It’s small, light, and the tires kinda suck. You’ll get blown around a bit. You’ll get used to it. If you don’t, get better tires. I remember my 21 being like that. It got better as the tires wore, and is mostly gone now that I have new tires.Hi all - newbie forte owner here,
Recently moved and bought the Forte LXS for mpg (increase of 88% windshield time - yeah, i know - awesome timing w $5.00 fuel). Anyway, I've only had this car roughly a week and while I'm enjoying everything else about the car, I am very disturbed by its inability to handle wind (even less than 10 mph head winds or side winds) thus far. The wheel and handling between 75 - 80 is not easy to control and the car shifts within the lane constantly and very easily (swaying from side to side in an almost cyclical motion), almost like the front end wants to lift off the ground (I know that is not going to happen, but sensory wise it feels this way). When I get out of the car (after an hour drive, with any wind) I feel like I've been on a boat or canoeing on the water all day. I might actually have to start taking dramamine to reduce the feelings I am getting from driving this vehicle (never had this with other compacts - prius or passat). I know very little about the '21 and previous Fortes and whether this '22 design has enough changes to the front end that aerodynamics could have been overlooked with this latest design? I did do a quick google of 2020's and 2021's and they don't look much different in design. Still, I'm concerned that I've invested in this car and won't be able to get past this constant side to side sway and feeling of no control (with or without lane and steering assist applied).
Has anyone else had previous models prior to '22 that didn't have this issue, but have noticed it with the MY 22 design? I will admit I've been driving a half ton silverado for 7 years (both long and short distances) and maybe I'm just sensitive to this smaller and lighter vehicle. But I've also driven a passat on the same trip/roads and have never felt this type of sensation. Maybe I will get used to this, but I'm seriously considering contacting the dealer and discussing my options.