When a friend and I took off for the Becoming Conference last month, we hit the road in style in a blue 2014 Kia Forte—Abyss Blue, to be exact, which my son declared surely the finest shade for a car. This is my fourth Kia to test drive and I’ve been nothing but impressed.


The Forte doesn’t skimp on space. Not only is the interior spacious, but the trunk as well.

I speak about using your photography to decorate your home at the Becoming Conference, and empty the walls in our home of artwork to display in my sessions. The backseats fold flat—together or separately—enabling me to transport a photo easel that’s taller than I am; our Instagallery (a substantial piece); a 30″ x 40″ canvas; and an assortment of framed prints and canvases.


One of my favorite features is the volume control on the steering wheel. It’s handy if you travel with kids who try to hijack the radio.


I synced my iPhone with the car using the panel that displays radio, GPS/routing, CD, and media information. It quickly downloaded my contacts and I was able to make and answer phone calls using either controls displayed there or on the steering wheel. The mic is in the roof above the driver’s head, easy for hands-free conversations while driving, a safety plus.

My phone synced via bluetooth, both for phone calls and playing music. The satellite radio rocks. I’m partial to the 80s and Frank Sinatra channels.



My girls have grown up riding in a 15-passenger van, so even sitting next to windows that roll down is a treat. The sunroof made them deliriously happy.


Looking around, I see Kias everywhere. It’s no wonder: they’re attractive, fuel efficient, and packed with some seriously sweet features. The 2014 Forte averages 25 MPG city and 36 MPG highway.

I highly recommend the Forte if you’re in the market for a new car: easy on the eyes and light on the wallet.

Thank you, Kia, for making our trip so comfortable and fun!

Disclosure: The Kia Forte was provided to me for a week to review.

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