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2015 Kia Forte EX

2015 Kia Forte EX

The JetSet Family would like to extend a very special thank you to Kia for allowing us to test drive the new Kia Forte EX.

It has been awhile since I’ve mentioned how much I love Kia, so I thought I would remind you. This time around, The JetSet Family found ourselves behind the wheel of a Platinum Graphite Kia Forte EX (MSRP: $26,400.00) while visiting Newport Beach. Even in a sea of luxury sports cars, the Kia Forte EX stood out and turned heads up and down Pacific Coast Highway. 

2015 Kia Forte EX

Smaller than my first crush, the Kia Optima, the Forte was still had ample room and kept all the passengers very comfortable throughout our journey. It also had plenty of trunk space to fit our three weekender bags. Whether your family is planning a road trip for 50 miles or five hours, there are four key factors that make the drive complete: an efficient Navigation System, satellite radio, exceptional fuel economy (26 city / 39 highway) and bottom line safety. 

2015 Kia Forte EX

Let’s face it, out of all the cars we regularly test drive, Kia sets the bar. Especially, when comes to technology, Kia is superior. This Kia definitely packed a punch off the line, but responsibly. The vehicle had enough “oomph” off the line, and in highway merge situations as needed, without being considered a “speed demon.”

2015 Kia Forte EX

Newport Beach is such a beautiful town. It’s also a fantastic place to end your weekend with Sunday Drive along the coast. So this is exactly what we had in mind for our time at Balboa Bay Resort. The weekend found us cruising Newport Harbor on an electric Duffy boat, a quick ferry ride to Balboa Island, dinner at Fashion Island and brunch in Newport Coast.  I really can’t decide which were better…the views or the food!

Duffy Electric Boat Company 

Newport Beach Duffy Boats

What a fun time for the whole family. Seeing the ins and outs of Newport Harbor on these electric boats are a blast. Tot was our captain for the adventure and we cannot wait until the weather gets a bit warmer and we go again. www.duffyofnewportbeach.com
2001 West Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 91913
(949) 645-6812

Babette’s

Babette's Take Away Newport Beach

Sticking with the standard Southern California diet of organic, farm-fresh market salads, seafood plates and vegan-friendly fare, Babette’s is on the fast-track of becoming Newport Beach’s best weekend brunch / lunch spot. You can’t help to appreciate Babette’s dishes with farm-picked produce and locally sustainably-sourced meats and seafoods which support local purveyors. www.babettesoc.com
7962 East Coast Highway, Newport Coast, CA 92657
(949) 715-9915

Fig & Olive

FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach

FIG & OLIVE is the perfect place to enjoy delicious small plates in the lounge or bar area. Especially, if you are looking just to stop by and regroup during a shopping trip to Fashion Island, or quick drink with a friend, you cannot beat the atmosphere and vibe of FIG & OLIVE. The Aperitivo menu offering  FIG & OLIVE Tasting Plates is fantastic! www.figandolive.com
151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005

Photo credits: Nicole Standley

Promotional consideration has been furnished by Kia. On occasion, contributors of The JetSet Family receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not hinder the influencer’s point of view. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect the overall experience. This post may contain affiliate links.

Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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8 COMMENTS
  • LaVonne December 26, 2014

    Kia has some great vehicles. This one appears to be no exception. Lovely!

  • Rebecca Swenor December 26, 2014

    I love Kia’s and this one I would love to have indeed. The sunroof I totally admire and the gas milage is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Travel Blogger December 26, 2014

    This is the vehicle I’m getting this year! I can’t wait. It’s a great little car, loaded with amenities and fuel efficient too.

  • Amy Boyington December 27, 2014

    I have been drooling over this car. It’s so cute and seems very efficient. I wish it was a bit bigger to suit my family’s needs, but I will always admire it from afar 🙂

  • Heather December 27, 2014

    Oh I love the skylight! It looks like a great little car! We got a new SUV this year and we absolutely love it for traveling. Its fully loaded. You just can’t beat it.

  • Debi December 29, 2014

    That is a nice looking car. My hubby is slightly obsessed with Kia vehicles.

  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All December 31, 2014

    I’m hearing lots of good things about a couple of the Kia models. I always appreciate a car that can get out of it’s own way.

  • David Lucky February 16, 2015

    This car is great. thanks for sharing this.

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