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Kia Forte vs Toyota Corolla vs Hyundai Elantra vs Mazda3

steven39steven39 Posts: 636
hello folks,iam haveing a tough time getting a kia forte for below msrp.most of the dealers iv'e been to down here in south fla are treating this car as if it were a honda or toyota and not going much below the msrp.would like to just get an idea of what others are paying in different parts of the country..i will not pay anything close to msrp for a car that is basically going to loose about half it's value as soon as i drive off of the dealers lot given kia's horrible resale values..
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  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    well folks,i finally purchased a forte EX today after test driveing several cars including toyota corolla,elantra,and mazda 3..got car for $16,000.00 plus TTT.this forte blows away the corolla, and the mazda 3 as far as power,handleing,quiet interior,and warranty..color is metallic dark cherry with coffee interior so they call it.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,623
    Did you buy from Gunther or Bachrodt and how much $ did you get for the Lancer EX?

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    hi sandman,i purchased the forte from gunther kia.got a pretty good deal from them being that i purchased a few cars from them over the years.they gave me $13,000.00 for the lancer EX which is about what the kelly blue book value is for that car..i got the forte for $16,000.00 which is just about invoice price.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    I know, the new Kia Forte is a very cool design. Keep us updated as to how your Forte sedan ownership plays itself out, OK? Sounds like you got a very fair price, too.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    as i mentioned in my previous post here i test drove a 2010 corolla,civic,mazda 3, and as strange as it may sound the forte beat out these cars by a wide margin..i never thought i would say this about any kia product let alone own one of these cars.but it's true i think kia has hit a home run with this car and can only improve upon it.as far as features for the buck as well as the warranty the forte can not be beat although resale value is a concern.
  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Posts: 5,675
    could you tell us again which car you were most serious about besides the Kia Forte? Was it the Maz3 or the Civic?

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    as i mentioned in my previous post here,i test drove the mazda 3,toyoto corolla,and the honda civic before purchasing the kia forte...the mazda 3 came in very close but the forte won me over with it's styling,more standard features,and best of all the longer warranty..so far,iam not regretting my decision.i have the metallic dark cherry color and people compliment me on the car and color..i would suggest to anyone who is in the market for a car in this class to atleast test drive the forte.you will be pleasently suprised just like i was..i never thought in a million years that i would even consider a kia product but they have my respect now with this new forte...check it out!!!!!!!
  • jim1977jim1977 Posts: 14
    The way to avoid worry about trade-in value is to not do it. You lose each time you trade. My Infiniti G20 just gave out after 207,000 miles, and I think I got my money's worth. But the Forte will probably be better than the previous Kia's anyway.
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    so far,iam not regretting my decision
    Considering you bought the car a day or two ago, I hope not. :surprise:

    p.s. what is the curb weight of the Forte?
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    according to the 2010 kia forte brochure the forte sedan with auto trans weighs in at 2,740 pounds...however it feels like a much heavier car especially on the highway where it stays planted to the pavement and doesn't get blown all over the highway from crosswinds like the 2010 toyota corolla that i test drove did.
  • jim1977jim1977 Posts: 14
    It seems big for its weight too. I rented a Ford Fusion for a couple of weeks last fall, and the interior room on the Forte seems about the same, even though the Ford was about a foot longer and weighed over 500 pounds more. And of course the Forte gets better fuel economy. The handling and ride were good for both, but I prefer the smaller cars.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    there are several nice features in the forte that i like that are really not found in this price range.illuminated window switches,auto locking and unlocking doors just to name a few.sunglass holder also..
  • autonomousautonomous Posts: 1,769
    forte sedan with auto trans weighs in at 2,740 pounds
    Excellent! That's about 300 pounds lighter than a Mazda3.
  • I'll admit I didn't even test drive the Forte. Not that every car in this class has independent rear suspension but I think that helps keep the costs down and add some other options other vehicles it it's class don't have. Up in Canada, I find solid rear suspension get a little loose in our potholed wasteland.

    Forte is a nice looking car, looks a little like the civic.
  • bhmr59bhmr59 Posts: 1,598
    Since the long warranty is important to you I assume you do not plan on trading in this car anytime soon or with low mileage. I wouldn't be conerned about resale value if you plan to keep the car for 5 or 6 years or over 75,000 miles.

    Enjoy the car. Sounds like you did good.
  • mnfmnf Posts: 404
    WOW saw two the last few days they look nice on the road. Here are some reviews on the pro and cons but it looks like Kia did good here. Like all new models only time will tell but they do have a nice look.

    http://www.thecarconnection.com/bottomline/kia_forte_2010

    http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/112_0909_2010_kia_forte_review/index.- - html

    http://www.examiner.com/x-572-Auto-Review-Examiner~y2009m6d12-Road-Test-2010-Kia- - -Forte-car-review-Kias-new-look

    MNF
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    hello folks,just returned from an almost 500 mile roundrip from hallandale beach,fla to orlando and back.these are my impressions of the forte EX model..first off,this car is very smooth on the highway with very little wind or road noise to speak of.this car also feels solid and feels like iam actually driveing a much more expensive car..i test drove all of the cars in this segment including toyota corolla,mazda 3,civic sedan,and the elantra.the forte blew away those cars...not a misprint,a kia actually performed better than a honda or toyota but this is just my opinion..however if you read the owners reviews of the forte on this site as well as other sites you will see that this car is getting high phrase from owners and auto critics alike...never thought i would mention kia in the same breath as toyota or honda but here iam.lol
  • toro99toro99 Posts: 2
    What's the difference between EX and LX?
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    these are the differences between the forte EX and the LX.the EX has power windows,locks,cruise,side mirror blinkers,remote keyless entry,and a few interior upgrades over the LX.both models however share the same engine.hope this helps.
  • toro99toro99 Posts: 2
    Thanks steven39. You helped me a lot. I testdrived Forte LX yesterday. It was a nice car, and the dealer offered a reasonable deal (forte EX + tax + registration fee = $16k), because his dealership is required to sell 10 more cars until the end of this month. But, it is still over my budget. I have to forget forte. I'm considering 2009 elantra. In addition, i was worrying that forte's safety test result was not disclosed yet.
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