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2010 Kia Forte - Review

 

2010 Kia Forte

2010 Kia Forte

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The 2010 Kia Forte is the newest addition to the Kia staple of products. It replaced the outgoing 2009 Kia Spectra, which has had a reputation as being a decent car, but lackluster in the styling and performance departments. That may now have all changed with the introduction of the Forte, which is being hailed as a “strong contender” in the economy car market.

Let’s start with the something that factors a lot on most consumers’ minds—Price. The new 2010 Kia Forte starts out at $13,695 for the LX model, then moves up to $15,745 for the EX and the top of the range SX rings in at $17,195. Of course those prices are not counting the destination charge. The low entry price shouldn’t be a shock to many, since Kia has been selling their cars for bargain basement prices for well over a decade and with a 10 year/100,000 mile warranty to boot. The big difference this time around is that the new 2010 Kia Forte has a body design that is worthy of any of their Japanese competitors thanks to the folks in Kia’s California design studio.

 

2010 Kia Forte

2010 Kia Forte

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Our partners over at TheCarConnection.com give the 2010 Kia Forte an overall rating of 8.4 out of 10. They also highlight the exterior styling, the quiet and well put together cabin, spacious interior, ample cargo room and standard safety equipment. However, that isn’t what is getting the most press. No, the press seems to be jumping on the EX model with the Fuel Economy Package. Again, not a huge surprise because horsepower has been dethroned by mpg. The economy package gives the Forte a city/hwy fuel efficiency rating of 27/36 mpg, which is up 2 mpg for both city and highway.  The increase is achieved with some aerodynamic modifications, 5-speed automatic transmission, electric power steering and low-rolling-resistance silica tires. These are the same types of enhancements that are made to the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid to help it achieve it’s phenomenal city fuel efficiency of 41 mpg.

Bottom line—Kia is pulling a Jeffersons and moving on up. With the funky and fun 2010 Kia Soul and now the Forte, the real question is why haven’t you checked one out for yourself? Word on the street is that the Forte is a pleasant to drive as it is easy on the pocketbook.

 

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  1. 60% of the cars donated to charity will be eligible for a cash for clunkers voucher. Since the tax deduction for donating a car is only $500 or what the car sells for, charities can't compete. A better idea is to go back to allowing the donor to claim the book value for their donation. This way the government doesn't have to spend $4 million on vouchers and administer a program with rules which are not enforceable! Most donated cars are recycled, so there is an environmental benefit as well!
     
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  2. I test drove the Forte with the economy package, and was astonished. Roomy, comfortable and peppy. They really nailed this one. I have heard that the silica tires are expensive to replace...
     
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  3. This sedan is really has everything to impress people who want good car at very economic price.
     
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