By Bob Plunkett
Kia, the inventive automaker out of South Korea, uses this word as the label on the shapely new four-door 2010 Kia Forte sedan, noteworthy for its safety systems as standard equipment and value-packed price points honed to a competitive edge.
The 2010 Kia Forte in notchback sedan configuration calibrates to a generous scale in a stylish and sleek package with surprising space in the five-seat cabin and plenty of spark stemming from a sophisticated four-pack engine.
Each Forte model looks downright handsome with a prominent face, chiseled contours on the body and wheelwell flares that turn into sculpted shoulders. The shapely design will no doubt provoke a second peek, should you find a Forte on the street.
Measures for passenger safety in the cabin extend from the sturdy safety-cage construction to front seatbelts with load-limiting and pretensioning apparatus, backseat restraints with anchors to mount a child's seat, smart multi-stage frontal air bags and side air bags for the front seats along with curtain-style air bags tucked in the ceiling for outboard seats on two rows.
Then the manufacturer supports this product with an impressive warranty program which extends well beyond protection for most other vehicles -- the powertrain is insured for ten years or 100,000 miles and there's a five-year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper shield against defects plus unlimited mileage for a five-year roadside assistance program with emergency towing and even lockout service.
And Kia racks the MSRP chart quite low for Forte -- down to $13,695 for Forte LX with a manual shifter.
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