2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test


2014 Kia Forte: Kia Kudos

August 29, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

The first car review I wrote was for the 1996 Kia Sephia. It was for Automobile Magazine, and if there was a link to that old CompuServe page, I would certainly post it.

Folks back then were like, "Kia? I thought it was Chia (Pet)."

As the most junior writer on staff, I was obviously assigned the least desirable car for review.

It has been amazing to watch the evolution of Kia in the U.S. And now it's not just the Optima that deserves a high level of praise. Our long-term 2014 Forte is no slouch, either.

As Managing Editor Donna DeRosa recently said, "Aside from our Tesla, the 2014 Kia Forte is my current favorite car in our long-term fleet."

In our test-group where some cars carry sticker prices north of $100K, this $25K sedan is a crowd pleaser.

Kelly Toepke, News Editor

Comments

  • As Managing Editor Donna DeRosa recently said, "Aside from our Tesla, the 2014 Kia Forte is my current favorite car in our long-term fleet." Cue sound of needle scratching across a record... umm, isn't the Porsche still in the fleet? And the Benz? And the Toybarus? And the Caddy? And the....

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    It's their opinion on what works for them. Sometimes a supposedly "better" car has annoying flaws so you don't like it, regardless of the badge. Seems to me the Forte does what it says on the can and does it well, so it gets more plus marks.

  • schen72 schen72 Posts:

    http://www.iihs.org/ratings/rating.aspx?id=1842&seriesid=677

  • agentorange agentorange Posts:

    Guessed it would not be long before the IIHS shills showed up. Look, the car was designed and built to meet all the NHTSA standards and right now it is what it is. It seems to me that the Edmunds staff acknowledge this fact.

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