Since moving to D.C. I've had the fortune of being introduced to the city's booming event/night life. Everything from charity events, to drink competitions, menu tastings, invites to wine tasting as the Embassy's, and whatever else under the sun that you can think of. And, while I will typically ride the metro into the city, just because of the sheer convenience, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to arrive in a stylish car I'd be proud to have the valet park for me.
I had a few things set up for the week that I was supposed to review the 2014 Kia Forte. The one I was most excited about was the Aroma Espresso Bar menu tasting in Bethesda, MD. Unfortunately I got sick that week and my plans ended up being cancelled. I mean, I was pretty much down an out for the majority of the week. Prying me off the couch was nearly impossible. (I'm also pretty sure no one wanted someone who couldn't stop coughing and sneezing near any of their food.) Super bummer, right?!
The 2014 Kia Forte EX arrived with little fan fare. Usually smaller cars don't get my engine running. I'm also a slightly timid driver in the city's traffic and prefer to be sitting up a little higher so I can see better. Plus, if I'm going to get into an accident I'd rather be the one taking someone out than getting crushed to death. But, larger vehicles really aren't the best for city driving, and especially not for commuting into the city, so I was excited to give this one a test run.
The Forte's Abyss Blue color was absolutely stunning. (This coming from someone who doesn't usually care for blue vehicles.) The color was eye catching, and snazzy. Definitely a head turner when you pull up to your social obligation. The overall exterior design of the car was sleek and sassy. I definitely felt like a million bucks driving it around. And not the old-as-heck "money in the family" sort of million bucks who are going to go for the Cadillacs and Buicks, but the "just landed my first big job in my awesome career, and I'm still in my 20's and 30's" sort of million bucks.
My timidity quickly left me when I took it for a drive on the interstate. I never felt so comfortable in a car that I hadn't driven before, especially one that's relatively low to the ground with crazy people driving all around me. I got my seat situated, and off we went. I found that the 2014 Kia Forte handled highway driving really well, and the steering wheel had just enough resistance to make driving fun instead of a harrowing experience of over-correction. The Kia Forte came with me onto a few gravely parking lots and bumpy roads and handled both like a champ. The ride was comfortable. We weren't bouncing around everywhere, and the vehicle was very easy to maneuver.
Even though it's nice to have a car to show off when you go out for the night, it's also important for me as a mom to have a vehicle I can actually use to tote everyone around it. The Kia Forte easily fit my daughter's booster seat and my son's massive car seat. We also fit a 3rd person (a little uncomfortably) between the two in the back. The front, while I didn't think had as much leg room as I would have liked, was still spacious over all.
My favorite features included the sun roof, as usual, and the navigation system and backup camera. Of course the push button start is also a favorite. I loved that the seats had a knit and woven soft cloth trim and weren't a sort of sticky leather. You know the type.... it's 80 degrees out and you have to peel your legs from the seat. The driver's side also had ventilated seats. LOVE that! The Eco feature is always a winner in my book. Until gas is under $2.00 a gallon, it's always a smart choice to save as much as possible. For more information about all of the fantastic features the Kia Forte offers, make sure you check them out online. Many are standard, but for a couple thousand more, it's nice to have the option of upgrading for some of the conveniences and little touches that really make one want to show off the vehicle.
Out of all of the cars (I'm not including the Kia Sorento in this statement), the Kia Forte has been my favorite. Not only was it in a price range I can afford when it is time for me to purchase a car, but it looks more expensive than it really is. It had every feature that I could possibly want, and nothing that I thought was useless. It was easy to get used to, comfortable, great on gas, and just a beautiful little car to behold. I'm definitely filing this one away as a, "must convince husband this is a viable option" car. I loved this car, and was REALLY bummed the plague that has been going around managed to knock me off my feet in the worst way possible the week I was scheduled to have the vehicle. Ugh. 'Till we meet again, Kia Forte. 'Till we meet again!
*I received the 2014 Kia Forte free of charge for 1 week in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.