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2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Kia

image2014 Kia Forte EX Long-Term Road Test

It's hard to tell whether the Eco mode for the 2014 Kia Forte improves fuel economy.

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  • yellowbalyellowbal Member Posts: 234
    I tried driving conservatively but found out it wasn't worth it. For two weeks, I shifted early, accelerated slowly, very smooth driving. 25mpg.

    When I drive how I want to drive: 23mpg. I fuelup once every 2.5 weeks. I saved $1.10 by gimping my driving. Totally not worth it.
  • zimtheinvaderzimtheinvader Member Posts: 580
    I tried going conservatively too but found it still cost me the same since I was riding the bus. Totally not worth it.
  • greenponygreenpony Member Posts: 531
    There are other benefits to driving conservatively other than the 8% decrease in fuel consumption noted by my fellow commenter, yellowbal. It's safer. It lowers your stress level. It reduces wear-and-tear and maintenance costs. And it's better for the environment. And, if you drive more than 150 miles per month like yellowbal, your out of pocket costs will be reduced that much more. For example, if you drive 2,000 miles a month and see the same fuel economy increase as yellowbal, you'd save about $25. I'm not in that much of a hurry to throw my money away.
  • yellowbalyellowbal Member Posts: 234
    If you drive 2,000 miles a month, you're spending much more per month in fuel, have higher commuting stress, and it's worse for the environment.
  • greenponygreenpony Member Posts: 531
    Sadly, some people are not blessed with a job near their home, or a job with minimal travel. For those in that boat, it doesn't make sense to work yourself into a lather for a couple hours every day. That just makes you irritable at work, irritable at home, and irritable on your commute. There's way too much anger in this world without another person adding to it. Zen, my friend. With the added benefit of better fuel economy. :)
  • duck87duck87 Member Posts: 649
    This really makes me miss the old Honda VTEC engines, since they already have this eco-mode nonsense built in without you needing to do anything, like pushing a green or blue button. If you drive normally you get great fuel economy, but when you engage the big cam lobes the car suddenly takes on a different personality. It was automatic and it worked really well. Why does a car need a button to improve fuel economy?

    @greenpony: You could also try moving closer to work. That's safer, less stressful, improves fuel economy and reduces wear and tear. And it's better for the environment. I think most people would agree that they love cars, but they don't love commuting; an eco-button doesn't make it better.
  • misterfusionmisterfusion Member Posts: 471
    @greenpony I agree with your sentiment, but in my case driving conservatively did NOT decrease my stress level...in fact, it may have increased it. It's complicated to explain, but the simplistic version is that driving slowly meant I was spending more t
  • greenponygreenpony Member Posts: 531
    In many parts of the country the housing market is recovering, so that people are now able to consider moving closer to their jobs if needed. In those same places the job market is also recovering -- and in some areas it is booming. The great state of Illinois is not one of those places. The state is bankrupt, homes are worth 60% of what they were ten years ago, and taxes are increasing. Not to mention that Illinois has the most corrupt political machine in the country. And actually, moving closer to work usually doesn't IMPROVE fuel economy; shorter trips allow less time for the engine to reach full operating temperature, thereby burning more fuel per distance traveled. But it should reduce fuel econsumption.
  • alexzi13alexzi13 Member Posts: 1
    guys is it possible that in ECO mode i will have wheel shaking when i am driving 65 miles per hour??
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