2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX: Las Vegas Road Trip, Part 3

July 12, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

As if I didn't have enough reasons to dislike Vegas already, traffic was big-time backed up on Interstate 15 as we headed out of the city on Sunday. At 8:30 in the morning!

This was clearly going to be a miserable road trip back to southern California. A plan was needed. Super secret back route, here we come.

I discovered a back route through Amboy and Twentynine Palms years ago. It's considerably less direct than staying on the Interstate, but it's mostly two-lanes with minimal traffic and much better desert scenery.

In reality these back roads still usually take longer (or about the same time if traffic is horrible on the 15) than slogging along the Interstate. But it's a ton less stressful. And therefore a whole lot more enjoyable.

And I was happy to see that even though it's been some time since I last took this route, few people have caught onto it. Or care, apparently.

And, Roy's in Amboy was open for the first time in years.

Total miles for the trip: 979

Average mpg: 30.9

Best mpg: 32.8

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 2,293 miles

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The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2014 Kia Forte in VA is:

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