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COMFORT AND QUALITY | 9 out of 10
“Rear legroom is…a little tight for those with longer legs”
“Leads its class in several categories, most notably its 14.7 cu-ft of cargo volume”
“Interior quality rivals the better examples in this segment”
The five-passenger Kia Forte is roomy for this class, with an exceptionally large trunk that will swallow just about anything you can think to throw in it.
Inside the passenger compartment, Kia’s 2010 Forte offers spacious accommodations for the two front passengers, although the rear seats are somewhat less comfortable. TheCarConnection.com’s editors find a generous amount of both headroom and legroom for those riding in the twin buckets up front, and Cars.com states that the “seat comfort is decent.” Unfortunately, Edmunds warns that “the telescoping steering column is only available on the SX, meaning taller drivers might have a hard time getting comfortable in the LX and EX.” TheCarConnection.com's editors observe it would more likely be the opposite, with the steering wheel too close for shorter drivers. Also, despite the abundance of headroom up front, Motor Trend cautions that “headroom can be an issue in the back seats for taller passengers.” Although the rear bench makes good use of the Kia Forte’s available interior volume, Edmunds still reports “rear legroom is nonetheless a little tight for those with longer legs.”
Not all reviews read by TheCarConnection.com skew toward the negative, however, as Cars.com recognizes the virtues of a backseat that is “accommodating for adult passengers,” with “enough space to carry your friends or go on a double date without making those riding in back ornery.”
While the overall passenger space could be termed good, the Kia 2010 Forte’s available cargo room is unequivocally great. Motor Trend reports that the Kia Forte “leads its class in several categories, most notably its 14.7 cu-ft of cargo volume, which can be expanded greatly if you fold down the 60/40 split rear seats.” Edmunds offers similar praise for the Kia Forte’s utility, declaring “trunk space…is plentiful, measuring an impressive 14.7 cubic feet.”
It’s much more common with this class to read complaints about interior quality, but once again the 2010 Kia Forte rises above the pack and earns praise from reviewers for its top-notch assembly. Motor Trend is pleasantly surprised to find that the “build quality on the pre-production examples we sampled was first rate, and the materials are on par with other offerings in the segment.” Edmunds seconds their opinion regarding the materials, claiming “materials quality is good enough to satisfy expectations in this segment.” Cars.com is slightly more optimistic, noting that the 2010 Kia Forte’s “interior quality rivals the better examples in this segment,” thanks largely to a “dashboard [that] makes use of mostly hard rather than soft-touch surfaces,” but with a “plastic [that] has nice graining and isn’t excessively shiny.” Perhaps the greatest compliment also comes from Cars.com, where reviewers proclaim “there’s really nothing to remind you that the Forte is a value choice in its class.”
One of the benefits of the 2010 Kia Forte’s solid build quality is that the vehicle is rather quiet inside, especially for an entry-level sedan. Motor Trend reports “the cabin was relatively quiet at freeway speeds, with little wind noise exhibited,” and other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com agree.
This is as good as it gets in such a low-priced vehicle; the 2010 Kia Forte is quiet and refined inside, and there's plenty of passenger space, plus a huge trunk.