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#40 of 69 press request
by kirstie_h HOST
Nov 09, 2010 (5:38 pm)
A reporter is interested in talking with a recent and first-time owner of a Kia. If you are interested in commenting on your experience, please reply to predmunds.com no later than noon on November 10, 2010, and include your city and state of residence, the model year of your vehicle.
#41 of 69 good selection at my local dealer
Nov 20, 2010 (11:38 am)
#42 of 69 First Look Forte5
Nov 21, 2010 (10:17 pm)
Saw my first Forte5 at my local dealer. It was an SX, red, automatic. Checked out what I could, but didn't drive it. Weather was turning bad and I had other things to do. Cargo space with seats up was better than expected. Fit and finish looked good. Not equipped with sunroof. Six speed automatic should improve mileage and acceleration.
The sticker was 20K. Perhaps the EX will be priced somewhat more afforably. This car resembles the Cee'd which is popular in Europe. There should be a market for this size hatchback. Am still awaiting the new Optima which hopefully will be here shortly.
#43 of 69 Forte 5DR vs. Elantra touring
Dec 05, 2010 (6:29 am)
Styling wise I do like the Forte 5dr better, BUT is it smaller in ways that will hurt my use? Anyone have dimensions for the storage area seats up and seats down?
And please can someone refresh me on the engine differences. Both list a 2.0 but the Kia is new model, right? Substantially better in mileage and power?
Funny how the Kia's look sporty to me, while the Hyundai's looked tricked out with curves and bump outs. I also think the Forte interior was better on first impression. Had red on the lighted dials which I did not like... was this only on the SX model I drove? I have a Pontiac and the orange dials are hard on my old eyes at night!
#44 of 69 Re: Forte 5DR vs. Elantra touring [CapeCod]
Dec 05, 2010 (10:54 am)
see post #37 for the picture I took with the dimensions with the rear seats down.
The 2.0L engine between the Touring and the Forte 5 is dramatically different. This is Canadian info but I suspect its the same in the US:
Forte 5 - 156 hp and 144 lbs of torque
Touring - 138 hp and 136 lbs of torque
Forte 5 - 6 spd manual or 6 spd auto
Touring - 5 spd manual or 4 spd auto
Substantially better mileage with the Forte. These are imperial mpg:
Forte 5 range - 34 mpg to 50 mpg
Touring range - 32 mpg to 43 mpg
The Forte with the 2.4L gets similar mileage as the 2.0L in the Touring. The Touring does not offer an optional engine. The Touring is using old technology for their mechanics which is why it has a lower base price. The Touring will have the edge in overall cargo capacity due to its style.
#46 of 69 Re: Forte 5DR vs. Elantra touring [conwelpic]
Dec 11, 2010 (8:47 pm)
The US ratings for the Forte 5-door are 26/36 mpg. You can build one on the US kia website now.
#47 of 69 Forte 5-door vs. Elantra Touring
Dec 17, 2010 (11:19 am)
The 2011 Elantra Touring is really based on the European i30, and is quite different from the 2011 Elantra sedan, a newer design. The Touring is still using the older 138-hp 2.0-L cast-iron block engine, with 5-speed manuals and 4-speed automatics. The sedans are using the new and more efficient 148-hp 1.8-L all-aluminum engines with 6-speed manuals and automatics. The Elantra's 1.8-L engine is even more efficient than the Forte's 2.0-L, developing 82.2-hp/L vs. 78-hp/L. As of this morning, the 2011 Elantra sedan was shown on Hyundai's Web site, but all supporting information was still pointing to the 2010 model. Until Hyundai migrates the Touring onto the Elantra platform, the Forte 5-door is a better buy, with more power and better fuel efficiency. But the sedans are a different story, as the Elantra's rated at 29/40 mpg, regardless of trim level and transmission type; the best the Forte can achieve is 26/36 mpg, and only with an automatic.
#48 of 69 Re: Forte 5-door vs. Elantra Touring [jimpimms]
Dec 17, 2010 (12:13 pm)
I'm very anxious to see how well the 2.0 performs in the 5-door with the new 6-speed auto. It has killer EPA ratings, but the two additional gears should really give the engine a lot more flexibility compared to the 4-speed auto it was saddled to previously!
The rear sub-floor organize layout looks very cool...is that a standard feature on all 5-doors?
#49 of 69 Re: Forte 5-door vs. Elantra Touring [jimpimms]
Dec 17, 2010 (12:16 pm)
I don't disagree with any of your analysis, but the Forte Eco does get 27/37 according to the EPA. I think that package is only available on the EX with Automatic.