Forte EX grade tester has logically-placed switchgear, plus optional heated steering wheel (see 'wheel' button thru opening).
Forte vehicle info intuitively organized in onscreen menu. Shown above chosen "comfort" steering-feel setting.
Cupholders nicely detailed with thin strips of chrome. Seat thigh bolsters generously sized.
Judges loved Forte's "gills," shown at left on driver's side door panel. Also note real stitching on leather armrest.
Forte's rear seat spacious, and safe, thanks to head restraints for all seating positions. Middle restraint adjustable.
Touchscreen's nicely sized virtual buttons make for foolproof selection while driving.
Judge Murphy points out handy "pages" button on steering wheel, which accesses vehicle info menus in gauge cluster.
Top of Forte's instrument panel reveals nice double stitching, minimal seams.
"Gills" as design element also used on Forte's IP, on passenger side.
Cool onscreen graphics, such as image of Forte from behind preceding "Goodbye" message, won judges over.
Kia's new, second-gen Forte lands on our list for 2013, thanks to some unique design touches, great materials, and intuitive, ergonomic controls. (See related story: Fantastic Forte Raises Bar for C-Car Interiors.)
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