2014 Kia Forte: Road Trip MPG and Range
June 20, 2014
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