While many of today's compact cars offer ad-friendly 40-mile-per-gallon fuel-economy ratings, the Kia Forte hasn't quite pushed its way into that top tier.
The Forte has now received official EPA ratings for the 2014 model year, at least for the sedan model. The numbers range from 24 miles per gallon city to 37 miles per gallon highway, depending on the engine and transmission specified.
EPA ratings are slightly below the Forte's corporate cousins; the Eco's actually the least efficient on the highway, though it's tops in combined gas mileage.
Some Forte sedans also can be equipped with an Eco Package to boost gas mileage. It adds Kia's ISG (Idle Stop & Go) stop-start system, which turns off the engine as the Forte comes to a stop, restarting it as the driver's foot lifts off the brake. It's rated higher on the city cycle at 26 mpg, but lowest of all on the highway at 35 mpg, for a combined rating of 29 mpg.