This was my 1st car that i purchased on my own 2 1/2 years ago and i can honestly say it was well money spent. I love my car so much it is very reliable and i can't stress it enough on how much gas it saves! Inside is very comfortable, easy to steer, entertainment is great, speakers are loud, Bluetooth workes perfect and seat adjustment is easy and accurate. This makes a great 1st car, unfortunately i have to give my up for something bigger because the back is a little to small for my babies carseat. Not a family car at all. But thats honestly the only Con about the forte.
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.
I purchased a used 2011 Kia Forte. I didn't want a new car Note so I decided to get a used vehicle... I Love my Vehicle. It is the first time I have driven a small vehicle in a very long time... My previous vehicle was a durango. I am getting use to the smaller size but the ride is ok, I love the interior design. I love the gas milage.
I bought my Forte EX 2011 new. I am disappointed with the gas mileage I've obtained which for an entire tank remains averages between 20-25 mpg with about 60% city and 40% hwy driving. Yet the worst features are the audio unit and the customer service (both corporate and local). My audio unit will randomly start whistling loudly, will turn itself off, bluetooth turns on and makes settings changes without prompting, the CD device fails, and all of these issue repeated after KIA replaced my audio unit with a brand new one. These glitches occur a few times a week while I'm driving. I've had complaints with KIA that have not been resolved for the past 4 months. I feel ignored by KIA.
The Forte EX has a nice design and sufficient power under the hood.
The seats are comfortable and the dash is relatively visually appealing.
The audio unit is poorly designed.
It requires a $70 additional cable to use the USB function with an iPod device and even with the KIA made USB it is not compatible with most functions of the Apple iPods or iPhones.
Audio unit has many glitches which need KIA service does not seem to understand nor are able to fix.
The gas mileage performs below their advertised EPA estimate.
Customer service does a poor job of following up with customers and resolving problems (I often get stuck with leaving voicemails and my calls are rarely returned within a month long period).
KIA has not stood behind their products or fixed the issues I've had with my 2011 Forte EX even with "platinum warranty".