Good value, roomy for its class, lacks great handling
By turgon on
2011 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
I traded in my 8 year old Pontiac Vibe for the Forte EX (ECO), which I use as a long-distance commuter car. I purchased the Forte on price and decent reviews after test driving some of the competition in this class.
I am happy with the acceleration, comfort, interior space, and styling of the vehicle.
Combined gas mileage thus far through the first 2k miles has averaged in the low 30s mpg in my commute of mixed highway and city driving, which is virtually identical to my former Vibe and acceptable to me as the Forte ECO is rated 37/27.
Steering still feels a bit uncertain to me and handling on windy roads does not compare to my former Vibe, which I did not notice in my initial test drive.
Space (best that I experienced in this class and suitable for the car seat in the rear seat), comfort, and generous standard features
More confident steering and centering of steering wheel, does not stick to the pavement in "fun" driving on curvy roads as well as a vehicle in this class should