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Review: 2014 Kia Forte

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    Review: 2014 Kia Forte

    Filed under: Budget, Sedan, Kia, New Car Reviews
    Forte 2.0 Keeps Kia Competitive In The Compact Crop

    Looking back just a few years, America's compact segment was filled with bland, uninteresting cars that traded largely on low prices and high fuel economy. In today's landscape, though, things couldn't be more different - this class now boasts some of the most attractive cars on the market, not to mention features and technologies once reserved for luxury cars.

    Filling Kia's role in this important market, the 2014 Forte has helped make the South Korean automaker a contender among compact cars with the sedan launching earlier in the year and the Koup and Forte5 hatchback hitting dealers soon. When the Forte first launched in 2010, it was a much-needed replacement for the Spectra, but it still had lingering drivetrain refinement issues. In the end, the model didn't really move the needle for Kia, let alone the segment. Now the second-generation Forte sedan has arrived in an effort to bolster the company's lineup, a portfolio that includes impressive models like the Optima, Sorento, Soul and even the subcompact Rio.

    Compact buyers can range anywhere from first-time drivers to empty nesters, so these cars are required to fill a variety driving needs. To test this out, we strapped into a fully loaded 2014 Kia Forte EX for a long-distance drive that took us from Jacksonville, FL to Atlanta, GA - a 700-mile jaunt that gave us a good mix of interstate and urban driving.Continue reading 2014 Kia Forte
    2014 Kia Forte originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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