Denver consumers have a lot of choices in the compact car segment. The Forte SX now gives Denver driving enthusiast’s options in the sports compact arena. Combined with the extra horsepower, and the SX model’s sport-tuned suspension, it makes for a night-and-day difference over the standard models.
In real world driving, the SX has enough power to handle most driving situations here in Denver. The six-speed automatic provides swift downshifts when needed and holds gears when it should. At 70 mph the engine is turning just 2,100 rpm thanks to that tall 6th gear, so cabin noise is fairly quiet while cruising on I-25. The EPA estimates for the more powerful Forte SX are 23 mpg city/32 mpg highway with the new six-speed automatic.
The SX sport suspension is where you can feel the biggest difference. Running through the winding mountain roads west of Denver, the SX was fun to fling around corners with its quick, precise steering, generous grip and well-planted chassis. Without a doubt, the Forte SX is one of the more enjoyable fun-to-drive compacts out there.
Overall, the Kia Forte SX five-door offers solid performance, quality construction, and a comfortable cabin that can be outfitted with a number of desirable luxury features. The SX sport suspension is firm and will give driving enthusiasts a fun experience.
Besides the fuel mileage, there is little to complain about the Forte SX in the compact hatchback class. It’s a stylish, sporty car, with few flaws. It offers class-leading cabin and cargo space, sporty handling, performance, and still at a good price to be competitive.