2017 Kia Forte LX vs. S vs. EX Cape Coral Naples FL

Seals & Crofts popularized "Summer Breeze" with their 1972 hit by the same name, but they didn't invent it. Well, the 2017 Kia Forte wasn't there when breeze began, either, but it sure does feel like you're feeling the wind for the first time, with a sportier-than-ever design for 2017 and available sun roof in two of its available trim levels. Add that to the 2017 Forte's new powertrain, and you have the compact that would have made Seals & Crofts take a time machine from 1972 to now and hit the dealership lot in search of this car, were the technology available to them.

One of the nice updates for the 2017 model year is a new trim level option to make three total, and we'll look at all three as we compare the 2017 Kia Forte LX vs. 2017 Kia Forte S vs. 2017 Kia Forte EX, available in the middle months of 2016 in the Cape Coral and Naples FL area, and dealerships all over. Base LX models make a move up from a 1.8L engine in 2016 to a 2.0L engine with an uptick in performance, as well, with 147 HP. The fuel economy moves upward, too, with a wallet-friendly 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.

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2017 Kia Forte LX 2017 Kia Forte S 2017 Kia Forte EX
2.0-liter 4-cyl Multi-Point Injection (MPI) engine 2.0-liter 4-cyl Multi-Point Injection (MPI) engine 2.0-liter 4-cyl Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine
147 HP 147 HP 164 HP
29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway 25 mpg city, 33 mpg highway
Manual transmission available, not UVO3 compatible New trim for 2017, 16-inch wheels, UVO3 standard 17-inch wheels, UVO3 standard

Find a New 2017 Forte in Cape Coral and Fort Myers FL

A brand-new-for-2017 trim level is the sporty 2017 Kia Forte S, which has the same performance as base LX models but adds standard UVO3 telematics, so you now are able to store up to 8 GB of music, play streaming audio and get directions if need be. Fuel economy is same as the base trims at 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway. The top of the line is the 2017 Kia Forte EX, which ramps up the power to 164 HP in a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder GDI engine, while offering an upgrade in wheel size to 17 inches and the same infotainment options of the S trim, with access to UVO3.

What all three trim levels have in common is Kia engineering and quality, as well as the playful and stylish design that takes the 2016 Kia Optima's confident disposition and makes it work for this distinctive compact. No matter which trim level you prefer, the 2017 Kia Forte is a fantastic compact and we have it at Airport Kia, 3325 Westview Drive in Naples, FL. We also serve the Fort Myers and Cape Coral areas, as well as Bonita Springs and Marco Island. For more information please call us at (844) 521-8849 or come see us in person to test drive a Kia Forte today.

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