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2011 Kia Forte - Quality Review

 
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With a quiet, smooth ride, along with a roomy interior—in all except the Koup (headroom)—the 2011 Kia Forte delivers a bit more comfort than class stalwarts like the Toyota Corolla.
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the Forte's tires remain sensitive to surface texture, and transmit widely varying noise levels to the occupants
Popular Mechanics

The steering wheel tilts but doesn't telescope, and this made it hard for me to reach the wheel once I had the seat in a comfortable position.
MSN Autos

while the Koup SX's suspension tuning is sportier than the already capable sedan's...the everyday result is a significantly harsher ride
Edmunds' Inside Line

The interior plastics are a little hard to the touch but largely inoffensive.
Automobile Magazine

Space in the front and rear is among the best of its peers.
Car and Driver

Passenger space is abundant in the 2011 Kia Forte, thanks to a rather tall roof and wide body. Front seats aren't generously proportioned, but there's adequate headroom even with the sunroof for a 6'6" driver, with lots of legroom, and the backseat has plenty of space for two adults, three in a pinch—though legroom is limited. The 2011 Kia Forte Koup is an exception to that, though; the slightly different seating position makes headroom challenging with the sunroof especially. In either case, the trunk is huge.

Overall, Kia has done a great job damping the noise and vibration that usually accompanies the cheapest small cars, and even over the coarsest road surfaces the cabin boom isn't excessive. Seat materials are unremarkable, and while there's definitely some hard plastic around the cabin, we couldn't find any ragged edges. One criticism: the engine can get a little thrashy when pushed into its upper revs, for a highway pass, for example.

Conclusion

With a quiet, smooth ride, along with a roomy interior—in all except the Koup (headroom)—the 2011 Kia Forte delivers a bit more comfort than class stalwarts like the Toyota Corolla.

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