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Is the 2014 Kia Forte the Vehicle for You?

Longer, lower, and wider – that is what Kia was able to offer with the new 2014 Kia Forte. This year’s model is a four-door sedan with a larger shell than the 2013 model. With 106.3 inches, the new wheelbase is 2 inches longer than the previous edition. The overall length also gained a little more than an inch. The height, on the other hand, had been reduced by an inch.

2014 ForteThe 2014 Kia Forte

The 2014 Forte is a sporty vehicle with a generous amount of space both inside and out. The special features available on this vehicle are of luxury both in terms of quantity and quality.

This model is loved because it is visually appealing, features a lot of incredible technology, is affordable, and has a generous warranty. Reasons why you might not like the vehicle include the fact that it looks a lot more fun to drive than it actually is. It has a very sporty look, but doesn’t necessarily drive like a sports car.

Best Features

UVO Eservices: In addition to having all sorts of voice activated features, this Kia utilizes a UVO system that allows you to set up a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone which will automatically call 911 if your airbag is deployed. In addition to calling for help, the vehicle will also tell the police where your vehicle is by sending your navigational information to them using GPS. This particular feature is very appealing to anyone who may be shopping for their teenager’s first vehicle as it provides you with some peace of mind.

FlexSteer: The 2014 Kia Forte features a pretty incredible electric power steering system. The system makes it easy for the driver to choose between the following steering modes: Sport, Normal, and Comfort. Most drivers agree that the “Comfort” mode feels the least artificial of the three choices. It makes very small corrects while you are driving.

A Closer Look at the Interior

The interior is sporty and loaded with technology! Most agree Kia did a very good job stuffing features inside of the Forte without making it look tacky or cluttered. The back seats are pretty average in terms of size but one thing Kia is able to brag about is the option of having rear heated seats. While it is becoming more and more common for front seats to be heated, it isn’t that common for the back seats as well. The trunk is arguably one of the roomiest compartments of the vehicle measuring at nearly 15 cubic feet in size.

A Closer Look at the ExteriorThe 2014 Kia Forte

When compared to the Hyundai Elantra, the Kia Forte is not nearly as flashy on the outside. The upside is the “lack of flash” allows the Forte to age a little better. Like most Kias, the 2014 model does come with power-folding exterior mirrors for the driver’s convenience.

As you’ve probably noticed by now, the Kia Forte is known for technology and gizmos all over the inside and outside of the vehicle. It is definitely a vehicle more geared towards someone who is comfortable around technology.

Standard or Fully Loaded

When purchase 2014 Kia Forte, you have the choice between a standard and a fully loaded. Each come with a unique set of features. The fully loaded option, for obvious reasons, is significantly more expensive in price.

A standard Kia Forte features Bluetooth, USB connectivity, split-folding rear seats, and air conditioning. It comes with small steel wheels as well as a manual transmission. Some argue the standard comes with a whole slew of deficiencies in terms of features as well. The price gradually goes up for every additional feature you want to add to your Kia Forte including the automatic transmission, alloy wheels, and the keyless entry with remote.

A fully loaded Kia Forte of this year includes leather seats, heated seats, keyless entry, a moon roof, a heated steering wheel, and a push start button. The downside to upgrading to this impressive vehicle fully loaded with features is the price difference from the standard which is nearly $10,000 more.

Is This a Safe Vehicle?

With the release of every vehicle, Kia claims their primary goal is to get the vehicle a 5-star safety rating. Unfortunately, this has never been the case with the Kia Forte line. The vehicle received an average 4-star rating. The dissatisfying 3-star rating for front impact accidents is concerning to most.

After the release of the 2013 Kia Forte, Kia decided it was time for a reboot. That was just what the company did with the release of the 2014 model. With every Forte, you can count on power windows, powder locks, power mirrors, air conditioner, street wheel audio controls, and satellite radio. While it does not have the same sharp handling as the Focus, its well-rounded performance makes it an ideal choice for families who are looking for a new sedan to drive.