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Kia Forte, Car Buying, Hatchback
#30 of 70 SX 5-door Canadian model
Oct 22, 2010 (4:34 pm)
was able to view the SX model at my dealers today
#31 of 70 2011 SX 5-door Canadian model
Oct 22, 2010 (4:37 pm)
#33 of 70 correct set up for rear cargo area of Forte 5
Nov 05, 2010 (2:41 pm)
Early I was not aware of how the rear cargo area seats function, so this is the correct set up as shown in this EX Canadian model.
the headrest from the rear back cushion have to be removed but they have storeage slots in the base cushion to hold them in place.
as you can see it gives you a nice flat cargo area with no wasted space.
#34 of 70 Re: correct set up for rear cargo area of Forte 5 [conwelpic]
Nov 05, 2010 (3:19 pm)
Kind of strange the way the seat back moves forward and the headrests face the rear? Would it be too much to ask how that is accomplished?
I agree, that is a nice flat storage area with nothing intruding. Would be nice to get the dimensions too.
#35 of 70 Re: correct set up for rear cargo area of Forte 5 [m6user]
Nov 05, 2010 (7:26 pm)
you pull the base cushion forward slightly then up and it hinges forward to the position you see behind the front seats; the headrests are removed off the back rest cushion and inserted into two rod slots for the two outer headrest, the centre one actually fits into two loops on the centre part of the base cushion; then drop the back rest cushion into the area where the base cushion was previously located. Does that make sense?
Sorry I didn't think to take measurements.
#36 of 70 Re: correct set up for rear cargo area of Forte 5 [conwelpic]
Nov 05, 2010 (9:12 pm)
Tks. Yeah, that makes sense. I couldn't figure out if the cushion that was raised up against the front seats was the seat bottom or back. Works very similar on my SUV. I have to take the headrests out and just throw on the floor of the backseat. This is a little more thoughtful way of providing for storage of the headrest while you have it configured for hauling something.
#37 of 70 Re: correct set up for rear cargo area of Forte 5 [m6user]
Nov 08, 2010 (8:44 am)
okay here's the dimensions
#38 of 70 Re: correct set up for rear cargo area of Forte 5 [conwelpic]
Nov 08, 2010 (10:24 am)
Very nice. Tks much for the dimensions.
#39 of 70 Test Drive
Nov 09, 2010 (10:24 am)
I got the chance to test drive a Forte5 a couple of days ago. It was a 2.0L EX automatic with moonroof.
The 2.0L engine seemed more than up to the task for me. It was plenty eager to downshift when necessary. The brakes were a little touchy for my tastes, but it's nothing I couldn't get used to. It seemed sporty enough to get by, and the ride was comfortable.
The interior was nicely put together, although it might be a little bit on the boring side. It seemed to have more room and as much cargo space as my 1999 Camry despite the fact that the Forte5 is well over a foot shorter in length. I'd forgo the moonroof for myself because I thought it cut into head room.
Since pricing isn't on Kia's website yet. This particular model was $19,300 with destination. Take the sunroof off, and you're left with $18,550 for an EX automatic. That's about $900 more than the 2010 EX automatic sedan. I'd say it's worth it for the extra two gears on the transmission, and inclusion of 16" allow wheels