2010 Kia Forte: Eco-Car With An Attitude

March 18, 2010

In 1973 the first energy crisis came to the U.S. The next year the Clean Energy Research Institute began, as did the nation’s need to conserve energy. Almost 40 years later we are still struggling with saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint on this planet. However, Kia has got a car to kick-start you into saving energy. The 2010 Kia Forte can fix your gasoline burning problem without distracting or subtracting from your desire to drive with power as usual.

Back in 1973 a postage stamp cost ten cents and ten was probably the average miles per gallon you got in your car. The 2010 Kia Forte, on the other hand, can find up to 37 mpg on your highway commute. This family oriented sedan is not sedate in the least, though. It will let it all hang out if you put the pedal to the metal. We pushed it and it popped to near 140 mph.

The 2010 Kia Forte is fortified with an economical 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine that you can energize with its standard five-speed automatic transmission. Take the heavy foot and find the gas pedal for a peppy push past other slow pokes out on the road.

You will be astonished at the sport-tuned suspension and rack and pinion steering. You will be startling to passengers and on lookers, especially if you screech to a halt with your front and rear disc brakes equipped with an anti-lock brake system, brake-assist and electronic brake-force distribution.

There are other safety features that make this fun car an asset to the family. There is a traction-control system that takes the worry out of wobbling along the highway, and a tire pressure monitoring system as well. This latter feature definitely helps to deliver improved mileage on any car.

The 2010 Kia Forte not only has a tire pressure monitoring system but other seat safety features like dual front air bags, front seat mounted side airbags, full length side curtain airbags, and even front active head rests. Additionally, the front seat belts have pretensioners with force limiters. Less we forget there are three point seatbelts in the rear, as well as lower anchors and tethers for child seats.

The car also comes with air conditioning, solar and tinted glass, a great sound system with six speakers. Sirius satellite radio with a three month complimentary subscription is included, as is Bluetooth hands-free and USB/Aux ports.

Putting aside the driver perk's like one touch power windows, there’s also a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control and power door locks with keyless remote. The 60/40 split folding rear seats and adjustable rear seat headrests are a nice touch, as is the folding rear armrest with dual cupholders and storage bin. The passenger next to the driver also gets to use dual cupholders with bottle holders in the front doors.

The 2010 Kia Forte may be an eco-friendly family car, but the sporting driver does alright with the leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob--no reason the old man can’t enjoy the sporting life behind the sports steering wheel.

Even with the optional leather package the 2010 Kia Forte will set you back less than $ 20,000 including options like a power sun roof. The car carries with it a 10 year/100,000 miles limited powertrain warranty and 5 year/60,000 miles warranty with 24 hour roadside assistance which you can work out with the dealer.

The real deal, however, is the stimulated annual fuel cost of roughly $1,097 based on average driving levels. This makes this car eco-friendly with an attitude, given its quick acceleration and sports car like handling on the open road. Riding in the 2010 KIA Forte is as close to driving a green clean machine with ‘Macho Power’ that a man can currently get in a new family car.

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