Kia Forte Overview
Kia's Forte provides generous interior room and a wide assortment of amenities. Our tested base LX sedan got 28-mpg overall with the smooth 1.8-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic. Though the ride is absorbent, it tends to feel somewhat buoyant over highway undulations. Handling is very secure but not particularly agile. All EX versions get a stronger 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the SX coupe and hatch use a 1.6-liter turbo. The spacious interior is quiet for a compact car, and the controls are logically arranged. This car is available with features not usually found in the class, such as front/rear heated and ventilated seats. Kia claims that the 2015 models get better fuel economy with enhanced engines. Reliability has been average.
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