We have a 2010 FORTE EX lease car for $ 239 a month with -0- down, -0- first month payment and a $ 400 disposition fee. So our monthly cost for this car is pretty low.
We have 20,000 miles on it to date.
We just drive 500 miles Sunday Dec 9,2012 and we got somewhere between 32 and 35 MPG.
We have Blizzack Snow tires, four adults in the car, limited luggage.
We adjusted the seats to get good leg room, we are all 6 foot tall.
We have the Automatic 4 speed. The car's equipment all works good.
We have had no dealer service.
We do oils changes and tire changes. That is all. Our dealer is a dishonest crook. ( Vision Kia of Fairport NY ). He can't change so we just pray for him and hope for best
This car has quick acceleration and decent space for nearly every possible use. The rear seats fold flat from latches in the trunk. You can carry larger items.
Ventilation works good. You can use the A/C to clear the windshield fog, or turn it off and just have the heat only. That saves gas too.
Car does not become unusable when you add more passangers. My Chevy HHR dropped to 28 MPG when I had my family in car for day trips. ECOTEC Chevy motor does not have good torque at low RPM.
See if the rear seat latches could be inside the front of car.
See if you can add a temperature readout to the rear view mirror.
Can the MPG be displayed on the dahsboard?