That’s exactly why I went with a manual FE and I’m glad I did before they killed it. It’s a fantastic car, and the 2.0L manual combo is such a joyI understand why people would get the GT-line... many probably are not comfortable with the quirkiness of the dct.. for me the cvt was the deal breaker. But if I was to get a 2.0 forte it would be the most stripped down model they make (6 speed manual required), keep that sucker light as a feather. It’s a bummer it’s cvt only.
Bought two sets off Amazon for $47 yesterday. I put them in my LXS and the GT-line. They are just right for color to match the led lighting on the front of the GT-line and they look great on the LXS. Nice and bright too. Good find, thanks. Amazon.com: LASFIT 9005 HB3 LED Bulbs 60W 6000LM Super Bright, 2023 Upgrade 9005 LED Conversion Kits, 6000K Cool White 360 Adjustable Beam, 30000+ Hour Lifespan, IP67, Plug and Play (2 Bulbs) : AutomotiveFor the headlights I put these in
LA Plus Series 9005 HB3 LED bulbs 60W 6000LM 6000K Amplified Flux Beam｜2 Bulbs. They are totally plug and play, have better light output and appearance.
If I was making a purchase decision now instead of two years ago, I would get a GT. Even with the IVT being a good trans, I worry about long term reliability, and want a manual in such a light, fun-to-drive car. Since the don't make an FE manual anymore, GT manual it would be.If I was shopping for a 2023 forte I would probably get the GT line but only with the sport premium package to get heated and ventilated seats. It’s unfortunately the only trim that comes fully loaded now other than the GT. I wish they still made the EX Trim in the US, because that’s what I would pick over the GT line lol. I’m not a huge fan of the GT and GT line styling personally. Only thing I wish Kia would do is add the LED headlights from the GT to some lower trim levels! I think most people choose the GT Line because of the GT styling, features, gas mileage, and simplicity. A family member recently got a 2023 Kia Rio with the IVT, honestly it is a fantastic transmission. I am very very impressed by it. Don’t know how the IVT will age long term, but I had zero complaints. Cars and especially Kia have come so far, any Forte trim level isn’t a bad choice!