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2013 Kia Forte Comfort & Quality

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A number of other compact-sedan rivals have been creeping up in size, which leaves the 2013 Kia Forte as one of the more manageably sized models. An interior that makes good use of available space, pleasant seating, and a back seat that's just large enough for two adults altogether makes the Forte the right pick for those who want a comfortable yet simple small-car experience.

Aiding that feeling of spaciousness inside the Forte sedan is a rather tall roofline; that enables a pretty high seating position, with a reasonably good view outward, and the feeling of a lower beltline compared to some other models in this class. The down side is that actual seat comfort isn't so impressive; taller or wider drivers will be disappointed with the short, flat front seats, while the rear bench is contoured to fit two adults pretty well, but not for any measure of long-distance comfort. There's just not enough shoulder room to fit three across in back, unless they're smaller kids.

Spacious and roomy, the Kia Forte has some interior appointments that aren't as satisfying as its latest efforts.

Otherwise, Kia has done a great job in making this interior feel refined, even though you'll never mistake it for a premium or luxury cabin. There are a few more hard surfaces than we'd like to see, but it all fits together better—and more attractively—than in the Civic, for example. And Kia has done a great job in keeping road noise out of the cabin, even though a boomy engine note is obtrusive at higher revs.

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