Dec 19, 2013
Reviewed By Chad Tyson
Price as Tested $25,400; 2.0-liter CVVT I4, 6-sp auto
Likes

The longer, lower and wider redesign is a big improvement over the outgoing model. Smooth, refined 2.0-liter power matches the old 2.4-liter output (173 hp). Excellent brakes.

In a cold snap (or places where it normally gets cold) heated seats and steering wheel are great to have on hand. The option package that comes with the LX doesn’t leave me wanting.

Highway noise is low — I can converse with a passenger at speed without raising my voice. I also didn’t need to blast the stereo to drown out tire drone.

Dislikes

Abyss sounds deep and dark, but this Abyss Blue is a lot closer to GM’s old Marina Blue than anything from the depths of the ocean. Don’t call it that, Kia.

The electric power steering can be switched between Normal, Comfort and Sport modes. It’s similar to picking between three similar shades of beige paint. They’re all about the same in terms of feedback — there is little.

Power is adequate, but more is usually better.

Verdict

A must-drive for anyone looking at sub-$30k sedans. Kia has figured out their cars need to be people pleasers. It drives without much thought or effort, which makes it ideal for commuting (along with the satellite radio). They package the convenient goodies (auto-dimming mirrors, seat heaters, infotainment system, brighter lights, etc.) together with the EX, while making a lot of it optional for the base LX.

Now if there was only some way to convince Kia to put a turbocharger in the Forte.

 

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 173 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 166 lbs/ft @ 6,500 rpm
EPA Mileage 24 city / 36 highway

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