The Best Kia Models for College Students

studentWhen you are going off to college is the perfect time to buy a new car. This car will follow you through your college experience and make it much easier to get around your new town. With a car comes freedom, and especially if you are going to school somewhere far away from your home, having a car makes it much easier to travel back and forth and to get where you need to go, even if you are unfamiliar with the city or town where your university is.

While we know that any of our Kia models will be great for a new college student, there are some cars in our showroom that are going to be better for younger drivers. Whether you are going off to college for the first time or you are in between semesters right now, now is the perfect time to buy. We’ve picked these five vehicles specifically because they are fun to drive, stylish, and safe. They are also affordable, which makes them ideal for college students who might be strapped for cash. Here are the best Kia models for college students:

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1. The Kia Soul This vehicle is perfect for the college student that loves to stand out. There are simply no other vehicles on the market right now that look like the Kia Soul. This vehicle is all about attitude, with unique styling that makes it perfect for your unique student. While it’s true that style is important, safety and functionality are just as important, especially to your parents. On these fronts, the Kia Soul still succeeds. It has some of the best safety features in the industry and an interior that is focused on the driver. This means that everything you need is within reach and that you can easily tune the radio or adjust your settings, without taking your eyes off of the road. It is one of the most affordable models in our showroom, despite the angular, unique styling and the range of great safety features and it also boasts up to 31 mpg. It is inexpensive to purchase and it is also inexpensive to drive. While it is a compact care, you will never feel claustrophobic in this vehicle!

2. The Kia Forte This is the smallest vehicle in our showroom, but it definitely does not lack the power that most young drivers are looking for. It prides itself on being zippy, and with up to 37 mpg, it is going to be a very economical choice. It is also one of the least expensive options, which, especially when buying your first car, can be a huge bonus. It’s a great starter car that can easily adapt to your life after graduation. The Forte comes in a number of different varieties, including the standard four door design and a hatchback variety, which gives you just a little bit more storage room and a different look to the vehicle overall. This can be the ideal choice for anyone who wants a high quality sedan or hatchback, but doesn’t want to pay the high prices other brands are demanding even for their cheapest options.

3. The Kia Sorento A sedan might feel like the most obvious option for a young driver, but sometimes they just do not provide enough room for the student that often needs or wants to drive around large groups or haul gear. This is where the Kia Sorento comes in. Still much less expensive than your average SUV, the Kia Sorento provides much more seating (up to eight people) and also provides you with much more power. If you are a student who also likes to get away from the university on the weekends, either to hike or camp or just explore, this could be the very best option for you.

4. The Kia Sportage An SUV, especially one as economical as the Sportage, can be the perfect vehicle for a college student. You’ll have a little bit more room, which is always appreciated when driving around friends and roommates, and the bold styling of this vehicle is certain to turn heads. As great for hauling skis as it is for toting art supplies, you cannot go wrong when you choose this vehicle. It starts at just over $20,000 for the most basic trim, which comes with all of the safety features and infotainment features that you need. Higher trim levels will give you more features. While it does not get as stellar gas mileage as one of the sedans might, it still gets up to 30 mpg, which could still help you save at the pump.

5. The Kia Optima The Optima is one of the most popular cars on our lot and across all Kia dealerships. Why? Because the Optima is so versatile. It is styled to be both bold and sleek, without losing any of the practicality of a traditional sedan. It is bigger than the Forte, so those who need a little bit more cargo space and leg room might want to choose the Optima over something smaller like the Forte or the Rio. You’ll find luxury accents and plenty of safety features, so that you always feel like you are safe on the road, in addition to having fun while driving. It gets up to 37 miles per gallon, so you do not have to worry about paying through the nose for gas as you go on weekend adventures.

Best Kia Vehicles for Young Professionals

professionalBeing a young professional can be exciting, but it can also mean long hours and late nights while you are trying to establish yourself in your chosen profession. Buying a car is often part of just starting out in life, but deciding which one specifically to purchase, especially if your life is still in flux, can be difficult. How do you know what vehicle is going to function just as well for you in three years as it does right now? The key is to buy a vehicle that is versatile. Luckily, Kia has a wide variety of those in its lineup. Here are the best Kia vehicles for young professionals:

The Kia Optima

The Optima is probably Kia’s most versatile vehicle and one of its most popular. It is designed to be both stylish and fun to drive, which makes it a great option for younger drivers. It’s also armed to the teeth with the best technology optima has to offer, as well as a number of great safety features, which could be a selling point for those who have long commutes and spend a lot of time on the road. This is a mid-sized sedan, which makes it larger than some of Kia’s other sedans, for more storage space and leg room. You certainly won’t sacrifice sportiness, however, if you choose the Optima.

The Kia Soul

The Soul is, without a doubt, the most unique vehicle in Kia’s lineup, which should make it the perfect choice for anyone who wants a car that marches to the beat of its own drum. It has everything that makes a sedan great, while being extremely unique-looking. On a less-aesthetic level, it is a fun-to-drive, engaging vehicle with plenty of technology and advanced handling. If you want to turn heads and to drive a vehicle that no one else at the office is going to be driving, this is the one for you.

The Kia Sportage

If you are looking for a vehicle that is as stylish as it is versatile, the Kia Sportage is a great option. Not only is the Sportage getting a few incredible updates this year (including being the first to get Kia’s updated UVO3 infotainment system), this vehicle is affordably priced, starting at just over $22,000. This makes it comparable to many entry-level sedans for most other brands, but gives you the functionality and look of a SUV.

If you find yourself often needing to haul stuff or people around, this is the vehicle for you. While some brands might opt for a more utilitarian design, the Sportage is sporty without being drab, and is still tons of fun to drive.

The Kia Forte

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The Kia Forte is routinely among the cars listed as being the best for those just starting out in their careers—and for good reason. It’s stylish, there are plenty of different color options, which makes it customizable, and it gets great gas mileage. It is also less expensive than most other vehicles, starting at just under $16,000, which makes it much more accessible than even the cheapest sedans from most other brands.

The Forte has a lot going for it. Despite its relatively small size, it still has a roomy interior, a high quality infotainment system, and a sporty design that makes it a great choice for someone who does not want a sedan that looks like something their mother would drive. One of the best reason to pick a vehicle like this is to be able to get more vehicle for a lower price. The low entry price makes it possible to upgrade to a higher trim level and get more features, while still paying less than you would for other vehicles.

The Kia Rio

The smallest and least expensive vehicle in Kia’s lineup, the Rio still has plenty to offer. Not only does it have a combined MPG of thirty-one, it starts at just over $14,000. You cannot find a sedan, even a sub-compact, from any other brand, at that price. They just don’t exist. If you need a car and you want to buy a new car, but you can’t find anything that is affordably priced, this is a great alternative. You will be looking at very low monthly payments, or a shorter payment track, giving you the flexibility to pay off your vehicle quickly.

The Rio comes in two different configurations. There is the standard Rio, which has four doors, and the Rio 5-door, which is essentially the same as its four-doored alternative, except that it is a hatchback. This gives the Rio an even sportier appearance.

The Optima Hybrid

Last, but not least is the Optima Hybrid. It looks almost exactly like the Optima, but it has one important improvement: gets a combined MPG of thirty-eight. This means that if you have a long commute or you just want to protect the environment, you could seriously reduce your impact on the environment, simply by buying this vehicle.

What is especially impressive about this option, is that, despite being a Hybrid, it is still reasonable priced, starting at just under $26,000. This is not a price point you are going to be able to find from most other brands. If you want to purchase a vehicle that protects the environment or allows you to use less gas, you are probably going to see yourself with few options that start under $30,000. Kia does it and provides with a stylish, eco-friendly option that any young professional would be proud to drive.

Which Kia Sedan Is Right for You?

Kia has a wider variety of sedans and compacts than most other brands. When step on to the lots of other brand’s dealerships, you’ll find two, maybe three different kinds of sedans. Kia has nine different kinds of sedans and compacts, making it easy for someone looking for something very specific to find that thing, but more difficult for someone who is not yet quite sure what they are looking for to find the right vehicle for their needs. Out of the wide variety of sedans and compacts, which one is right for you? Here is a brief overview of all the sedans you can find at our New Jersey Kia dealership:

Optima

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The Optima is often considered to be the flagship of Kia’s offerings. It’s one of the most popular and definitely one of the most versatile vehicles on the road. Starting at just over $21,000, there are lots of options for those that both want a great car and want to save on monthly payments. With a combined MPG of thirty, it is gets you where you need or want to go, efficiently. The Optima is the third most efficient vehicle in Kia’s entire lineup, and there are plenty of colors to choose from, too.

Cadenza

The Cadenza is a jump in price, but it’s also a jump in quality. Starting at around $33,000, this is one of two luxury offerings that Kia provides. The Cadenza has a sharp, clean look, and is perfect for young professionals or small families that want something truly stylish to get around it. At twenty-two miles to the gallon, it is still very efficient, and has great safety ratings.

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At the very top of Kia’s lineup is the K900. This vehicle is packed to the brim with luxurious touches. It has the best technology and styling, and plenty of legroom in both the front and back seats. It is designed to be perfectly aerodynamic and to have one of the quietest rides of all cars on the road. Sleek, there are few vehicles on the road that can rival it. It starts at $49,000, and for good reason. The advanced safety features and stunning design make it a great prestige vehicle for anyone looking for something with both style and power.

Forte

Moving on from the sedans, we have the compacts. The Forte is the first and perhaps most popular of the compacts, starting at around $16,000. At thirty-one miles per gallon, it is also the second most efficient of Kia’s sedan and compact line, beat out only by the Optima Hybrid. The Forte has sporty styling, with the modern, aggressive Kia grill. While it may be less expensive than the Optima, Cadenza, and K900, it definitely doesn’t lack when it comes to luxury. This vehicle has plenty of great features standards, and a variety of trim levels that make it even more attractive.

Forte5

If you prefer a five-door vehicle, this variation on the Forte provides just that. It is a little bit larger, which makes it a little bit more expensive and reduces its gas mileage a little. It starts at just over $18,000 and has a combined miles per gallon of twenty-eight. The five door design gives you a little more cargo room, but it’s the styling that most people are after. It has the look of a hatchback, without sacrificing two doors as most designs do.

Forte Coup

The Forte Coup starts at $18,590 (2016), and definitely kicks things up a notch when it comes to style and power. If you want the sports car experience, without having to pay the sports car price, this is an excellent alternative. It boasts a turbo-charged engine and a two-door design that makes it sleeker and more stylish than just about anything else Kia has to offer. It does all of this without losing the high safety ratings that it shares with the other Fortes.

Rio

The Rio may be the least expensive vehicle in most Kia dealerships, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have anything to offer. It starts at just $14,165 (2016), and, like the Forte, gets thirty-one combined miles per gallon. That makes it extremely efficient, while also having plenty of power. The small size is perfect for first-time car buyers, small families, and commuters, and it looks great on the road. There are three trim levels to choose from, if you want extra technology. All safety features come standard!

Rio 5-Door

There is also a five-door version of the Rio. The differences between the Rio and the Rio 5-Door are largely cosmetic—they share the same direct injection engine that gives these little cars some zip, and they have all of the same safety features. And come in all the same colors. What the five door does have, however, is that fifth door, which gives the vehicle the hatchback appearance that some might be willing to pay a little extra for.

Optima Hybrid

Last, but not least, is the Optima Hybrid. It has everything that the Optima does, except that it is a hybrid. At thirty-eight combined miles per gallon, it is the most efficient of the sedan and compact options, while still being extremely affordable. It starts at just under $26,000, and comes with all of the same technology and luxury that the original Optima does. If you want a vehicle that is as affordable as it is environmentally friendly, this is probably the one you want.

Looking at a Chevy Cruze? Try a Kia Optima, Rio, or Forte

Kia Forte Vs Chevy Cruze

It would be ridiculous to say that Kia is the only company that makes high-quality cars. You already know that there are plenty of other manufacturers that put serious time and detail into their vehicles. If we didn’t believe other brands made great cars, we wouldn’t buy them off of our customers and sell them on our used lot. We also find, however, many buyers come to Burlington Kia and Turnersville Kia wanting to know how our vehicles compare to another brand’s and why they should choose ours instead of another brand’s.

If you’ve stopped by Chevy’s webpage or their lot to look at their sedans and compacts, here is a detailed comparison of Kia’s models of the same size and in the same price range.

Kia Optima vs. Chevy Cruze

The Cruze does start off at a lower price point, though Chevy’s basic “LS” model does lack some of the features that Kia’s basic package on the Optima will offer. For example, cruise control is not available in the lowest trim options for the Cruze, but is standard on all Optima trims, even the most basic version. In order to get some of the more basic features with Chevy, you will have to bump up to the second or third trim, which puts the prices of this vehicle on par with the Optima.

There’s also something to be said, we think, for a company that offers its buyers a standard trim package that puts their vehicle in the 21st Century. Both Chevy and Ford remove cruise control and power windows from many of their lower trim packages and require the buyer to bump up to the next highest trim in order to get those necessary features.

The Optima also has more color choices to choose from, both for the exterior and interior of the vehicle. While Chevy is always expanding their color options, Kia now has more options for the buyer looking for a specific color, both inside and outside the vehicle.

Chevy does beat Kia when it comes to gas mileage, due to the Eco-Boost engines, but these engines are not standard in the Cruze, which means that the car you will likely be purchasing will not have the advertised 42 combined mpg, but will instead have fuel economy more in the low 30s. The Optima has a combined 27 mpg, which isn’t Kia’s best mileage, but will definitely help you save at the pump compared to many other vehicles.

Kia Rio vs. Chevy Cruze

Like the Optima, the Kia Rio has Cruze beat when it comes to what’s included in a standard package. While the Rio is technically a compact, which some people would think doesn’t necessarily put it in the same category, it is comparatively sized and priced, which makes it a great alternative for buyers who come to our lot looking for something similar to the Cruze.

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Where the Rio has Chevy beat is both in price and combined MPG. The Rio starts at just under $14,000, which makes it the ideal option for someone looking for a functional little sedan for running errands or commuting. Because its starting price is so low, many buyers choose to spring for a higher trim package, which makes this car even more functional, including benefits like a backup camera and an even more powerful engine.

The Kia Rio also offers 37 highway mpg and incredible safety ratings, which makes it a great buy, despite what other vehicles you might be looking at. The Rio is definitely one of Kia’s best values, and especially for first-time car buyers who are wary of locking themselves into car payments for the long-term, this lower-priced option can be a great way to get a beautiful, reliable vehicle (with one of the best warranties on the market), without having to get financing for $25,000.

Kia Forte vs. Chevy Cruze

In between the Rio and the Optima in Kia’s lineup is the Forte. Starting just shy of $16,000, this compact car is often the first our salespeople will point out when someone tells us they’ve been over to Chevrolet and seen the Cruze. They start out at similar prices and have many of the same features. Of course, like all Kia cars, the basic trim package will have more of the most essential features than Chevy’s L or LS trim can provide for the Cruze.

A combined 31 mpg put the Forte nose to nose with the Cruze when it comes to gas mileage, and while there are limited color options for the Forte, most buyers find that they can find a paint color they like, especially if they choose the EX trim (which has far more options than the LX).

The Bottom Line

It’s important to shop around when you are looking for a car. If you’ve settled on a sedan, you are probably looking at all of the sedans that both we and our competitors offer. It’s important to remember that while shopping around is great, you shouldn’t let flashy deals blind you to the aspects of car buying that are actually important. For reliable, beautiful vehicles, Kia is definitely one of the best options. We have a wide variety of sedans and compacts to choose from that are competitively priced, so it’s easy to get the car you want.

Every brand’s selection of vehicles will have their own positive and negative aspects. We think that Kia is the best not only because of their high-quality cars, but also because of the excellent warranties they offer their drivers. So, if you’ve looked at the Chevy Cruze, it’s time to stop by our New Jersey Kia dealership and see the Optima, Rio, and Forte.

Best Kia Vehicles for Commuters

 

Whether you live in the suburbs and commute in to the city every morning for work or you live across town from your job, commuting is a part of your everyday life; if not your everyday life, then at least five days out of the week.

While there are always plenty of public transportation options, nothing gives you the freedom of your own car, enabling you to arrive at work exactly when you want to and leave when your day is through—without having to wait on a platform or at a bus stop. The long daily drive, however, means that you have very particular car needs. If it’s time to look into a new commuting vehicle, here are the best Kia vehicles for commuters:

Rio

One of the smallest cars in Kia’s lineup, the Kia Rio also has one of the best combined miles per gallon out of all of their cars. The small size may be a negative for some drivers, especially carpoolers, but those who commute solo will appreciate the zip and the maneuverability of driving a smaller car. Plus, if you have to park in a parking structure or lot with limited spaces, you might often find that the compact spots are the only ones left—and your Rio will fit perfectly.

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Starting at just over $14,000, it’s a great choice for young professionals just starting out or for those who don’t want a car with a lot of flash and bang, but still runs great. The great interior and sound system will make commuting a breeze, even if you end up stuck in rush hour traffic—which is another place that high mpg will come in handy. With both four door and five door models and a variety of colors to choose from, the Rio is definitely a great option for commuters.

Forte

The Forte is another compact car, with thirty-one miles to the gallon, just like the Rio. A little bit bigger, with more features, the Forte has plenty to offer a driver that is going to spend a lot of time in its interior. One of the areas where Kia really excels is in producing cars that are extremely maneuverable and safe to drive. Those who spend an hour or more in their cars every day want exactly those two features—you want to be able to avoid accidents or to be protected if one is not avoidable.

The Forte also comes in a range of colors and with a slightly higher-end interior and build, which makes it a great middle-of-the-road car for someone who still doesn’t want to spend $30,000 on a luxury vehicle. Starting at just under $16,000, this vehicle is a great option for those who have to be on the road for a large chunk of their days.

Soul EV

While the Kia Soul is a good option for commuters, especially those that want a car unlike anything that anyone else is going to have on the road, the Soul EV is a unique option for those that want to make their commute very environmentally friendly. The EV stands for Electronic Vehicle—the Soul EV is completely gas-free. While it might not be the right option for every commute (especially the commuter who does not have somewhere to charge the car while in the office), it can be an excellent choice for someone who has to drive twenty-miles each way to and from work and doesn’t want to add to the growing pollution problem.

Kia Soul EV

The Soul EV can go 105 miles before it needs a charge, so if there is the likelihood of being stuck in rush hour traffic for a few hours, this electronic vehicle might not be the best choice. However, if your commute is usually smooth and you want to eliminate your carbon emissions entirely, the Soul EV is the way to go.

Optima

The Optima is the most well-known and well-loved car in Kia’s lineup, and for good reason. With twenty-seven miles to the gallon and a high-end interior, it’s a great option for someone who is going to be logging five or more hours a week just in getting to and from work. When driving to work is a necessity, you absolutely need a car with great gas mileage, and this makes Optima a great choice.

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The 2015 stars north of $20,000, but for upgraded features and interior, it’s definitely worth a little more, too. Definitely one of the highest-quality cars in the entire selection, this car makes a great choice for a commuter who wants to bridge the gap between a sensible sedan and a luxury vehicle. There’s also a hybrid version, starting around $26,000.

Sportage

Many commuters don’t commute alone, and for those that are carpoolers as well as commuters, the Sportage is a great option. The cheapest crossover in Kia’s selection of vehicles, with a combined miles per gallon of twenty-four, it’s easy to see why there’s been so much hype around this vehicle. It also has many of the luxury accents present in the other vehicles, and the size makes it perfect for hauling one, two, or even four coworkers along with you. Carpooling is a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road and fight pollution, and it can also make a long car ride less dull!

Bottom Line

The right commuting vehicle for you will be the one that ticks all of your boxes. Do you want something small and sporty with great gas mileage? Do you want something that doesn’t use gas at all? How about a great carpooling car? Something more luxurious? Decide what features matter most to you and then pick the Kia that best fills those needs.

Which Kia Is Right for Me?

Kia Soul EVWith so many different models to choose from, it can be difficult, especially for first time buyers, to find the Kia that is perfectly right for their needs and life. While coming to the dealership and sitting in and test driving the different vehicles is the best way to figure out which vehicle is for you, getting an idea of each model beforehand can help you narrow down your choices. Here are Kia’s models and some basic information about each to help you decide which you want to test drive.

Kia Optima

Starting at $21,690, the Kia Optima is definitely one of the more popular choices among buyers. It has the right features, at the right price point to make it a common pick. With 27 combined miles per gallon, it can help a buyer save money on gas. Available in a range of colors, with a range of different trim packages, a very basic model still looks expensive, while a tricked-out Optima can rival vehicles from luxury manufacturers.

Kia Cadenza

Starting out at $34,900, this sedan has a combined miles per gallon of 22. This car’s draw is power and style. Available in a range of deep luxurious colors and with premium interior materials, the Cadenza is a great pick for anyone look for a mid-priced luxury sedan.

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Kia K900

The $54,500 K900 is Kia’s answer to the luxury sedan. Solidly built to be responsive and safe to drive, the K900 is a great option for anyone looking for a vehicle that is as great for running errands as it is for picking up your boss for a client dinner.

Kia Sorento

What’s great about the Kia Sorento is not just its price, but its style and excellent MPG. Buyers with family or friends that often find themselves driving around like the Sorento because it has plenty of leg room and storage space, so even long road trips are comfortable. It’s somewhere in between a minivan and a crossover, so it can get you where you need to go, without everyone feeling crammed into a small space. This vehicle is perfect for anyone who needs more space than a sedan can offer.

Kia Sedona

Though the Sedona is the only minivan in Kia’s lineup, it’s definitely one of the best minivans on the road today. Affordable, with plenty of storage space and seating for the whole family and all of their book bags or luggage, the Sedona goes where you need it to go and does what you need it to do.

Kia Soul

One of Kia’s most unique offerings, this crossover starts at just $15,190. While it is not the least expensive vehicle on the list, it does have 26 combined mpg, and the shape and colors available for this vehicle make it one of a kind. Anyone looking for something truly unique will love the Kia Soul.

Kia Sportage

The Sportage, starting at just $21,900, is popular amongst buyers who want a rugged, inexpensive, but still luxurious vehicle that is as reliable as it is sporty. The trim options make it possible to transform this vehicle into the ultimate camping machine or into a useful and elegant commuting car.

Kia Rio

Kia is one of the only car manufacturers to have both a complete line of sedans and a complete line of compacts. The Rio is available in both the four and five door models, and because it is starting at just $13,990 and has 31 combined mpg, this is a popular pick for first-time buyers or just someone that wants an inexpensive, reliable, stylish car that gest them where they need to go. Most drivers report both the four and five door models as being responsive, zippy cars, with great maneuverability. Smaller than the sedans, this Rio might not be ideal for buyers who often need to drive around more than three other people.

Kia Forte

The Kia Forte rivals the Rio for gas mileage, but is a little bit bigger and has a few more features. There are two other versions of the Forte available, including the Forte5, and the Forte Koup, both of which have even more features than just the base model. These cars are designed to turn on a dime, follow instruction, and have lots of safety features that make them perfect for young and old drivers alike.

Kia Optima Hybrid

While most manufacturers are now offering a hybrid model, none are offering a hybrid starting at just $26,000. The hybrid version of the Optima gets up to 38 combined mpg and comes with all the same features as the non-hybrid Optima. It’s an ideal pick for anyone looking to save money on gas and lessen their impact on the environment.

Kia Soul EV

Kia is one of the only manufacturers to have a commercially available, completely electricity powered vehicle. The Soul EV looks and acts just like a Soul, but because it is powered just by electricity, not by gas, it is the most environmentally friendly choice.

Which One Is Right for Me?

It’s easy to get caught up in the design and flash of buying a new car. Having too many choices can leave you stymied. In order to narrow down your choices, think about what you are going to use this vehicle for. Are you going to use it just to commute to and from work? To errands around town? To road trip during the summer? To drive around your friends and family? The more space you need, the larger the vehicle should be, like a SUV or crossover.

However, if you just want something small and manageable, at a great price, a sedan or compact is likely going to be a better choice.

2014 Kia Forte & Ford Focus Vehicle Comparison

Sedan-style vehicles are very desirable for drivers that want a car that looks great but also offers comfort and practicality. If you are in the market for a new sedan, two top options are the 2014 Kia Forte LX and the 2014 Ford Focus S. To decide which of these automobiles works best for your requirements, look at what each of them offers and then compare them both to decide on the ride that is best for your particular needs and tastes.

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2014 Kia Forte LX

Kia is a Korean automobile manufacturer that has been gaining ground in the United States in recent years. The Forte is a staple of Kia’s car lineup today. For 2014, the Forte received a total makeover that makes the vehicle longer, wider, and taller, and incorporates a sleeker look on the sides and front.

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2014 Ford Focus S

Ford has a very long history with drivers, especially in the United States. Its Focus has been around since the late 90s and has sold well all over the world. In the 2014 model year, not much has changed other than a few additional technological features, in part because the Focus was re-done in 2012 and will receive a facelift for 2015.

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Exterior Features Compared

When looking at the features on the outside of the 2014 Ford Focus and 2014 Kia Forte, both cars have some excellent offerings for drivers. Both cars offer front and rear all-season tires to help improve traction and steering. However, only the Forte comes with a remote trunk release feature. The Forte also has a wider front track width at 61.5” compared to 61.2” on the Focus.

Interior Features Compared

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Both of these cars have interior features that are found on many modern cars like variable speed intermittent wipers, auxiliary audio inputs, and an adjustable steering wheel. However, the 2014 Kia Forte LX has several amenities not found on the 2014 Focus S including satellite radio, a trip computer, and Bluetooth connectivity for a mobile phone. These features help drivers do more with their vehicle and enjoy a smoother, more relaxing ride.

Warranty Coverage

Having a thorough warranty is important in case you need work done on your vehicle. The 2014 Kia Forte LX has a better basic warranty than the 2014 Ford Focus S, offering five years of coverage compared to just three years from Ford. The drivetrain warranty on the 2014 Forte is also better, with ten years and 100,000 miles compared to only five years and 60,000 miles on the 2014 Focus.

Vehicle Dimensions

The size of your vehicle has a big impact on how enjoyable the ride is. When it comes to measuring interior space, the 2014 Forte LX has the advantage in several areas. The Forte has more overall passenger volume at 96.2 cubic feet compared to 90.7 cubic feet on the Focus. The Forte also has more front leg room, with 42.2” compared to 41.9” found on the Focus. For those that plan on taking trips in their vehicles, the Forte has a bigger trunk that provides 14.9 cubic feet of volume compared to just 13.2 cubic feet on the Focus.

Conclusion

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The 2014 Ford Focus S and the 2014 Kia Forte LX both have some exciting new features for buyers. However, the Forte is the better overall vehicle because of its more thorough warranty, larger dimensions, and greater array of interior and technological features. Visit your local Kia dealer to take the Kia Forte in South Jersey for a spin and see for yourself why it has won over so many sedan enthusiasts.

 

2014 Kia Optima & Kia Forte Vehicle Comparison – Which Sedan is for you?

It’s wise to do your research before purchasing a new car. By knowing exactly what you want, you can save time and money when you get to the dealership. If you have your mind set on a Kia, you have several fine options to select from. Two of the most popular 2014 Kia sedans are the Optima and the Forte. Compare the top features of each to help you decide which one is right for you.

2014 Kia Optima

2014 Kia Optima NJ

2014 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima comes standard with a four-cylinder 192 horsepower engine capable of achieving 23/34 city/highway mpg. The optional turbocharged engine offers 274 horsepower and 20/31 city/highway mpg. The Optima’s athletic get up and go makes it very fun to drive, and the powerful brakes give the driver full control of the vehicle.

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The driver and passenger seats are well-designed for tall riders, though the sloping roof is a little too close for comfort in the back seat for tall passengers. There’s plenty of trunk space for daily hauling needs. Standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth, cooling glove box, auxiliary input and USB port. Several available upscale amenities make the Optima feel as luxurious as a more expensive sedan, such as the heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, cooled front seats, and heated front and rear seats. Other add-ons include power-folding mirrors, panoramic sunroof, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, HD radio, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone climate controls, electronic parking brake and back-seat vents.

2014 Kia Optima Interior NJ

2014 Kia Optima Interior

The Optima boasts exceptional safety ratings, achieving five starts in rollover, side crash and frontal crash for an overall five-star rating. Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS, brake assist, traction control, child safety locks, electronic stability control and integrated turn signal mirrors. Optional safety add-ons include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, cross traffic alert and blind spot detection.

2014 Kia Forte

2014 Kia Forte NJ

2014 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte features a standard four-cylinder 148 horsepower engine delivering 25/36 city/highway mpg. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, though an automatic transmission is also available. A more powerful 173 horsepower engine with 24/36 city/highway mpg is another option. Both engines have enough power for daily driving needs, though driving the Forte doesn’t feel particularly athletic.

Some interior materials are hard to the touch, but they feel sturdy, not cheap. All five of the Forte’s seats are very comfortable on long drives, and the sedan boasts one of the largest trunks in its class. Bluetooth, auxiliary input and USB ports come standard. Optional upgrades include heated front and rear seats, ventilated driver’s seat, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, HD radio and dual climate control.

2014 Kia Forte Interior NJ

2014 Kia Forte Interior

The Forte’s safety ratings are average with an overall four-star rating. Along with the standard safety features – four-wheel ABS, brake assist, traction control, child safety locks, electronic stability control and integrated turn signal mirrors – there’s also the optional backup camera to further enhance safety.

How They Compare

The first major comparison you need to make is the price. The Kia Optima’s starting price is just under the cost for the highest trim available with the Kia Forte. With this in mind, the Optima offers far more luxury features and a more powerful engine, but the Forte still has plenty to offer. If you’re working with a tighter budget, the interior comfort, large trunk, intuitive dashboard controls and other features of the Forte are sure to please.

To experience both of these exceptional Kia sedans in person, please visit Burlington Kia and test drive them today.

2014 Kia Forte Trims – Which is for you?

The Kia Forte made its North American debut in model year 2009, introducing the concept of a truly compact car unlimited by design layouts; it could be bought as a two-door coupé, a four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback. All are front engine, front-wheel drive cars.

2014 Kia Forte Trims NJ

2014 Kia Forte Trims

The first generation was sold until 2013, perfectly suiting its target market (which Kia executives had described as a younger crowd, more interested in racier, sleeker designs). The second generation, available for the 2014 model year, was entirely redesigned, inside and out (although still offering the same three body styles). A longer and wider, lower stance improved both aesthetics and performance while at the same time, both new engines – a 1.8-liter four-cylinder producing 148 horsepower, and a two-liter upping the ponies to 173 hp – actually increased fuel efficiency. This was a combination that couldn’t fail when fuel prices seemed to be following an endlessly upward curve.

Across the Range

All 2014 Kia Fortes boast front-end LED positioning lights (LEDs are also available for the rear as an option), comprehensive steering wheel-mounted controls, an updated airbag system along with active head restraints.

Trim Levels

Forte is available in two basic trim levels; LX and EX.

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2014 Kia Forte LX & Kia Forte EX NJ

2014 Kia Forte LX & Kia Forte EX

Kia Forte LX:

  • 1.8-liter gas engine, developing 148 horsepower and delivering 25 MPG city, 37 highway
  • Projector Beam Headlights
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Kia Forte EX:

  • 2.0-liter, 173 horsepower engine that still sips at the gas, giving 24 city, 36 highway
  • LED Positioning Lights
  • Microsoft’s UVO eServices Infotainment System
  • Rear Camera Display

Two very special editions are also available.

Kia Forte5 SX

2014 Kia Forte5 NJ

2014 Kia Forte5

Also heavily redesigned for 2014, the Forte5 is Kia’s first real try at attracting the hot-hatch audience. Performance figures for the entry-level model are reported as:

  • 7.5 seconds to 60 mph
  • 15.7 seconds quarter-mile (terminal 89 mph)

Wheelbase under the new model is two inches longer than hitherto, but the use of more high-strength steel reduces the need for structural metal, so vehicular mass is largely unaffected.

The Forte5’s highest performance version is the SX, which runs a 1.6-liter turbo-charged four-cylinder engine that’s entirely new to Kia’s North American inventory. This volunteers some pretty substantial enhancements:

  • 201 horsepower (the 2013 naturally-aspirated 2.4-liter only developed 173)
  • 195 lb-ft of torque (the previous incarnation maxed out at 168)

Sold with a standard six-speed manual and an optional six-speed automatic transmission, the front-strut/rear-torsion-beam suspension has also been uprated, hydraulic steering has been replaced by an electrical installation, and the driver has a choice of ‘Normal,’ ‘Comfort,’ and ‘Sport’ boost settings on the turbo.

Kia Forte Koup

2014 Kia Forte Koup NJ

2014 Kia Forte Koup

Koup is Kia-speak for ‘coupe,’ a sporty complement to the range’s more staid sedan and five-door hatches.

Two-door coupes are becoming increasingly rare in the compact car segment, but Kia isn’t relying on that to stand out. Making far more of the head and taillights than did the pre-revamp design and eschewing the oddly contorted grille gracing its stable-mate sedan, the Kia Forte Koup is a very attractive car.

Two engines are available (both four-cylinder):

  • A naturally-aspirated, direct-injection two-liter is standard, developing 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque
  • The Koup SX uses the direct-injected 1.6-liter Gamma-family turbo, harnessing 201 horses and serving up 195 lb-ft of torque

The turbocharged edition also has an uprated braking set-up.

Burlington Kia

2014 Kia Forte Burlington NJ

2014 Kia Forte

Drivers on both sides of the Delaware River, anywhere in the Interstate 95/295/276 triangle, should get down to 7 U.S. 130, Burlington, New Jersey, where Burlington Kia hold a massive inventory of all models in most trim levels. Test drive the Kia Forte in NJ at Burlington Kia!

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2014 Kia Forte – Best New Compact Sedan

2014 Kia Forte NJ

2014 Kia Forte Trims

Kia has made great strides in the recent years. This is evident in their production of quality cars that top their segments. Industry experts and buyers alike are appreciating KIA vehicles more. This can be attributed to the fact that KIA models are comfortable, packed with lots of modern features and are reliable. Their designs are outright genius and unique, making these sedans trendsetters in the industry.

The success of the Kia brand has seen heavy investment in both production and distribution. Recently, Kia motors opened up shop in West Point, Georgia, their first assembly plant in the US. It is at this plant where the Optima and the Sorento, two of Kia’s leading brands, are manufactured. The success of the two brands is replicated in the compact sedan car segment with the Kia Forte.

Overview of the Kia Forte

2014 Kia Forte NJ

2014 Kia Forte

Acclaimed for its revolutionary design, the Kia Forte has been nominated for several awards as the best compact sedan. This is not just a fad. The vehicle is built with comfort and performance in mind. For a compact sedan, the Forte has raised the bar thanks to its features that are normally associated with high end cars. The exterior is bold and sleek and is bound to turn heads on the road.

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2014 Kia Forte Interior

The 2014 Kia Forte is large than it is predecessor and hence it has a spacious cabin. A larger cabin means more comfort, and this is especially demonstrated by the ample legroom on the back seat. The Forte is not just a beauty; it has the performance to match and is as comfortable as it gets with a compact sedan.

The Forte is Winning

The 2014 Kia Forte is to be announced as the “best compact sedan car” later this year after emerging tops and beating five other nominated cars. This will be another award bagged by the 2014 Forte having earned top honors in previous compact sedan challenges. Evidently, Kia Motors has struck gold with the European inspired Forte! It is a compact sedan that puts it rivals to shame and back to the drawing board.

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US EPA Certified SmartWay

US EPA Certified SmartWay

The 2014 Kia Forte is not only winning awards but has also won praise and accolades from respected industry experts. Recently, a renowned executive heaped praise on the Forte, terming it a sleek sedan built for performance and packed with premium features. He further stated that the model has revolutionized the way people think about compact sedans. With the Forte, no longer is a compact sedan thought of as a boring ride. The fan base for the Forte is ever-increasing; a clear indication that all the praise is not for nothing.

With a strong brand such as the 2014 Forte, Kia Motors is sure of maintaining its upward trend in sales. The company is one of three manufacturers that have recorded tremendous growth in the last few years. Their European-inspired designs seem to have struck a chord with car buyers as sales of the brands has been steadily rising. Active brand lines have also endeared many to the Kia brand as each year sees improvement and refinement of their existing brands. Several SUVs have been produced that further cement Kia’s leadership in the market. The brands include the Optima, the Rio, the Cadenza, the Sportage, and the Soul. These models are distributed under Kia Motors America (KMA).

Kia Dealer

Burlington KIA Dealership

Burlington Kia Dealership

KMA has an extensive dealership network that spans over 700 outlets throughout the US. Kia is a promising brand that will not be letting up anytime soon on the contrary their innovations and development will cement their position in the vehicle industry. To see the Kia Forte in NJ, visit Burlington Kia. Our expert staff can answer all Kia Forte related questions you have and will get you behind the wheel for a test drive.

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