPG - my trip computer consistently reads 23 city / 35 highway, exactly what was predicted.
An option for power seats would be nice.
The Bluetooth software could definitely be improved as well - the car interrupts the radio with a grating "Transfer Complete" a minute or so after you get in the car with a paired device. Call quality is also poor, due to road noise and a low-quality microphone in the pillar.
The gear selector for the automatic is needlessly complex - getting the car from Park -> Drive involves twisting your wrist multiple directions in a precise motion, something that becomes tedious if you're getting in and out of the car 10 times a day.