2014 Kia Forte EX: Two Sides of Fuel Economy
February 24, 2014
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.
As anyone who has recently driven from L.A. to Las Vegas knows, the traffic is terrible. There are so many coned off lanes you'd swear that Chris Christie was in charge. So I wasn't surprised to see that the city mileage in our Forte dropped substantially.
I calculated my fuel economy driving to Las Vegas at 33.7 mpg (while the Forte's onboard computer showed 34.4 mpg). Driving around town for three days, I averaged 26.4 mpg (onboard computer: 27.1 mpg). And returning to Los Angeles I got 35.3 mpg (onboard computer: 35.3 mpg). By the way, the 2014 Kia Forte EX is EPA-rated at 28 Combined (24 City/36 Highway).
What does all this add up to? First of all, it appears that the onboard computer is pretty darned accurate compared to other cars I've driven. Second, the lower fuel economy driving to Las Vegas was probably due to the fact that Sin City is at an elevation of 2,181 feet. And finally, these fuel economy levels, both city and highway, are pretty impressive.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 13,301 miles