Photo gallery: Kia Forte 5-door

There is no question that Kia is an up-and-comer. Their recent vehicles are stunners. The all-new Optima, for example, is one of the more attractive vehicles out there. The Forte 5-door is another prime example. I had this car for a week and absolutely love the way it looks--inside and out. However, I did have a few complaints with fuel economy and ride and handling. I was averaging about 20 mpg in combined driving, when the EPA estimates that you should get 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Not. Good. And, though the car looks good, it still feels a little cheap. The creaks and rattles were a little too obvious, and the stiff ride was, well, a little stiff. But, if it's better to look good than to feel good ... I think Kia might just be on to something with this car.

Base price: $18,100




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  • I don't know what it is but the avg fuel econ gauge in the Hyundai/Kia cars really undershoot the mark. Accelerating even the slightest drops it dramatically and even with the instant saying I'm getting 45 mpg cruising the Average won't budge. I need to get a more accurate gauge honestly.

  • I can't figure out the 20 mpg for that small of a car, either.

    Looking at their site, you didn't say if you had the 2.0 or 2.4, but based on the EPA numbers you gave, it was the 2.0. Car weighs 2800 lbs.

    On the other hand, this and the last car I had were V6s (2.7 or 3.2) and weighed about 4200 lbs and (despite whatever the EPA rated them) got 22 mph suburban driving, about 32 on the highway (based on the old fashioned method of writing down how many gallons I pumped and resetting the trip odo, rather than any gauges talipa mentions).

    So, unless you were doing burnouts at every stop light in the city, something must have been wrong.

    BTW the Kia site is a P.I.T.A. A couple of times it gave me messages that there were connection problems and refresh, but since Comcast said to get a 3.0 modem, I haven't been having problems anywhere else.

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