If you’re drawn to the 2014 Kia Forte by the implied promise of its sporty look and available 173-horsepower engine, prepare yourself for a disappointing test drive. While it’s quick...
... enough and handles just fine, the Forte falls far short of the
Ford Focus, Mazda3 and
Volkswagen Jetta in driving feel, which is a big part of fun-to-drive. But as long as you’re among the 99% of buyers more interested in transportation than track time, you won’t find anything not to like about the way the Forte drives, rides or handles. On the other hand, the 2-door Forte Koup and turbocharged Forte5 hatchback still have driving dynamics several steps behind cars like the Honda Civic Si or
Volkswagen GTI, something Kia must fix if it hopes to be a player in the sporty compact segment. Still, the Kia Forte is a fun car, but more because of its looks, features and tech than its driving dynamics.