2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

2014 Kia Forte EX: Las Vegas Road Trip, Part 1

July 10, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

A road trip to Las Vegas in the summer? Pure insanity, even with the cooled driver's seat in our 2014 Kia Forte EX.

So why did I go? Good question. Honestly, I still question it myself.

Here's what happened. A friend bribed me with some extremely hard-to-come-by Garth Brooks tickets. Then she said she also got a good deal on a hotel for the weekend. I'm a sucker.

So we were off to Nevada through the boiling California desert. We saw a high of 111 degrees on the Forte's onboard thermometer. Yikes.

Not that the car complained. The temp gauge never moved. And the Forte worked just fine, with comfortable enough seats and a decent ride.

The only problem was that the 173-horsepower four-cylinder doesn't have enough grunt to pull sixth gear up sustained grades at 70-75 mph. At times it became quite the shifty situation, the transmission going down to fifth, then back up to sixth, then back down to fifth...you get the point.

Otherwise, it was a smooth and easy trip getting there.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 1,548 miles

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By hamje12
on 07/10/13
3:56 PM PST

Why don't you just use manual mode and leave it in 5th ?

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