My name is Jamayl (Ja-mail) but many know me as JTZ.
I recently traded in my 2004 Kia Optima for a 2010 Kia Forte and love every bit of it. I find the Forte to be stylish, roomy, and have features I still have to get used too.
Even though this is my third Kia, the Forte is my first to actually have style. It has a muscular look to it in the front, side and rear. The style not only satisfies me but it draws reactions around others on the road as well.
For example, Kia owners on the road give me thumbs up or smile. In fact, when I test drove this car, a black Kia Spectra was next to me full of four young adults.
One of the guys in the back touched the driver on the shoulder to let him know that there was a Forte right next to him.
When he saw it, he first slowed down and gotten behind me so he could see the back. Then, he drove next to me in the next lane. They all looked toward my car. And one of them rolled the window down and stuck his hand out cheering me on.
A few intersections later, the black Spectra had taken off with tremendous speed just after loud music was heard from the black car.
Also, there was one time I was making a left turn on a green light. I drove up to the intersection so that I can have a guaranteed left turn regardless if the light turns red or not. The car that was on the other side making their left turn was the last generation Scion XB.
The driver gave me an envious look. I could imagine him seeing my Kia with the Audi like headlights, Kia’s new face and muscular look with the left turn signals from the headlight and on the mirror blinking on and off on and off giving off more attention.
He hurriedly made his left turn because he couldn’t stand to see what he saw; as a result, after my positive response from the guy with the Spectra and now this, I knew that I was not the only one that was turned on by the Forte’s attractions. I smiled thinking to myself, Boy if this brings this much attention on the road, how will people react when they see Kia Forte Koups?
Not only is the attention I’m getting on the road the only reason why I like the Forte but the features also catch my eye. I love the Blue Tooth, satellite radio and the MP3 Player. It has a trip computer to tell me how many miles I have until I’m out of gas, my average speed and much more the red lighting is very awesome too.
The red has me forgetting I’m driving a C segment sedan and has me thinking I’m driving something sporty. Plus, the interior is very impressive to the others in SUVs or CUVs as well. Since I got this new car, I can’t keep any SUVs behind me when driving lol.
They can’t help that the red lighting captures their attention and can’t stand it; therefore, it makes them get in another lane and go faster so they can get away from me.
Anyway, the satellite radio is free for 90 days and I still have to figure that thing out. There are so many stations on there and I love the Playboy Station (maybe I will pay for satellite radio after my 90 days are up) lol.
I already gotten the Blue Tooth to recognize my phone and my phone book was recorded from the cell phone to the car. So all I have to do is say the name and she knows who I’m trying to contact. The Blue Tooth works well. I don’t have to raise my voice or talk clear for the woman to hear me.
Also, when I use the Blue Tooth, I noticed that the radio automatically shuts off so that the Blue Tooth will not have any distractions when she is doing her job. The phone in the car works so good even my passenger was also able to communicate with the party on the other end of the line. I still have to figure out the MP3 Player though.
The Forte’s size is incredible and it doesn’t feel as if I sacrificed volume from trading the 2004 Optima for this. The trunk space is about the same size (if not bigger) as well as the leg room between this and my traded Optima, and I’m still just as comfortable driving or riding in this since I’m only 5’8″.
The size is perfect for me it’s not too big or too small. I shown this to one friend of mine’s and when I told him it was a compact sedan, he could not believe it. He told me it looked to be about the size of my Optima.
Finally, I think the Forte is very fun to drive. If I’m at a red light, and I’m in the front and I’m next to another car, I often take the lead after the light turns green without much effort. Plus, there was one time I was in the left turning lane at a red light.
The traffic light doesn’t have any arrows; consequently, after the light turns green, you have to wait until traffic on the other side passes before turning. But my Forte made it before anyone knew what happened.
There is one entrance ramp that has very harsh turns just before getting on the freeway. With my Optima, I had to go about 25mph just before I could get on the highway because the handling and acceleration just was not as good.
With the Forte, not only could I go through twist on the same ramp at a faster speed, but getting up to the highway speed was no problem and the car that was behind formed a gap so big that 15 to 20 cars could fit between me and that car.
With the Forte’s performance, style, roomy interior, and features I never had before, I know I can take better care of this than I did with my Optima starting with where to park at to avoid door dings.
Thanks for your Kia Forte review JTZ!