On my last trip home, I was given the opportunity to check out the Kia Forte. To date I think I have driven every new Kia on the market, or darn close. The thing I like most about the Kia’s is that they are all very similar. Sure they have different body styles and features but, the setup inside is very close. It is nice to get in and know where everything is and what everything does.

2013 KIA FORTE: With an all new 2014 Kia Forte coming to market, the 2013 Kia Forte, Forte five-door and Koup receive minor upgrades. New this model year are LED daytime running lights, power folding outside mirrors, standard washer fluid warning lamp, new 16-inch wheel design, and two new exterior paint colors: Crimson Red and Metallic Bronze. Along with its sibling hatchback, the Forte sedan feature smart styling, value, five-passenger comfort and the latest technology. The front-wheel drive compact sedan is available in LX, EX and SX trim levels, while the Forte five-door is offered in EX and SX hatchback models. Both the sedan and five-door offer standard convenience features including air conditioning, SiruisXM Satellite Radio capabilities with three months complimentary service, MP3 connectivity and Bluetooth wireless technology and steering wheel-mounted audio controls. The Forte sedan’s trunk offers 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Forte five-door’s 19.4 cubic feet provides ample room for luggage or around-town grocery shopping. Standard engine on the LX and EX is a 2.0 liter DOHC four-cylinder that delivers 156 horsepower. When that engine is equipped with the optional Fuel Economy Package, which includes electric power steering, “smart” alternator, low-rolling-resistance silica tires and aerodynamic enhancements, delivers 27/37 mpg. The SX package features an upgraded 2.4L four cylinder that produces 173hp. Coupled with the powerplants are six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission options.

I have driven everything from cars to trucks to SUV’s of all sizes and this was one of the smoothest rides on the highway. It is a good choice if you are looking for something fuel efficient with 27 mpg city and 37 mpg highway as mentioned above.  It seats 5 and has a hatchback. The look of the car is pretty simple in the looks department considering all the previous Kia’s I have driven look pretty sleek. Despite the design, the Forte 5-Door handled all of my needs from grocery shopping to hauling around the kids things. Mom’s with boys know this can be a lot of stuff! “The 2013 Kia Forte 5-Door delivers a lot of bang for the buck, making it a good choice for small families looking to stretch their budget”, says Cars.com family reviewer Carrie Kim.

Disclosure: This post written by me on behalf of Kia and was provided with no monetary compensation. All thoughts and opinions are my own whether positive or negative.