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

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

$256 per month*
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