2010 Kia Forte SX

I'm surprised no one besides Eric Tingwall mentioned this car's abysmal ride quality. It crashes over bumps; it feels like there's no damping at all. The 45-series tires no doubt aren't helping here, but even so...

The flaccid clutch was another negative, and the shift action is clunky.

On the positive side of the ledge, the engine, is responsive for this segment, with plenty of torque down low. The interior is pleasant, and the exterior is clean-looking and modern. But Kia engineers need to take apart a Mazda 3 and study it. Carefully.

Joe Lorio, Senior Editor

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