Just how much junk can you fit in the trunk of the newly redesigned 2014 Kia Forte? This is the question I had to answer this weekend when unexpectedly faced with having to haul a whole bunch of stuff from our local home improvement store back to my home.
It wasn’t so much the volume of the supplies in question, but the size of the individual pieces. My kids are on a First Lego Team this year and are required to build a table to test out their robotic creations. This table is being constructed out of three long pieces of Styrofoam insulation that you’d use to insulate your house. It’s exactly the kind of thing that you can not fit in a compact sedan. Or can you?
The 2014 Kia Forte has been redesigned so that it’s wider, longer, and lower than its predecessor but it’s still not a large sedan. It does, however, have standard 60/40 split rear seats and a large trunk. We stood in the driveway, eyeballing the space, trying to see if it would fit our giant pieces of Styrofoam.
The trunk has a wide rear opening, but it does narrow a good bit at those rear seats. We broke out the tape measure and found it was still about 3.5′ wide. You lose a lot of width capacity with the fold-flat seats, but it was still theoretically enough to fit everything so we decided to give it a go.
If you’ve ever been to a home improvement store, then you know that you never leave with just the things you came in for in the first place. We got our Styrofoam and realized we needed some sawhorses to support our table. We also needed a bunch of brackets, screws, duct tape, and a lightbulb for the downstairs hall. Once we rolled the cart out to the car, we had some doubts.
We even got a bit of a smirk from a guy putting one tiny little bag in the back of his big ol’ pickup truck. Show off. Had he stuck around, he would have seen all our stuff fit in the little Kia Forte with room for more. I was tempted to go back in and buy the few things I’d left behind for a later trip.
It might be a compact sedan, but the 2014 Kia Forte has room for plenty of junk in the trunk.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.