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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.

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2014 Kia Forte: Fuel Economy Update for May

June 4, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

During May, our 2014 Kia Forte saw 1,037.4 miles added to its odometer.

Did this make a dent in our EPA-beating 28.7 mpg lifetime mpg?

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2014 Kia Forte: Fuel Economy Update for April

May 5, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

With numerous test cars coming and going this month, our 2014 Kia Forte didn't get the love it deserves.

Only 500 miles were added to its odometer, which didn't move the needle on any of its monthly fuel economy numbers.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for March

April 4, 2014

2014 Kia Forte EX

We put 1,416 miles on our long-term 2014 Kia Forte EX in March. With a healthy dose of open highway travel to balance out the Southern California gridlock (plus Brent's Active Eco mode experiment), the Forte managed a 30.3 mpg average for the month.

Its lifetime average crept up to 28.7 mpg, which surpasses the EPA combined fuel economy rating of 28 even.

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2014 Kia Forte: Does Using Active Eco Improve Fuel Economy?

March 28, 2014

2014 Kia Forte

The past few days I've been driving our 2014 Kia Forte with its "Active Eco" mode turned on. This mode, which you activate by pushing a button on the dash to the left of the steering wheel, adjusts certain aspects of the car to potentially improve fuel economy.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for February

March 4, 2014

2014 Kia Forte EX

During February, our 2014 Kia Forte EX rolled up nearly another 1,500 miles on the odometer. For the month, it averaged 30.6 mpg. That's 2.6 mpg higher than the EPA combined figure and pretty good considering L.A.'s notorious traffic.

Even more impressive is that, at 28.5 mpg, the Kia's lifetime average is still above the EPA combined average.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Two Sides of Fuel Economy

February 24, 2014

2014 Kia Forte EX

Each year Edmunds editors hold a "Fuel Sipper Smackdown" to show how different driving conditions provide very different fuel economy results. On a recent trip to Las Vegas in our long-term 2014 Kia Forte EX, I conducted a mini-smackdown of my own by isolating the city driving from the two highway legs. The results were amazingly different.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for January

February 5, 2014

2014 Kia Forte EX

We added 1,391 miles to our 2014 Kia Forte in the month of January.

In that time we averaged 32.2 mpg, which is considerably better than the EPA estimated combined. It helped raise our lifetime average for the car from 28.1 to 28.5 mpg.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for December

January 6, 2014

2013 Kia Forte EX

We put 1,983 miles on our long-term 2014 Kia Forte EX in the last month of 2013, thanks to three weeks' worth of commuting and a holiday week in Las Vegas.

The extra highway mileage pushed the Kia's lifetime average to 28.1 mpg (up from 27.7 a month ago), which matches its EPA combined fuel economy rating.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 05, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

The window sticker for our 2014 Kia Forte tells us it comes with a four-cylinder engine (which it does), as well as leather seats, a nav, sunroof (check, check and check) as well as host of other goodies. But the window sticker also has EPA MPG numbers and those, while claimed, can be much less easy to prove. Is our Kia living up to those numerical expectations?

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2014 Kia Forte: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 5, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

We took possession of our 2014 Kia Forte in the latter part of June, so we've been pouring fuel into this nice-driving Korean compact sedan for a little more than 4 months. In that time we've driven it 7,963 miles, which works out to a little more than 1,850 miles per month.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for November

December 05, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

The window sticker for our 2014 Kia Forte tells us it comes with a four-cylinder engine (which it does), as well as leather seats, a nav, sunroof (check, check and check) as well as host of other goodies. But the window sticker also has EPA MPG numbers and those, while claimed, can be much less easy to prove. Is our Kia living up to those numerical expectations?

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2014 Kia Forte: Fuel Economy Update for October

November 5, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

We took possession of our 2014 Kia Forte in the latter part of June, so we've been pouring fuel into this nice-driving Korean compact sedan for a little more than 4 months. In that time we've driven it 7,963 miles, which works out to a little more than 1,850 miles per month.

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2014 Kia Forte: Fuel Economy Update for September

October 3, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

Though Kia and its parent company Hyundai have come under fire for their cars missing EPA fuel economy estimates, our long-term 2014 Kia Forte EX is essentially meeting its combined estimate of 28 mpg. With 6,707 miles on the odometer, we're averaging 27.9 mpg.

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2014 Kia Forte: In Relative Terms, the EX's Engine Is Strong

September 24, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

Our long-term Kia Forte is the EX model, and that means it comes with the upgraded engine. This 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque, as compared to LX trim level's 1.8-liter engine that's rated at 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque.

As we reported a while back in track testing, our long-term Forte accelerated to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds. (In an earlier test of a different Forte EX, we recorded an even quicker time, 8.1 seconds.) But either way, this is actually one of the quickest times you'll see for a 2014 small sedan.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for August

September 4, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

During August our Kia Forte EX added nearly 1,600 miles to the clock. Although plenty of clogged commuting miles are still obviously part of its work duties, a fair measure of open freeway cruising helped boost our Forte's average fuel economy to an even 27 mpg, just a single mpg off the EPA's combined estimate.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Fuel Economy Update for July

August 2, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

Our new Kia Forte EX saw a decent workout schedule for the month of July, rolling up an additional 2,207 miles on the odometer. That included a trip to Las Vegas in 111-degree heat.

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2014 Kia Forte EX: Las Vegas Road Trip, Part 3

July 12, 2013

2014 Kia Forte EX

As if I didn't have enough reasons to dislike Vegas already, traffic was big-time backed up on Interstate 15 as we headed out of the city on Sunday. At 8:30 in the morning!

This was clearly going to be a miserable road trip back to southern California. A plan was needed. Super secret back route, here we come.

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2014 Kia Forte: Fuel Economy Update for June

July 3, 2013

2014 Kia Forte

We just got our long-term 2014 Kia Forte with its first fill logged in for June 19. But here's how it did so far. On the day of its first fill, editor Mike Magrath took it to the gas station twice, first topping it off and then after a loop.

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