The 2014 Kia Forte has been named the best Compact Sedan in MotorTrend’s test of the 5 most popular vehicles in the class.
Comparing the redesigned 2014 Kia Forte to vehicles such as the Mazda3 and Dodge Dart, the Forte came out No. 1.
When voting the Forte No. 1, MotorTrend says: “Handles well, sips fuel, loaded with exclusive features, and priced just right. What’s not to like?”
This wasn’t just a simple visual inspection of the big 5. MotorTrend reviewed the following highlights:
- Ride and Handling
One area where the Forte blew away the competition was performance:
“That Forte, though, blew us away. Power front seats that are both heated and cooled, heated rear seats, power-folding side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, multiple steering modes, and more, all for a mid-pack price of $25,610. Add to that the second-best fuel economy in the test and far and away the best warranty, and the Kia makes a serious value proposition.”
The Forte also was the highlight of the cockpit and cabin section. Highlights included the heated and cooled seats, power-folding mirrors and available features such as leather seats and navigation.
Performance wise, the Kia Forte was the fastest to 60 MPH in the Motortrend test.
As Motortrend concluded:
“After weighing the contenders in each category against what would best serve the average compact car buyer, we picked the 2014 Kia Forte as the best all-around car here and the winner of this test. Its combination of performance, fuel efficiency, reasonable pricing, and endless feature list had our judges agreeing it’s the car we’d recommend to our friends and family.”
The 2014 Kia Forte was redesigned this year. Kia took a major step to upgrade the design of the Forte, and combined with a great warranty and great features, Kia took a necessary step up in a popular, crowded field.
You have to start with styling when you talk about the Forte. The Forte is much improved on the outside. It’s 2 inches wider in the wheelbase, an inch wider across, and lower. Also, you’ll notice the LED lowbeams, new alloy wheels, and the side moldings that stretch up and down the vehicle.
Read the entire road test here.