New Kia 2021 Kia Forte in Southfield MI for Sale near Detroit l Southfield MI

2021 Kia Forte in Southfield MI

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2021 Kia Forte in Southfield MI

Vehicle Overview

The silky smooth 2021 Kia Forte rolls in at just under $18,000, sporting a wide array of sporty features and practical luxuries that make for a great affordable sedan. This model has been a popular favorite at Glassman Kia near Auburn Hills Novi Clinton Township for awhile now, but its 2021 model promises to make you rethink your sedan purchase this year. If you haven’t explored the 2021 Kia Forte in Southfield yet, do yourself a favorite and get to know this one during this brief review serving Detroit Southfield Dearborn.

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Exterior – 2021 Kia Forte

Glassman Kia can’t stress enough how attractive the new Forte is. It’s a sleek sedan that has “flowing contours,” a sporty fascia, and of course, that well-known tiger-nose grille that Kia is famous for. Front LED lighting gives you a crisper view of the road, while it blends well with the front fascia design and grille this year. Chrome window moldings are standard on higher trims, and body-color touches are all around the model as well. Front LED fog lamps are available. The design on the LED taillamps is really something special, too, serving Detroit Southfield Dearborn customers with a unique but affordable look of luxury. Starting with the GT-Line, you get superb exterior accents that might just get you in the mood to race. The GT-Line features a gloss black rear spoiler, 17-inch graphite finish alloy wheels, and GT-Line sport grille. It’s a unique departure from the usually reserved style of the Forte. In fact, we know a lot of folks who are going to get more than a few compliments because they opted for the more affordable Forte over its overpriced counterparts.

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Interior – 2021 Kia Forte in Southfield MI

Kia wanted the 2021 Kia Forte in Southfield to represent “your road, your rules,” and they accomplished this on a feature by feature basis. The interior begins with all the practical things in life a family or individual would want to see on a great economy interior. They give you the ability to equip the interior as fancy or as basic as you want. It starts out with cloth seating and just the basics, and it goes all the way to heated and ventilated seating and a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat. Kia is also giving you the option for a dual zone automatic temperature control layout so that you never have to fiddle with regular old dials and buttons to be comfy near Auburn Hills Novi Clinton Township. You can customize your Forte to save money or you can go all the way with a GT trim. Middle trims also offer a taste of luxury, such as the GT-Line that gives you a power sunroof and SOFINO artificial leather seating. The EX gets a straight SOFINO trim with no cloth thrown in as a blend. Your EX also features amazingly upscale features like a leather-wrapped steering wheel and very easy to use wireless phone charger.

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Mechanical – Forte specs in Southfield

While you can get a 6-speed manual transmission on the Forte FE, there’s also an upgradable option: the Intelligent Variable Transmission. Some folks like to go interactive with their shifting, so if you are old school that way, the manual transmission is an excellent way to be more active in your drive. Another transmission option is a wonderful 7-speed Quick Shift automatic transmission that offers up paddle shifters to really ramp up the driving fun. You’re going to have a blast with this configuration. It’s available on the GT! The GT also gets a sport-tuned suspension with a dual exhaust and 18-inch GT two-tone alloy wheels that look stunning against the Forte’s shape.

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Powertrain – Kia Forte specs in Southfield MI

The base model FE trim is powered by a 2.0L engine that’s ranked at 147 horsepower. The big prize, though, is a 201 horsepower, 1.6 turbocharged engine. It’s this engine that gets paired with the standard 7-speed Quick Shift transmission and nets you those glorious paddle shifters. Rear parking sensors are installed on the GT manual as well to make sure that you have control over your power.

Safety – 2021 Kia Forte dealer

Kia Drive Wise continues to afford drivers with greater peace of mind. The FE trim gets automatic braking and lane departure warning with no strings attached. It’s just standard. Your LXS ramps things up with automatic headlight control so that you never have to be without high beams when you need them. Your GT-line serves up blind spot collision warning and even front fog lights for better visibility. The highest grade safety features are included on the GT Manual, a trim that gives you standard rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors. This year’s Drive Wise gives you enhanced features like blind-spot collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic braking (on very early trims). What you see here is a complete and well-rounded driver-assist platform that secures your Forte and your family. It’s great!

2021 Kia Forte Trim Levels

The blue skies are shining bright over the 2021 Kia Forte in Southfield Michigan. This popular compact sedan is shown this year in a silky blue shade. This promo photo also shows the grille with red accents in the background, giving it that classic Kia racing vibe. Your 2021 Kia Forte trim levels are making big news in Southfield Michigan today because of features like this (and so many more). Are any of these trims a match made just for you? The Forte’s close connection to the Stinger’s style is no secret. Kia proudly lets people know that the Forte is inspired – in some ways – by the Stinger. The brand’s love for racing is also no secret. Where there’s tire-spinning racing action, Kia just might be behind it. They prize cornering efficiency, among other things. This year’s trim lineup reflects all of Kia’s most ambitious racing-inspired features. Our dealership offers all of them, including the FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, GT, and GT Manual.


A good base model isn’t just equipped for value. It has all your basics of life, all with the same amazing style of the model you love. The 147 horsepower FE has a 6-speed manual transmission with it. And for you pro drivers out there, it’s amazing to see manual still make it into one of the most exciting to drive cars on earth right now (the 2021 Kia Forte). Kia’s generous 8-inch touchscreen display is another solid entry to the vehicle’s attributes. Add in automatic emergency braking tech and lane departure warning, and you’ve got one of the nicest all-around base models in the world right now. It’s one of our favorite of the trims.


The trim levels get nicer as we go. Next up, we have the LSX. This one comes in many more color options than the FE. You can choose from Currant Red, Snow White Pearl, and Aurora Black Pearl. Another big boost in value comes from the Intelligent Variable Automatic Transmission. There’s nothing wrong with not controlling shifts and just enjoying your commute. The transmission on the LSX is an excellent reason to grab the LSX. Need more? The 16-inch machine finish alloy wheels and automatic headlamp control give you a few extras that make a bump in trim worth it. Kia is a master at maximizing the value of their trim levels.


Get ready to sport things up with your GT-Line. This is the place where everything starts racing. The GT-Line is decorated with 17-inch Graphite finish alloy wheels, a gloss black rear spoiler, GT-Line Sport Grille and Side Sills, and so much more. The SOFINO artificial leather and cloth seat trim goes over sport seats. Elegant white stitching is carefully woven into the design for a premium finish.


The EX’s interior unleashes features like a Harman Kardon premium audio system, UVO Link with touchscreen nav, and SOFTINO artificial leather seat trim (no partial cloth on this one). The driver has it especially good in the Forte EX. You’ll enjoy 10-way adjustable power seating that lets you find your comfort zone and stay in it during the entire ride. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is thrown in for luxury. Convenience is everywhere in the cabin. You’ll enjoy a wireless phone charger, steering-wheel mounted audio controls, and rear-camera display. If you’re a person who doesn’t like dreading a day because of the weather, you’ll love the EX’s ventilated and heated front seats. The moment you step in your Forte, things will be just the right temperature for you band of merry friends and family.

Other trims: Both the GT and GT Manual are the Forte at its most powerful. A 1.6L turbocharged 201 horsepower engine combines with a 7-speed Quick Shift DCT automatic transmission with paddle shifters. On the outside, things get bolder, too. 18-inch GT two-tone allow wheels and a sport-tuned suspension and dual exhaust give you a racecar Forte that keeps up with the best of them. Anyone would be lucky to drive home in a Forte GT or GT manual.

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Our 2021 Kia Forte trim levels review was created to help you pick out your next Forte. There’s a lot of variation between the trims. The GT goes all sporty, the EX sides with luxury, and the FE is more about simple driving fun and value. Our sales team is always happy to help you shop. Call or write to us if you have questions about any of these trims or need basic information about the 2021 Forte. The team can also help you schedule a test drive of any of these Kia models.

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