2014 Kia Forte: Find Some Bumpy Roads During Your Test-Drive
April 2, 2014
Early on in our test of the 2014 Kia Forte, Mark Takahashi wrote about the rear suspension and how its relatively unsophisticated design can lead to awkward undulations coming from the rear of the car when driving over bumpy or choppy pavement.
This isn't something you'll encounter on a daily basis necessarily. But it is a quality that cars like the Mazda 3 or Ford Focus don't suffer from, and it's important enough that I'd encourage a shopper to factor it in for his or her car purchasing decision.
The problem is going to be testing out the Forte to see how much of this ride quality issue will bother you. If you're test-driving a Forte, the "best" type of pavement to drive over is indeed bumpy and choppy pavement, especially if that bumpy pavement is when you're going around a turn. Ideally, you'd want to drive a competitive vehicle (the Focus or 3, for instance) over the same stretch to serve as reference. The Forte's steering doesn't provide as good of a feel of the road as those cars, either, so that's another aspect to pay attention to.
Admittedly, this is kind of a tall order considering how structured test-drives at the dealer can be. But given how good all of these top-level small sedans are, even the little things like this can make a difference, and it's worth trying it out for yourself.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor