For 2013, the Kia Forte receives only minor changes. There are new 16-inch wheels for the Koup and 5-door, while power-folding side mirrors are added to the EX and SX trims. All models receive a low washer-fluid warning light, and LED daytime running lights are offered on the EX and made standard on the SX.
Two six-speed transmission choices are new for 2011: a six-speed manual and a six-speed Sportmatic automatic with manual shift mode. A new navigation radio is offered on the mid-level EX and top-level SX trims, while a five-door model joins the Forte Sedan and Koup.
Whether you've already come around on Kia or you're still not convinced, test driving the all-new 2014 Kia Forte is guaranteed to make your decision about a compact sedan, hatchback or coupe more difficult. It's as sporty and substantial inside as it is outside, the available features list is luxury-like in quantity and quality, and save for some foundational shortcomings relative to competitors like the Honda Civic, the overall level of refinement is on par with anything in the class. The 2014 Kia Forte is definitely worth a look, and for buyers in search of features and technology, it's going to be a long look.
By GMAC on Sunday, June 30, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,600overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Can't Beat Overall Features At This Price"
Cons: "Front Seat Support, Acceleration"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Researched and compared Forte EX w/ Premium Pkg against Mazda 3s Grand Touring and Ford Focus Titanium. Mazda and Ford had isolated advantages over the Kia, albeit with an increased price tag. However, overall the Kia was the clear winner. Have owned the car for a month in Aurora Black which has an almost metallic finish. Some have mistaken the 17" wheels for aftermarket additions. Interior materials, fit and finish made the car feel like an upscale badge, although seats could be a bit more supportive and I wonder how they'll hold up over time. More rear seat room than expected and they're heated!. A full size trunk liner, similar to a WeatherTech, was a nice surprise. Decent handling and reasonable handling leaves only one small complaint - wish the car had slightly more acceleration even at the expense of some loss in MPG numbers."
11 people out of 11 found this review helpful
By dheck1961 on Sunday, November 03, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,200overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "Good mileage, roomy & comfortable"
Cons: "Eco mode driving performance poor"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Bought the Forte in June and so far been very happy with it. Comfortable ride with good mileage (I drive mostly hwy and get 32mpg-33mpg). ECO mode performance is sluggish and I typically get about the same mileage with it on or off so I'm leaving it off. Roomy interior including the back seat & trunk. Minor annoyances: The "lip" between the trunk and the folded down back seats isn't flat across. The windshield wipers - very large on driver side throws water onto passenger side plus a very irritating engineering flaw where they don't 100% overlap right down at the bottom of the windshield. (This is being very picky, but it makes me wonder if there are other things that were "good enough")."
4 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Rj on Saturday, June 08, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Most everything"
Cons: "The horn is lame"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Looked at cars for over a year. This 2014 was the last one we looked at. Sat in it, drove it, bought it. For the money nothing comes close. Good hp to weight, great price, full of standard equipment, one can buy wanted options like the auto dimming mirror that includes Homelink without having to buy pre packaged groups of which you don't want most of. Traded a Solstice in on this car and will be trading another GM car come this fall when the 2014 Forte 5 comes out."
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful