2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: First Service Visit

November 19, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

As Travis previously noted, our 2014 Kia Forte was subtly telling us it was time for its first oil change and other minor service stuff. I had the choice of three Kia dealerships for the inaugural visit and went with the one that was, by a hair, the closest to my house. The fact that it's within walking distance of a Nordstrom did factor into my decision.

The service advisor said that the car would be ready in 1.5 to 2 hours. I was in the middle of trying out some very nice dresses less than an hour later when he called to say the car was done.

The minor service included the points laid out in the owner's manual, with the exception of the fuel additive. We didn't get that. According to the fine print, fuel additive is only required if the owner doesn't use Top Tier gasoline. Our service folk seem to trust that we do. We got no upsell, and no surprises. Just the way we like it.

Total Cost: $61.53
Days Out of Service: None
Damages to editor's Nordstrom credit card: Negligible

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor @ 8,432 miles

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

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