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2014 Kia Forte

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,876
    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: 2,663
    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:

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  • 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: 18,715
    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: 18,715
    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.
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    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

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  • Kia 36 mo lease numbers project the residual value at 65%!! Nice

    Glad I bought one.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,876
    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: 2,663

    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

  • jimpimmsjimpimms Posts: 81

    The 2014 Forte5 SX 6MT was No. 1 on my list... until Kia (finally!) released the specs. EPA fuel economy is an abysmal 21/29/24, yet the same engine in the Veloster Turbo (2800 lb. vs. Forte5's 2970 lb.) is rated at 24/33/28. The final nail in the coffin is that the 173-hp 2.0L that's now standard in the Forte5 EX is also standard in the 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT, but without Kia's mandatory slushbox. Advantage: Hyundai. Ergo, the Forte5 is completely off the list, and my current 2010 Kia Forte EX 5MT is likely the last Kia I'll buy for myself (my wife loves her 2012 Soul+ and doesn't care that it too gets abysmal fuel mileage).

  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,663

    Love the looks of the Forte but I'd get the Elantra GT right now and would've if the Tuscon didn't win me over. True the mileage ain't great, it drives amazingly smooth and I love the higher driving position. Hyundai/Kia is making some great products right now and are producing vehicles the public really wants.

    The Sandman :) B)

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  • otis12otis12 Posts: 160

    How big is the gas tank, sedan vs. hatchback?

  • conwelpicconwelpic Ontario, CanadaPosts: 600

    @otis12 said: How big is the gas tank, sedan vs. hatchback?

    same size 13.2 US gal

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