Kia Forte Best New Compact Sedan: Luxury Became Affordable
“I want to see ya in a Kia”
If you live in or around the Lansing area, you are quite familiar with that phrase!
But you don’t have to live in the area to understand the jest of this catchy slogan. Vehicles made by Kia Motors America have become increasingly popular in the last decade. With the many benefits and perks that comes with owning a Kia, it’s easy to under why.
……but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
Recently, I had the opportunity to test drive the 2014 Kia Forte Ex in exchange for my honest review about this vehicle.
Now, I’ll be the first to tell anyone that I am not a “car” person. I’ve always gravitated towards owning a Van, Truck or SUV.
Being 5’11, smaller cars always left me looking for more space. So I’ll be honest to say that I was hesitant about
driving a “little car” for a week and wanting more space.
So here’s my week in review with the 2014 Kia Forte Ex.
What do you think was the first thing that immediately caught my eye when my Kia Forte Ex showed up at my house?
How did they know blue was my favorite shade of happiness? Brownie points right off the bat.
Of course I didn’t waste any time and pretty much jumped right in.
I drove the Forte in and around the Lansing area and the ride was really nice and comfy.
Plus, it handled just as good traveling I-496, traversing up and down I-127 North and South as it did
on the city streets.
Also, there is nothing I like better than cranking up the music when I am driving alone and the
Forte’s AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM Audio System with 4 Tweeter Speakers performed just fine.
(Yes I listen to a little rap from time to time).
So far, so good.
And, since I am a self proclaimed gadget girl the Forte gave me so much a tech head would covet in a car.
Right away I really loved having the ability to sync my iPhone with the Forte and make hands
free phone calls, as well as listen to my music via the iCloud. (a great safety perk!)
Also, no need to bring along a Garmin or TomTom this baby comes with a state of the art
Navigation System with HD Radio™ Technology.
Everything about the console and digital display is bright and easy to read.
Another cool feature that I totally loved is when you put the transmission into reverse the Rear Camera Display
will show a live image of what’s behind your vehicle. (another great safety perk!)
For added convenience, a vehicle footprint that shows bumper width is superimposed in the display.
How cool is that?
My Family of 5
After running a few errands it was time for me to pick my kids up from school.
When they saw Mommy’s new ride for the week they went a little bonkers, needless to say they were happy.
Saying things, like, “Cool”, “I love it, ”and the most used phrase, “Can we keep it? All the sentiments my
own inner child joyfully enthused.
As a wife and mother of three young boys I loved the roominess of the four door Forte sedan.
My eleven year old twins, who are all leggy and gangly never complained once about being cramped
or uncomfortable in the back seat.
But what about an adult size person you may ask?
I got into the back seat too, just to see, and feel, if it could accommodate a 5’11” woman like myself,
and I was pleasantly pleased.
There was enough legroom to stretch out and relax, and enjoy a trip to just about anywhere.
And remember I mentioned that I wasn’t sure if I would be able to fit into a “small car” comfortably?
Well, I’ll be the first to say that this is no “small car”. This car offered comfortable room for my family of 5.
I had enough leg room to stretch out. I also was able to adjust my seat to my own settings, instead of adjusting to a
Other benefits and perks of driving this 2014 Kia Forte Ex:
- The heated seats
- Steering Wheels mounted controls
- Welcome lights: Perimeter Approach Lightning and Door Handle Pocket lights that lit up when I came close to the car
- Sunroof (although the weather did not permit for me to “test” that part out 😉 )
- Did I mention the heated seats? Perfect for our cold winter blast.
- Hands free: I was able to manager my music, directions, phone contacts just talking to the car
- Additional Airbags (front and side)
- 24 hours service provided with your Kia
Our family spent a week with the Forte and we enjoyed it. The twins loved all the room, my eight
year Zayd’n loved the stereo, and my husband loved the Forte’s sportiness and handling.
Zayd’n told me that this car has”guts.” He said that because not one time did we get stuck in the snow.
So yes, for those that are wondering if this type of car will survive a Winter in Michigan with mounds of heaping snow
and trying to constantly dig you and your car out of snow banks, it plowed right through every snow pile in my
driveway and street.
Heading out shopping didn’t leave me worried about not having enough storage space. This trunk can hold quite a bit
of shopping bags and coupon binders 😉
It is affordable?
And I, being perhaps the only practical one, loved it’s fuel efficiency, and at 24 City mpg( I noticed I was able to get up to
about 28 mpg during the week I was driving the Kia Forte Ex), 36 Highway what’s not to love?
This is an affordable car with a lot of bells and whistles, and it does everything our family
needed it to do and more.
This Kia Forte Ex gave me the feeling of luxury, but the price tag is affordable.
Another BIG plus that I just have to take time out to mention is Kia’s 10 year or 100,000 mile warranty.
This is a HUGE perk. I’ve had plenty experiences of transmission blowouts, stranded on the side of the road, and
constantly pumping money into a dying vehicle.
Kia’s Forte (or any Kia vehicle) gives you that peace of mind. How long do you think it will take you to get to 100,000
A long time!
Which means you are covered for all of the major issues (transmission, engine, etc).
You do have to pay for the regular wear and tear: tires, brakes, etc.
However the big stuff, the unexpected car expenses is where owning a vehicle can make or break you.
And fortunately, Kia understand this- therefore giving each owner 100,000 or 10 year warranty with every vehicle.
(Be sure to check out the full 411 on the warranty or talk to the dealership).
I honestly didn’t want to say goodbye to my 2014 Kia Forte. My eight year (Zaydn) wanted me to buy it right on the
spot. We had fun zipping around town, blasting our music, feeling the luxury of heated seats, telling the car what to
do (which was better than dealing with Siri), and saving on gas!
When I put together the price of gas and how much one can SAVE at the pump, along with a FULL warranty that
has you covered, and the price tag on this Kia Forte-– I give this a thumbs up on being a trendy, luxury, but
Price tag starts out at $15,900. When I purchased my GM Truck several years ago I paid around 12,000 and didn’t get
a brand new vehicle with all of these bells and whistles on them!
And did you know that Kia will give you $25 bucks for just test driving a Kia?
Be sure to read my post here about how to sign up to test drive a Kia and receive a $25 gift card.
Whether you’re a family of 5, a student of one, a couple, new parents, first car, or just looking for a new vehicle I
highly recommend that you check out the Kia Forte.
You just may be surprised by all the bells and whistles this sedan offers, while maintaining the affordability for any
budget without sacrificing comfort and safety.
And just in case… you don’t want to take my word for it: Cars.com named the 2014 Kia Forte the best NEW
In the market for a new car? Have you test drove a Kia Forte before? Own a Kia Forte and want to comment?
Let me know in the comments below, I would love to hear what you have to say about my review!