Consumer Reviews Summary
43 of 48 (89%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2014 Kia Forte Overview
- Completely redesigned for 2014
- One new engine option, 148-hp, 1.8-liter I-4
- New exterior styling is a welcome change; plenty of standard features
Back for 2014 with a new engine and bold styling inside and out, the Kia Forte offers great looks and value in a crowded compact segment.
The Forte competes with some of the best selling cars on the road, including the Honda Civic and its cousin, the Hyundai Elantra. Up against such stiff competition, Kia went big on the Forte’s redesign giving it an updated look that makes the sedan more modern and aggressive than its predecessor. The front of the new Forte is highlighted by the signature pinched Kia grille, which is flanked by two large headlight clusters. The upscale EX trim adds attractive LED daytime running lights that line the top of the headlights. Puddle lamps under the side mirrors and a power sunroof are optional.
The Forte’s engine options are separated by trim level. The base LX trim gets the new 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Step up to the EX and the Forte carries a 173-horsepower, direct-injected 2.0-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed automatic. An available Eco Package adds stop-start capability to slightly improve fuel economy. The LX should return 25/36-37 mpg city/highway, while the EX with its larger engine falls slightly behind at 24/36 mpg city/highway. Forte5 hatchback models are also offered in an SX trim, that gets a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that makes it the sportiest offering of the bunch.
Inside, the Forte’s interior gets a makeover as well with driver-centric design that slightly cants the center console toward the driver. Ripple in the dash appear as it moves toward the passenger side, offering a visual break which makes the material seem less uniform; it’s a small change that makes a large visual difference. Standard interior features include Bluetooth connectivity, USB port, air conditioning, steering wheel audio controls, and power windows and locks are standard, a fairly large amount of kit for a car that starts at under $16,000. The EX trim adds Kia’s UVO infotainment system with an LCD display for the audio system, upgraded seat cloth, a leather wrapped steering wheel, cooled glove box, and remote keyless entry. Optional are a voice-command navigation system which also adds HD radio, dual-zone automatic climate control with rear vents, and a few luxury features not normally found in this segment like a powered driver’s seat with seat memory and heated rear seats.
The 2014 Forte also offers six airbags, all-disc antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system standard. A backup camera is optional.