2014 Kia Forte EX: What's Not to Like?
August 19, 2013
I tried hard to find something about the 2014 Kia Forte that I didn't like. Ultimately — and this is pretty lame — the only thing I really disliked were the wheels and the graphics on the nav screen. Everything else worked so effortlessly, was so well designed, and so nicely balanced, that it was beyond reproach.
I did, however, find several features worth calling out.
I had to agree with Executive Editor Ed Hellwig's comments about the power in this Kia. Despite its name, its forte is not speed, or at least acceleration. With 173 horses on tap, and 154 pound-feet of torque there's all the zip you need to get out ahead of traffic. The problem is, it just doesn't give you that burst of power, the low-end grunt we like. And, wind it up a little, it sounds like it's trying too hard. But on the flip side, it got 33.2 mpg over more than 300 miles of driving.
One thing that did surprise me were the brakes. I'm not a driver that pays a lot of attention to brake-feel. But within the first couple of miles I noticed that the brakes engaged at the right level and modulated perfectly for my taste.
Finally, under the heading of hidden features, I found this air conditioning vent in the glove box to keep drinks cold. Only problem is, then you have to put your stuff somewhere else while the glove box becomes the ice box.
Basically, this is an impressive car that carries a sticker price of $25,735 (TMV is about a grand less). That's a lot of car for the money.
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 4,012 miles