Why does everybody want a sedan? I don’t get it, especially when a 5-door hatchback like the 2014 Kia Forte5 is so dang practical. Heck, this Kia is even stylish, especially in turbocharged SX trim. Yet small car buyers overwhelmingly choose a common 4-door sedan body style when selecting an affordable and fuel-efficient set of wheels. They don’t know what they’re missing.
Kia and its corporate sibling Hyundai are the only car companies to sell compact cars in 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 5-door hatchback configurations, ensuring that the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra offer something for everyone. The Forte5 is Kia’s hatchback, and it goes head-to-head with the Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Golf.
Having spent a week with the SX model, which is equipped with the exact engine that it needs, I would have no reservations about recommending one, with a single significant exception.