2014 Kia Forte Review: The Above Average Middle Child

The sedan market is hot right now with fresh new vehicles from just about every automaker. Mazda, Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, and of course, Kia with the new Forte. Kia hopes the second generation Forte will be hot on the heels of many of today's world-class compact sedans. Whether it actually is, could be determined by sales figures. Our immediate impression of the Forte was its lackluser quality behind the wheel. Which is hard not to overlook, even in a small sedan. But keeping in mind that it wasn't built for Mario Andretti, the Forte did have a lot to offer. What you get is loads of space, a clean setup, and some technology to keep you entertained. Here are the full details:

It's Like Driving a Cloud

2014 Kia Forte Review: The Above Average Middle Child

As mentioned, behind the wheel was overall lifeless. But just because it didn't have that "sporty" drive like a Focus or Mazda3, doesn't mean it wasn't fun in its own way. There was so much room for activities — natural light coming in from every angle, it had a nice moonroof, and the windshield was like looking out through a set of bay windows. And between the bouncy suspension and the Lazy Boy style seating, I felt like I was sitting on a cloud the whole time. For many drivers, that will be a welcomed experience.

You get loads of interior space and room enough for five (and the aforementioned leather seating option). The backseat was comfy for my 6-foot frame, even with my regular driving position in place. The trunk was roomy, too. (Tested with luggage, not human beings)

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