By Staff Contributor.
It can’t be denied that the big news at the Kia stand was definitely the all-new 2014 Forte compact sedan which had always remained a beat behind the Civic, Elantra and Cruze due to the use of less advanced powertrains and an overall style that was best described as dowdy. Clearly, the old Forte was not a real Kia driven by imaginary hamsters because the new version is very much a child of the Optima, Soul and Rio although from some angles it looks awkward albeit much like your average middle child in a family.
The interior of the 2014 Forte is much, much roomier and more stylish with a 1.8 liter 4-cylinder coming standard with LX models and a more potent 2.0 liter coming with uplevel EX trim. If nothing else, the Forte should give the class a new competitor ready to battle in a market segment bursting at the seams with excellent automotive options. Really, it has never been so good to be a person who wants a compact, fuel efficient and inexpensive new car.
Now, since the Sorento family SUV wasn’t in need of much tinkering from our perspective the last time we road tested one but according to Kia that still wasn’t good enough. Perhaps with some newfound rivalry from the Hyundai Santa Fe, the 2014 Kia Sorento has splashy looking new tail lamps, a new grille, upgraded leather used in the interior and a revised center dashboard stack that looks more upscale. Overall, the changes are nice in the 2014 Sorento but not needed.