2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for December
January 6, 2014
We put 1,983 miles on our long-term 2014 Kia Forte EX in the last month of 2013, thanks to three weeks' worth of commuting and a holiday week in Las Vegas.
The extra highway mileage pushed the Kia's lifetime average to 28.1 mpg (up from 27.7 a month ago), which matches its EPA combined fuel economy rating.
As is typical for us, we've yet to hit the EPA highway rating, which is 36 mpg for a Forte EX sedan with the 173-horsepower, directed-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed automatic transmission.
So far, our lifetime best is 35 mpg even. In December, our best run was 33 mpg, which was logged during a 241-mile tank that included use of the Kia's Eco mode and some particularly efficient driving by my spouse on Interstate 15. Unfortunately, I turned off Eco as soon as I took the wheel again and thwarted his attempt at a record-setting tank.
One more note for the month from my husband: The Forte's fuel door doesn't really open wide enough to accommodate both the gas cap (when stowed in the holster on the inside of the door) and the chunky, pollution-fighting filler nozzles we have here in California. Of course, as you see here, it can be done, but you have to jam the nozzle in there.
Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 11,277 miles
Worst Fill MPG: 20.3
Best Fill MPG: 35.0
Average Lifetime MPG: 28.1
EPA MPG Rating: 28 Combined (24 City/36 Highway)
Best Range: 381 miles
Current Odometer: 11,277 miles