Drive Time: Kia Forte winds way to Grand View – Colorado News

Drive Time: Kia Forte winds way to Grand View – Colorado News

A slick-looking 2017 Kia Forte5 SX hatchback filled the need perfectly for an important drive Tuesday morning. Besides great styling, the Kia has a quick turbo and is very affordable.

We had given up a big Ford F-150 4X4 SuperCrew the day previously. With its powerful 3.5-liter V-6 EcoBoost engine and one of the first 10-speed automatic transmissions, the F-150 delivered Jan and me and our son Brent promptly to the Denver Press Club one night last week for the induction into the club’s hall of fame of two friends from my working days at the Denver Post – former publisher Dean Singleton and sportswriter Irv Moss. Other new fame members honored were longtime 9News anchor Adele Arakawa, former Post photographer Craig F. Walker, TV journalist Greg Dobbs and the late Frances Foster, who wrote the Molly Mayfield column years ago in the Rocky Mountain News. My first visit to the press club was way back in January 1968 for dinner with the late Dave Hicks, a fellow newsman.

A growing slate of weekend home duties forestalled hopes for a Saturday drive out northeast to the New Raymer Car Show. My apologies to Arnie Fiscus, one of the organizers; maybe next year.

The Tuesday drive in the Kia was key, though. Brightening the hatchback’s interior are leather seats trimmed in orange, with contrast stitching. Performance was fairly strong from a 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and 6-speed manual transmission. It rides on Nexen P225/40R18 tires.

It took us out west, past numerous tall cornfields, and finally to a right turn onto Weld County Road 21, past a busy middle school, on up the road which looped around to Severance’s Grand View Elementary School…

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