2014 Kia Forte: Smooth, Quiet and Not Very Fast
July 29, 2013
When you upgrade to the "EX" trim level of the Kia Forte you get the bigger 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. With 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque, it's one of the more robust engines in the compact segment. And combined with a standard six-speed automatic you would think it would be pretty quick.
In reality, it's peppy but hardly quick. Between the power band of the engine and the shift program of the transmission, this Kia doesn't accelerate with much urgency.
On the plus side, the engine is very smooth and quiet no matter how hard you push it. And the shifts from the transmission are very refined as well. In fact, some of the engine's lazy feel could be chalked up to the fact that it never really feels like it's working very hard. Not a bad trait for a compact, four-cylinder sedan.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 2,934 miles