By Fireball Tim Lawrence
• SEE ALSO: Kia Buyers Guide
HOLLYWOOD USA – November 18, 2013: When I was a kid, I didn’t have
too many choices in cars. Not because there weren’t that many, but
simply because I had only one weekend to find wheels. It was high school and
it was 1981!
I settled on the first car I found, which was a four-door 1977 VW Dasher
in lemon yellow. It even looked like a lemon. It was a beater, but it hauled ass.
Today, kids have a world of choices and those cars are very
serious machines. It’s totally common to have heated seats, cruise
control, smartphone links and a partridge in a pear tree. It blows my
After a week in the 2014 KIA FORTE EX, it was clear to me that Kia knows
how to build cars. Solid a a rock, stable, safe and with a design language
that’s subtle yet consistent across all their models. It’s not
a track car, race car, rocket or anything close to a speed demon. But what
it is, is a car you’d want to put your kids in and know that
they’re secure when they go off the college, or to pick up your dry
cleaning – as they should..
Everything is well placed and thought out. It’s masculine, yet in
a soft and strong blend. But,… it’s also a happy car, so
here’s my point…
The Kia Forte exudes a positive nature. It helps for it to be in Abyss
Blue, but the design just makes you feel positive about things. How it does
this, I haven’t fully worked out yet, but every time I got into the
car I felt like I was about to do something really fun. And you know, it
made doing the most humdrum things actually fun. Maybe it was the state of
mind it put me in by my not being able to nit-pick design flaws or maybe it
had a secret wellness compartment that I missed.
I always look forward to when a Kia shows up at my door because it
means I’ll be able to concentrate on good things. And this, for me,
says a lot about a company. I think that if I went to the top for a
meeting, I’d find Mr. Kia playing video games or marbles, waiting for
The Forte boasts 28mpg average with the highway mileage up to 36. That
saves you about $2K over five years in fuel costs. Pretty good for a car I
can plunk into for around $16K. And the EX pumps about 173hp, so
that’s enough get-up-and-go to help your kids get back to school, but
not enough to get them into trouble.
Secure. That seems to be the motif for Kia. And that is certainly what
everyone wants… Unless they want it in red…
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