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2014 Kia Forte EX

GAYOT Rating

Sharp Sedan

Front view of the 2014 Kia Forte EX Sedan
In short: A sharp-looking sedan with first-class features.

2014 Kia Forte EX Review

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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Make: Kia, Vehicle Type: Sedan

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Base Price: $19,400 / As Tested: $25,515

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

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/Width/Height: 179.5 / 70.1 / 56.5 in
Turning circle: 34.8 ft

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 seconds
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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