Fuel Economy Update for October - 2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 5, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

We took possession of our 2014 Kia Forte in the latter part of June, so we've been pouring fuel into this nice-driving Korean compact sedan for a little more than 4 months. In that time we've driven it 7,963 miles, which works out to a little more than 1,850 miles per month.

Those numbers put us ahead of schedule in our quest to amass 20,000 miles in one year. From this point forward we only need to average 1,563 miles per month to reach our goal. The Forte seems popular enough around the office to handle that easily.

What's more, we're pleased with the MPG numbers we've been seeing. Our 2014 Kia Forte EX has the 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed automatic, which is good for an official EPA rating of 28 mpg Combined (24 city / 36 highway.) To this point our 8,000-mile average is 27.8 mpg, which rounds to 28 mpg.

Nailed it.

Our best highway tank so far has been 35.0 mpg, and that came on our overall evaluation loop, a mix of city, mountain and freeway driving that is far from a boring freeway stint on cruise control. We can beat the 36 mpg Highway number, is what I'm saying, and we have nearly 8 months to make it happen.

Worst Fill MPG: 20.3
Best Fill MPG: 35.0
Average Lifetime MPG: 27.8
EPA MPG Rating: 28 Combined (24 City / 36 Highway)
Best Range: 381.0 miles
Current Odometer: 7,963

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 7,963 miles


  • gslippy gslippy Posts:

    Although there has been a lot of criticism of the Dart's fuel economy, the Forte's is nearly identical. Those pesky EPA ratings keep getting in the way, though. The Forte is almost matching its EPA combined number (27.8 vs 28), yet the Dart is well below its EPA combined number (27.6 vs 31). I'm also getting the sense that the Forte is much nicer to drive and live with, while the Edmunds team can't wait to unload the Dart.

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