2011 Kia Forte: While the G8 had been one damn fine, if troubled, automobile, the time had come for a return to
the sensible, or more importantly, cheap. That did not mean, however, that the gas light cap would continually go off, something that plagued the G8 and xB before it. No, the Forte would join the Saturn sedan as being a reliable and dull A to B transport that I really could not complain about.
On notable difference: this was my first lease. Kia runs some damn fine lease deals, and with their 10-year bumper-to-bumper warranty, it’s hard not to take advantage. Plus, my wife had been a Kia owner since 2006, so the reliability and customer service were well known.
I don’t this model, the 5-door hatchback, sold very well, at least not in Central Ohio as far as I can tell. I only saw maybe one or two other similar Fortes around the area, whereas I still see G8’s and original body-style xB’s all over the place.
I have no true complaints regarding the Forte, the first in many cars, but that still did not tempt us to keep it past the lease. Once a kid is in the picture, size can matter for long road trips, so while the Forte served us well, it’s time was eventually up.