I traded my 2009 Nissan Versa Hatchback for the 2012 Kia Forte Ex. So far I love it. It had all the bells and whistles that I wanted without the extra cost. It's a lot more fun to drive than the versa.
Blue tooth, interior style, the front seat set up
The only thing I would change is if my radio
told me the title or a song haha
This car is a tank! I was not paying as much attention as I should have been and nearly rear ended a truck but instead jerked the wheel at like 40 mph skidded sideways like 50 ft and hit and then jumped a curb, all it did was give the rim a small bit of rim rash it still drives fine and is still in alignment. The mileage though is not what it said it should be even though using medium grade does make a notable difference in this and power. And it is sorta peppy. It has plenty of room, I am almost 6'' and am not skinny. And yes it drives like butter, only problem is the stock tires are not very shall we say "grippy". I am at 35,000 miles with absolutely no issue just tune-up type stuff.
Wife likes it, easy to tune-up. has a nice stance
Better tires stock, some map holders on the back of the seats. And a nicer exhaust exit on base model, it is not like it costs that much.
I've only had this car for about a month and have really liked it so far.
The ease that the majority of functions in this car is nice compared to my previous car.
Even though the majority of my driving has been shorter in-city distances, its gas milage has been pretty close to estimated mileage.
I will soon see how well the gas mileage does with a long trip.
I got this car because of the fold down seats and the great interest rate.
I do a lot of camping and traveling so the fold down seats were critical since I sometimes car camp.
I am able to comfortably lay down in the back area for a cat nap during a long trip or to get a good nights sleep.
I am trading it in only because I want the four wheel drive but this car performed pretty decent on forest roads for what it is.
It rides very nice too. I borrowed some chevy car of the same size for a week and when I got my Forte back, it felt like driving butter!
It is reliable too.
20k miles and not a single engine problem at all!
The build quality of the interior is pretty decent.
Had it for a year of HARD use and it still looks very nice!
The gas milage is not very good for a car of it's size.
I do decent in the city at 28 but only get 33 on the highway... not impressive.
However, you do get a nice back area when the seats fold back so I think it is a fair trade off.
The stereo is also very poor.
The volume is far too low and some music is not listenable when driving on the highway.
Also, the display for the ipod is very annoying since there is no alphabetical so you literally have to turn the knob for 30 seconds to get to some artists.
Other then those two small things, this car is great and I would recommend it to anyone.
Forgot to mention Kia's amazing 60k warranty!
Needed a new car for my daily commute, and have wanted a hatchback for a while too, so came across the Kia Forte, and found that while its not the top of the line model, it offers everything that I needed in a functional and stylish package.
Bluetooth, satellite radio availability, very good MPG. Roomier than you would think, especially in the back.
The standard 2.0 has 150hp, but sometimes feels like it has less than that.