What Would It Really Cost? - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX: What Would It Really Cost?

February 25, 2014

2014 Kia Forte EX

In our long-term introductions we always list the MSRP of the vehicle we are testing. But we rarely talk about what it would actually cost to buy the car. Of course, the purchase price is a moving target. Incentives come and go. The price of new cars rises and falls. And car buyers each have their own ability level when it comes to deal-making.

Since I liked this feature-rich 2014 Kia Forte EX, and I'm coming out of a lease on my current car this summer, I was curious to know what it would take to put this car in my garage. So I ran the numbers to see how much a purchase and a monthly payment would cost. Here's the skinny.

According to Edmunds' True Market Value (TMV), a similarly equipped 2014 Kia Forte EX is now selling for $24,333 (after a $1,000) cash rebate. That price is $562 over invoice. Anyone interested in buying this Kia could also look for Price Promise offers which are likely to be at this price or perhaps even lower.

If someone wanted to finance this car, they could look at sample monthly payments by using Edmunds calculator. I plugged in the $24,333 purchase price and the calculator automatically pulled in local sales tax and registration fees to give a real-world monthly payment of $443 a month with $1,000 down.

With a little bit of number crunching, you can educate yourself about the costs before going to the dealership. This will help you take control of the deal and double-check the dealerships offers.

Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 13,578 miles


  • hybris hybris Posts:

    Just saying but I take it that Edmund's recent talking car head commercial isn't quite getting the word out?

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    Wouldn't it be $24.3K *before* the $1000 rebate? Otherwise that doesn't seem very good with a list price of $25.7K--I'm not a great negotiator but I'd lose all self-respect if I could only get $400 off besides the rebate. I don't know whether it's polite to mention competitors, but the TRUE***-provided pricing of an unnamed consumer magazine sez under $23K including rebate near Santa Monica.

  • I have used that competing service twice, and it was outstanding. But I *did* go to Edmunds for some of the actual car research.

  • chunky_mike chunky_mike Posts:

    seems like a decent car, but honestly at that price, I'd rather have a Honda Accord Sport. I paid less than that for mine and I think it's a better car.

  • blueprint1 blueprint1 Posts:

    I almost bought a new 2013 Optima LX manual for 17,500cdn$, all in but taxes (Optima, not Forte). We still had manuals for 2013, but they're gone for 2014. Kia has a huge pad in their msrp numbers. They ran out of manual Optimas before I could sign. Darn.

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