Easy Commuter - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX: Easy Commuter

May 27, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

In the past, I've commented on what a good road trip car our 2014 Kia Forte is. But the Forte also serves very well in the considerably less glamorous, but much more commonplace role as a commuter. From start to finish, the Forte makes it as easy as possible. Walk up to the car and the perimeter lights automatically greet you. Open the door, hop in and fire it up. All while leaving the key in your pocket thanks to the optional keyless entry/ignition system.

Once underway, the Kia's peppy, on-point response makes putting some distance between me and unpredictable, inattentive drivers a snap. During the ride in, the Forte's comfortable seats (they fit my shorter frame just fine), quiet cabin and respectable (if not quite as refined as our Mazda 3's) ride quality further reduce commuter stress. And once I've arrived and it's time to park, the rearview camera with its color-coded proximity lines makes that task a quick and easy exercise in precision.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 17,135 miles

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