2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test


2014 Kia Forte: Road Trip MPG and Range

June 20, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

Working here at Edmunds, I'm pretty good at dealing with people who know nothing about cars. It's actually pretty rewarding walking someone from absolutely zero information to a place where they can make a confident car purchase and have a good ownership experience.

Still, there's one little thing that never fails to drive me nuts. People will say, "I love my car, it only takes $xx to fill the tank!" They don't ever seem to mention the miles or the number of gallons it took to get that number. Just the price.

They'll love our 2014 Kia Forte.

With a 13.5 gallon tank, the Kia Forte is right in line with everything else in the segment. It's also got a competitive fuel economy with 28 mpg combined (36 highway and 24 city). So, owner's will drive it a bunch and, if they're bold, put in 13.5 gallons for about $50.

Unfortunately, we've never done that. We've managed 12 gallons once, and 11 a handful of times. This is partially due to not hitting 36 mpg that frequently (it's possible, but requires pretty ideal conditions), and partially because the Kia's kind of a baby and starts crying low fuel and popping up a warning on the nav screen (super handy, do like this feature) with about 3 gallons left in the tank.

On a recent trip to/around Berkeley, CA I threw just over 800 miles on the Forte with a max distance of only 300.5 miles and a maximum one-tank fuel economy of 36.4 mpg. Overall I managed 32.8. Do the math and I should have been able to go 491.4 miles on that 36 mpg tank.

I think with a few thousand more miles under my belt, I'd get to know the Kia's warnings and fuel level a little deeper and be able to push into the 400-mile range.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 18,250 miles

Comments

  • yellowbal yellowbal Posts:

    300 miles at 75MPH is about 4 hours of driving. That's probably good enough for most people before taking a break.

  • mattyhoops1 mattyhoops1 Posts:

    I have the same exact Forte as your long-term car, even down to the Crimson Red paint, and I have achieved 400+ miles several tanks. My furthest was 432 miles with a 37.5 MPG on the trip computer. That was on a vacation at the beach so I was just cruising and in no hurry. Most of my normal driving is highway.

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    My experience has been that all American cars, and most Japanese and Korean cars in the US, have at least 2 gallons of gas left when the fuel gauge is on 'E' or the computer states "0 miles to Empty". Evidently they assume drivers here are too lazy to fill their gas on time and will try to stretch extra miles out of the tank, so they factor in extra gas as a safety measure. Of course, for many consumers this just reinforces the behavior of running tanks past empty. I prefer the precision of German cars where when the computer says 5 miles to empty, there really is only about 1/2 gallon left.

  • stever stever Posts:

    I did a 450 mile tank yesterday and wound up putting in 17.8 gallons in a 20 gallon tank, to take advantage of cheap Texas gas before crossing the state line. The computer said I had 50 miles to empty. Lots of people say the "reserve" is in the tank to help cool the fuel pump. I haven't run out of gas in my own car since 1999, and that was intentional.

  • nagant nagant Posts:

    > @darthbimmer said: > My experience has been that all American cars, and most Japanese and Korean cars in the US, have at least 2 gallons of gas left when the fuel gauge is on 'E' or the computer states "0 miles to Empty". Evidently they assume drivers here are too lazy to fill their gas on time and will try to stretch extra miles out of the tank, so they factor in extra gas as a safety measure. Of course, for many consumers this just reinforces the behavior of running tanks past empty. I prefer the precision of German cars where when the computer says 5 miles to empty, there really is only about 1/2 gallon left. GAG.....you are the one that "assumes" too much. First you assume the reason car makers have the low fuel lite come on. Then you assume German car computers are more accurate. I would like to see some FACTS to back up your assumptions.

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