I absolutely adored this car. Bought it brand new off the lot, had one weird fluttering valve issue to start, that got fixed immediately and for free, and then I literally never had a single problem with this car since. It was reliable; I drove it 4 hours to and fro from college to visit home quite a few times, and I took this thing across the US in three days. Fantastic.
I just totalled it (I am unhurt, thank you, KIA!) and am already on the hunt for my next Kia.
I guess a lot of people complain about road noise? I didn't notice. Stereo could be a bit better and front seat a bit more comfy. I never did any of the 15,000/ 25,000 whatever mile maintenance either. They kept telling me the car was in such great shape I didn't need to and it looks like they were right.
I have Kia Forte 5 for 1 months, I loved hatchbacks before I had VW Golf so I wanted to try Kia.... I didn't read the reviews before I got my car. It is rough car. Every time I get in to not even surface it seems to me that car is going to break down cause of rough and noise inside. Poor gas saving. I like those toys inside for standard trim and fun to drive. If I knew that this car is so rough I'd never buy it.
I have logged 34k miles with no reliability issues whatsoever. I am nearly 6ft tall, 220lbs, and feel very comfortable in this smallish car. I find it notably more spacious in the footwell than both the Focus and Mazda3 I recently rented on biz trips.
I am very partial to manual transmissions, and chose this car for that reason. Clutch action is very predictable, and gear changes are positive. Though this car is not exactly fast, the transmission adds great fun to driving, and I recommend a manual for all people who enjoy driving as I do.
I average about 33mpg in mixed driving, 37+ on sustained freeway trips.
I like exterior styling, shoulder and knee/leg room, good clutch/manual transmission, Bluetooth enabled audio, good visibility, comfortable seat.
I do my own service work, and I have found the engine oil filter and air filter very easy to access.
Brakes are also easily inspected.
The upholstery is not very stain resistant, nor is the carpeting (floor covering actually) of high quality.
This is a base model car, and I mostly expected this.
Lastly, engine is a tad noisy (valve tappets) when cold, but that goes away when warmed up.
My husband I just bought this car a week ago and it has been the best decision we have made in a long time. The dealer we use has also helped with making it a great experience, but the car sold itself. Even tho it was used, you would never know. The handling, dependability, and overall car is great.
Our Favorite features would have to be the handling and ride of the car.
The inside is great, but to be a used car it's "broken in" just right.
The backseat is also roomy for our kids and us.
I love this car as it is.
Im not sure on about how to get improvements.