• Paul Posted: 3/20/2010 5:01pm PDT

    I think you have mixed up, or at a minimum not differentiated between the base Forte engine (2.0L) and optional 2.4L engine. The base engine is the one that gets 37 mpg on the highway, but only if you get the optional eco package. The 2.4L engine is the one that can get up to 140mph, and has much more power, but does NOT get 37 mpg highway. In the second paragraph, you make it sound like the Kia Forte can go 140mph, and get 37 miles per gallon. Not true, different engines. The larger engine gets 31 mpg, much more in line with other sporty cars. Very poor journalism and reporting. Is the person who wrote this even a car expert?

  • karl @ ecogreenstore Posted: 4/19/2010 3:32am PDT

    Looking to buy one of these cars. They seem like a great idea tbh. Pitty its a kia really!

  • Midwest Posted: 4/20/2010 1:17pm PDT

    I recently purchased a Forte EX after researching and test driving just about everyting else in its class out there. With the deal I got and all the standard features, plus of course the handling, this is an excellent buy. True, the plastics are lightweight and can mar easily if you aren't careful, but overall it's solid and comparable to others out there. I find it very comfortable and responsive. It's actually fun to drive even if it isn't a red sports car. My only gripe with this and other Kia vehicles is the inability to have some options if you don't want leather seating. I would love to have heated mirrors and foglights without going to the "top of the line". Otherwise, it's a great little vehicle and I highly recommend it to stretch your dollars in acquisition, maintenance, and fuel expenses.