Redesigned for 2014, Kia's new Forte sedan now shares platforms with the Elantra from affiliated automaker Hyundai. Longer and wider than its predecessor, the redesigned Forte competes with a familiar slate of compacts, among them the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Toyota Coro... Read Full Report
The compact-car segment has been revitalized in as little as three years, adding value, style and new features in a segment previously filled with ho-hum commuter cars. Kia's previous-generation Forte is a competent car, but "competent" is the romantic equivalent of a woman referring to a guy as "nice." The old Forte was outshined immediately after its introduction by more stylish and refi... Read full review for the 2014 Kia Forte
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I have been test driving cars for the last three to four months. I have tested the Honda civic 2013, Scion TC 2014 and Ford Focus St. I was leading toward Scion TC or Honda. The honda was very plan no... Read Full Review
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What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.
Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.
Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).
Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.
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