I traded my three year old PT Cruiser... which I would have kept if it had not gotten such awful fuel enonomy..
So I wanted another hatch back.
The seating position of the Forte is like a race car .. I have to get used to that and the smaller wheel.. but handling is precise and very fun.. The Korean tires are made with nylon rather than polyester which I think causes too firm a ride at times.. They otherwise handle just fine..
I had to pay a guy to put on painted body side mouldings.. KIA does not offer factory body side mouldings..
that was a small pain ... first tank of gas with mixed driving was 27.. that's good...
Overall quite happy so far.
6 speed auto with manual shift capability.
Make mileage computer standard on all models..
Change the top gear shift program so it does not go into 6th gear at 40 mph.. causes the engine to labor..
Use a premium US made tire for a better ride..
Manual inside hatch release would be nice.. or push utton in the cabin.
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