2014 Kia Forte: Easy To Drive, But Not Boring
September 17, 2013
There's no modern production vehicle sold today in America that I'd describe as "hard to drive," at least in the sense that something like a Ford Model A would be challenging unless you're very familiar with it. That said, I have noticed our 2014 Kia Forte is super easy to drive, which is perfect for an affordable sedan like this.
There are two reasons for this I think. One is the Forte's control layout. Everything is where I'd expect it to be. There aren't any quirks or oddities. In general the stalks and buttons have a solid feel to them. Other than maybe for the Uvo service, I don't think you'll need to get out the owner's manual.
The other quality is the way the Forte drives. It steers smartly, has adequate but not overwhelming power, offers a nicely tuned ride quality, has a comfortable seating position, and provides respectable outward visibility.
In the way I'd expect the typical Kia Forte owner to use his or her car, I think the above aspects would be quite pleasing. The Forte is a car you can just hop in and drive. But it doesn't come across as just an appliance, either. There's some style and personality that I appreciate.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 5,131 miles