BY H. THROTTLE
No wonder Ford has quit making cars and now will specialize in their famous truck line and still do the classic Mustangs. The “no wonder” being the entry of so many low-priced cars made by Korean car manufacturers and assembled in Mexico.
This week’s car review features a KIA Forte EX that has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $21,990. Even after adding some attractive optional features the final price on the test model is a modest $26,325 with the car dripping in comfort, convenience, style and providing 40 mph highway mileage from a powerful 2L-four-cylinder engine.
The KIA Forte is dashing in appearance with a sleek body style with attractive gravity gray. This four-door sedan can compete in performance and price with any vehicle manufacturers in U.S., Japan, Asia or Germany. This Forte is made with skilled craftsmen in Pesquerial, NL, Mexico with the engine and transmission made in Mexico. The cars are shipped into the United States through Laredo, Texas
Leaving the question of tariffs on imported vehicles on the table, this is a bonanza vehicle for consumers who want a good vehicle at an attractive price along with a limited 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
I really enjoy driving this vehicle and it is nimble and like a ballerina in performance. The variable transmission provides a choice of gears that is hardly needed with a powerful drive mode.
The Forte offers a sport mode and average fuel economy was 33 mpg.
Loaded with special features, this KIA has all of the new safety features that include forward collision avoidance and forward collision warning. The lane departure warning is scary loud.
There are heated outside mirrors and the latest LED headlights including fog lighting. Only thing lacking in this model is all-wheel drive.
This special KIA Forte EX edition has some extra optional features such as the sunroof, Harman Kardon premium audio, rear spoiler and navigation system all in one package for an additional $3,210.
The drive is the best part of this car and the special features make it an attractive choice for a car with so many luxury and safety features.
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