2010 Kia Forte SX Review
There’s one serious issue we have with the high-performance SX version of Kia’s cool new Forte that keeps us from recommending it. That flaw, by all accounts a tragic flaw, is the car’s suspension.
Several months back we tested the EX model and noted that the car has a rather obvious issue with soaking up road imperfections. The SX model amplifies this problem due to a nice set of 17-inch wheels and 215/45/17 tires. We have to lay the blame with the lower profile sidewall on the tires and the stiffer sports suspension.
As a result of this you feel every tiny crack in the road and more sizeable potholes will be giving you nightmares for weeks. The problem is compounded by the car’s rather archaic torsion beam rear end – although other cars like the Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra use this setup without such issues. If you’re unlucky enough (as we were) to come across a longer stretch of bad road, the two vehicle traits come together with brutal discomfort as the car’s rear end just can’t keep up with all the impacts and ends up getting twisted every which way.
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