Driving the affordable and fuel-efficient 2014 Kia Forte LX.
When you’re accustomed to a luxury ride, stepping down to a more basic car may, well, seem like stepping down, but Fadra Nally discovered when driving the fuel-efficient 2014 Kia Forte LX, she didn’t miss the bells and whistles as much as she thought she would. Read on for Fadra’s car review on driving the 2014 Kia Forte LX.
Fadra Loves Cars
When I met my husband, we honestly didn’t have much in common. He was tall; I was short. He liked super spicy foods; I thought salt was a pretty neat spice. We did, however, have the same sense of humor and we both shared a love of cars. Almost fourteen years later, I’m starting to think that’s the secret to success: humor and cars.
After we married, we traded in my mid-sized sedan for a small SUV, then traded it for a larger SUV, then traded it for a crossover vehicle. I finally realized that our little family of three didn’t need much more and gas mileage was starting to become more important, so I’m back to a sedan, this time fully loaded. After reaching a certain age, I require luxuries like heated seats, power moonroof, in-dash navigation and satellite radio. None of which the 2014 Kia Forte LX had.
That was pretty much my first reaction upon entering the Kia Forte.
Um, there must be some mistake. I require luxury and I’m not seeing it.
But the Kia was mine for the week and I thought I’d make the best of it.
Here’s what I learned from driving the 2014 Kia Fote LX:
I don’t need in-dash navigation.
Yes, I know plenty of people out there use their iPhone and Google maps for their GPS purposes. And it turns out that it actually works pretty well.
I didn’t really miss the moonroof.
That could have something to do with the fact that it’s been pretty cold and the sun has been hiding behind layers of gray clouds. Generally I like the extra light that a moonroof provides but like the navigation, I didn’t really miss it.
There’s still decent radio out there.
I actually don’t listen to the radio much but because it was already programmed, I ended up tuning in to some of the local FM stations. I was kicking out the jams old school style. And when I wasn’t, I enjoyed the convenience of the USB port so I could keep listening to the BEST AUDIOBOOK EVER.*
Fabric seats don’t need much heating.
The Kia Forte had standard fabric and I found that I quite enjoyed it. Even in the middle of freezing cold weather, I generated enough, um, natural heat to get the seats warmed pretty quickly.
So I learned that I like luxury but I don’t really require luxury. In fact, by the end of the week, I felt more like a college girl with her first sedan zipping around town. I even played around on the ice a little to make sure the anti-lock brakes were doing their job (they were). I considered doing donuts in the parking lot but wasn’t really sure what kind of liability I was covered for and safely returned the car to my driveway.
I will say that I did really miss my navigation, mainly because I’m so used to the visual it provides me. And I really missed the lumbar support in the seats, unless I simply couldn’t find it. But overall? It was a fun to drive car that got extremely good gas mileage all under the tender price of $20,000.
To be completely fair, though, I was driving the LX trim. If you’re looking for under $20k and can live without life’s little luxuries, then you’ve got yourself a sweet ride. If you still like small but just need some of the features I was missing, the 2014 Kia Forte EX has a lot more standard features with options for everything else.
Thinking about a small sedan for yourself or for one of your kids? Come along for the ride and see what life in a small car is like. And no worries if you need to go for the cheaper trim. AGirlsGuidetoCars.com has some great tips on low-tech ways to go high-tech!
What We Loved
Priced under $20,000, and leasing packages are currently offered for $169 a month
We averaged 32 MPG; the car is rated for 25MPG city/37MPG highway
Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity with buttons on the steering wheel
Rear seats that fold down for more storate
60 month/60,000 mile warranty
What You Need to Know
The next level up, the LX, provides many more luxuries, including navigation and heated seats, for an additional $5,500
Comfortable seating for 5 (but more comfortable for four)
Available in manual or automatic transmission
The Kia Forte was provided by Kia for my review; my opinions, as always, are all my own.
* I just finished listening to 11-22-63 by Stephen King. Whether you read it or listen to it, I highly recommend it.