2014 Kia Forte EX

Sharp Sedan. A sharp-looking sedan with first-class features.

  • Likes
  • Nice styling
  • Ease of driving
  • Dislikes
  • Price with options
  • Gaps in power

For the 2014 model year, Kia gives its Forte even more forza — force with dynamic looks and more horsepower. Although the base model starts at $19,400, a more handsomely-equipped Kia Forte sedan reaches past $25,000. Our Abyss Blue EX trim-level tester achieved only 20 mpg combined; furthermore, we were shopping for power constantly and coming across desperate gaps. The little sedan is easy to drive in a city setting and offers a decent amount of cabin space and trunk space. Cute move on the cooled glove box but we think heated and cooled cupholders would be more useful. Kia Motors offers a great warranty and we expect the car to be reliable enough for many miles. The Kia Forte EX comes adorned with UVO telematics technology, Bluetooth, a rear view camera, auto on/off Xenon headlights, heated seats, outside mirror puddle lights and all sorts of 21st-century creature comforts and technology that are perfect for luxe teenagers, young city dwellers, or professionals in search of a second car.

Warranty/Service: 10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty; 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty; 5-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance

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Specs

Base Price: $19,400

As Tested: $19,400

  • 22 / 36 mpg
  • EPA
  • 7.4 sec
  • 0-60
  • 173 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Horsepower
  • 130 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 173 hp @ 6500 rpm
  • Torque: 154 lb-ft @ 4700 rpm
  • Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic
  • Curb Weight: 2,837 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 in
  • Length: 179.5 in
  • Width: 70.1 in
  • Height: 56.5 in
  • Turning circle: 34.8 ft
  • Brakes: front and rear disc brakes
  • Suspension: MacPherson strut front ; Torsion beam rear suspension
  • Traction: front wheel drive with traction control
  • 0-60 mph: 7.4 sec
  • 60-0 mph: 117 ft.
  • Top Speed: 130 mph
  • EPA City: 22 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 36 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 28 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: dual front advanced airbags; front seat-mounted side airbags; full-length side curtain airbags

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