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2014 Kia Forte Wins Compact Car Challenge

A recent study conducted by Cars.com, USA TODAY, and Motor Week Challenge pitted seven budget-friendly compact cars against one another to find out which is the best compact car under $20,000. The winner — the 2014 Kia Forte. Thanks to its robust warranty package, top safety ratings, outstanding fuel-economy, and sleek styling, the 2014 Kia Forte LX scored 780 out of 1,000 points as it outperformed competitors like the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla.

With a full redesign for 2014, the Kia Forte became lower, longer, and wider for the new model year. New interior features like standard Bluetooth connectivity and an iPod interface also made their way into the 2014 Kia Forte, certainly contributing to its status as the best compact car under $20,000.

2014 Kia Forte Wins Compact Car Challenge

In the study, each compact car had to meet certain criteria — a price cap of $20,000 with shipping and an EPA combined fuel-economy rating of at least 28 miles per gallon. The seven qualifying cars were put through three days of testing by a panel of automotive experts and a consumer judge. Those tests included a 200-mile route with rotating drivers, back-to-back driving experience comparisons, and the consumer judge driving each car after a briefing from the expert judges.

One of the assets judges pointed to was the practical Eco Mode that helps drivers save gas by optimizing components and limiting high fuel-consumption driving practices. Others directed their attention to the exterior styling, which was one of the Forte’s most glaring advantages. In a segment of conservatively styled cars, the 2014 Kia Forte stands out with a sporty stance and a sleek profile. Overall, the judges appreciated the well-rounded package that combines form and function as the panel named the 2014 Kia Forte the Best Car Under $20,000. Visit Bill Jacobs Kia and experience the budget-friendly Kia Forte near Chicago, IL.