It was a real treat trading in my 2000 Chevrolet Impala for a fully loaded 2014 Kia Forte for 24-hours this past weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I can truly say it was a delight to drive this sporty new sedan. I enjoyed it so much; I didn’t want to return the keys.
The 2014 Kia Forte is a great fit for younger drivers looking for a safe and attractive compact sedan with all the bells and whistles for an affordable price. Features that I got to enjoy included air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB input and power windows and locks. But you can expect to find all of those standard features on the base model in the Kia Forte. The EX model that I had the pleasure of driving also included a power sunroof, push button start, a six speaker audio system, cruise control, fog lights, remote keyless entry, power mirrors and the updated generation of the Kia UVO system.
This fully loaded Kia Forte was equipped with a 2.0-liter engine allowing the vehicle to achieve 173 horsepower and 154 lb/ft of torque, and believe me; you can feel the power in this vehicle when you’re cruising around town.
The handling on the new Forte was extremely impressive thanks to the all-new electrically assisted steering capability, which allowed me to be in complete control of the vehicle at all times. The braking and acceleration were also an upgrade for me, as the response time from action to delivery was much quicker than what I was used to in my Impala. All in all, I felt safe and in control while behind the wheel of the 2014 Forte.
The interior of the vehicle is fully loaded with a number of different features. The roomy cabin allows for a spacious and comfortable ride for both kids and adults. I was able to get a feel for the sizing of the vehicle by loading the car full of laundry and a few items from the grocery store before bringing it over to my parent’s house to show it off.
Minnesota summers are notorious for being hot and humid, luckily I got to ditch my non-air conditioned Impala for the Forte, which cooled down surprisingly fast. Had it been winter, I’m sure I would have thoroughly enjoyed the heated steering wheel and heated seats. But who is thinking about winter during July? Not me!
I would certainly recommend the 2014 Kia Forte for anyone in the market for an affordable, safe, and stylish compact sedan that includes all the latest in technology features.
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