The Car Coach: 2014 Kia Forte
The 2014 KIA Forte is all-new from top to bottom. It has what compact customers are looking for: value, safety, economy and connectivity. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, takes a closer look.
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Make/Model: 2014 KIA Forte
MPG: 28 city / 38 hwy.
Engine: 1.8 L. 148hp or 2.0 GDI. 173 hp.
Price: LX and EX starts under $16,000
The 2014 KIA Forte design offers a more muscular look with enhanced visibility that makes it look bigger than it really is. LED taillights and other design details offer a sporty look. The all-new Forte is longer, wider and taller by just a few inches-translating into more passenger room. This all leads to better aerodynamics.
The ride comfort has improved from previous models is also quieter. Safety has also improved with a stronger chassis that gives you a better feel for the road.
The interior boasts a driver orientation that's more intuitive. Features include optional heated steering wheel; flex steering of normal, sport and comfort modes; power ventilated front seats; UVO eServices; rear camera and navigation; heated front and rear seats; memory driver’s seats and more.
UVO eServices keeps your car connected. It's a hands-free infotainment system that connects to your smart phone. It includes telematics free of charge for ten years or 100,000 miles with no data plan required.
The UVO eServices network includes:
- 911 connection in a collision
- Enhanced Roadside assistance
- Parental controls
- Entertainment: Twitter, Siri, Aha, Pandora, and more
- Google to send to your car
*Technology, premium package and 17" wheels on the EX a well-equipped cars is priced in the mid-$18,000.
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- Better design and handling
- Lots of standard features
- Spacious interior
- Low starting price
- A bit noisy on the highway
- Needs passenger lumbar on seat
The 2014 KIA Forte offers a new modern design, new features and technology, improved power train and better packaging.
Remember, when shopping for a new car, test drive as many vehicles as you can in the class you are looking in to make sure you find the car that is best for you.