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2014 Kia Forte

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  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 573
    Ouch! I see that now. :cry:

    Oh well, I agree the "normal" options for a new car in 2013 pretty much require the Popular Pkg. I can't imagine not having cruise control and keyless entry.

    I really like what I've heard about the new Forte. Particularly the "quietness" of the 2014 model. I'm sure some of the techniques used to quell noise will be passed along to other Hyundai/Kia models in their next generation.
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    LX MT - $15,995
    LX AT - $18,695
    LX+AT - $19,995
    LX+AT sunroof - $20,895

    EX MT - $20,695
    EX AT - $21,895
    EX AT sunroof - $22,795
    SX AT - $26,195

    if anyone wants more details on the specs, just let me know
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    2014 Forte owners manual is now available for free download in pdf from KGIS
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    The new Kia Forte demonstrates the big strides made by compact-car interiors in a relatively short time. Its controls are cleanly configured and easy to use, and the carbon fiber-like trim is a sporty, classy touch.

    Starting at $15,900, the Forte has the lowest base price in its segment. And yet it delivers premium features, from a straightforward and intuitive communication system to brilliant door trim resembling the layered gills of a shark. Many of the Forte’s materials are upscale enough to warrant placement on luxury vehicles.

    http://wardsauto.com/ward039s-10-best-interiors/asian-brands-dominate-ward-s-10-- best-interiors
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    how do you post pictures all the icons below have disappeared!
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,677
    edited April 2013
    Hm... I've been trying to figure it out for a bit now, no luck. I'll see if I can a bit later. Hopefully the icons will come back ASAP.

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  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,677
    edited April 2013
    image

    OK, found the ticket.
    Use the "less than" sign
    img src="put the url in quotes"
    Use the "greater than" sign to close it.

    Like this, except with less than/greater than instead of the brackets:
    [img src="http://www.choosemyplate.gov/images/new/fruits-forks.png"]

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  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
    that's okay, but I'm not going to remember this every single time I want to post, so what happened to all the icons that were below this posting box?
  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600
  • Kirstie@EdmundsKirstie@Edmunds Posts: 10,677
    They're missing temporarily - we have a support ticket in asking to get it fixed.

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  • dodgeman07dodgeman07 Posts: 573
    Really impressed with what I've seen and heard about this car. It is an "American-size" compact with more road presence than any other compact class offering except the VW Jetta. A big compact to be sure.

    Haven't driven one but have looked it over and appreciate the EX has standard 16" rims and 55-series rubber. You can get the higher trim level and stronger engine without being forced into big wheels and low-profile tires. I like that and imagine other American consumers will too.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Haven't seen any in our rental fleet as of yet but will report back with some impressions once they start showing up. looks to be a home run for Kia and hopefully some of the good stuff will get over to it's cousin, the Hyundai Elantra with the refresh as I'd love for the wife to buy one as her next d d. I think she'd do well with the 2.0 engine as it's very close to what she has now so she won't feel deprived at all. It's also a very good looking vehicle to boot!

    The Sandman :) :sick: :shades:

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

  • otis12otis12 Posts: 160
    Most dealers here in North Jersey have a half dozen or so 2014 Forte sedans on hand. Time to see who has a full-loaded EX. Maroon/Nutley/Fette are on my list. Opinions?
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    MT thinks so. They compared the Forte EX to the Dart Limited, Civic EX, Mazda3i Grand Touring, and Sentra SL in their June issue and declared the Forte the best all-around car and winner of the comparo. Note that they picked this set of cars because the Mazda3 won their comparo last year vs. the Cruze, Focus, Civic, Elantra, and Jetta, so they only tested the new/updated cars against the reining champ.

    Quite a step up for Kia! Could an MT COTY award be in the future for the Forte? :)
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    I drove by my local Kia dealer with a few minutes to spare today, so stopped in to look at the new Forte. They had only one LX, a loaded (for an LX) automatic, and a few EXes. The sales rep I talked with said they aren't making many LXes right now. LX was about $19.2k, the EXs $20.3k (fairly basic for an EX).

    I didn't drive one but gave the LX a good look-around and sat in it front and back. I was impressed by the materials quality and the back seat room. If there were a little more room for feet under the front seat, it would be really roomy in back; as it was, there was plenty of room for short-to-medium drives for average-sized adults. I'm 5'9" and there was plenty of knee room, decent thigh support, and my hair cleared the headliner.

    Trunk is quite roomy, but like the Elantra sedan there's no spare tire. Alloys (16" on LX package, bigger on EX) looked good. Car looks very good in person, more sophisticated than the Elantra IMO.

    There's only a slight different in FE, 1 mpg city, between the 1.8L in the LX and the much more powerful engine in the EX. Maybe that's why they aren't making many LXes!

    I'm still favoring a hatchback for my next car, but I'll have to drive the Forte when I get closer to the buying decision. A big factor would be what kind of discount I could get on one... there's a lot of fine cars in the $19-20k range.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 39,041
    A reporter would like to speak with a Baby Boomer who recently (within the last year) purchased a compact or subcompact car. If you can assist, please contact pr@edmunds.com with your preferred contact information by July 17, 2013
  • Kia 36 mo lease numbers project the residual value at 65%!! Nice

    Glad I bought one.
  • Yes, that's nice, but as a Kia salesperson, it seems logical that you would have purchased or leased a Kia vehicle.

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  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579

    We drove a bunch of new ones recently, heck, they still had the plastic on the seats and dash. All I can say is...sweet! We had LX's and the engine was plenty powerful and the seats comfy. I can see Kia selling a boatload of these puppies as well as the Soul's we got to drive. Drove a new Sorrento last week from Orlando down to Lauderdale and again, a very impressive rig. Hyundai/Kia are on a roll here with each new vehicle better than the one before. I liked one so much that I bought a 2014 Hyundai Tuscon crossover on December 1st! Very very impressed with Hyundai/Kia right now!

    The Sandman :) B)

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

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