2012 Kia Forte

February 17, 2012 Categorized under KIA - No Comment

2012 Kia Forte
Available in five different trim levels, the new 2012 Kia Forte is the Korean automaker’s contribution to the compact car market, and is meant to compete with popular models like the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Ford Focus.

This year’s Forte is crisply-styled, and with a shape that exudes action, but it’s also a sort of homage to all the other small cars (like the afore-mentioned Civic) that it’s trying to outsell, especially where its front end is concerned, while some reviewers have observed that the tail-lights are eerily reminiscent of those on the Mitsubishi Lancer.

For 2012, the Forte which is available as a sedan, a coup (which Kia has dubbed the Koup), and both four and five-door hatchbacks, comes with standard 15-inch wheels with covers. These are upgradeable to 16-inch alloy wheels, except on the SX trim, which comes with a sport suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels. A sunroof is also available as an option.

Inside the Forte, there’s 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the sedan, while the hatchback offers 19.4 cubic feet. Steering wheel-mounted controls for the cruise control and audio system are available, while other features include cloth seats (which can be upgraded to leather), and a collection of optional upgrades like heated front seats, keyless entry and a telescoping steering wheel.

One of the drawbacks of the 2012 Kia Forte, however, and proof that Kia tends toward “no frills” design, is that air condition, which most people would assume is standard, is only an option on this vehicle.

The LX and EX models of the Kia Forte come with a 156 horsepower, 2.0 liter, four-cylinder engine while the SX has a bit more oomph with a 173 horsepower 2.4 liter engine (also four cylinders.) These engines come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and front wheel drive, while there’s an option to upgrade to a six-speed automatic transmission. It’s worth noting that the manual transmission is no longer available on the five-door hatchback.

If Kia is a little skimpy with comfort features, the automaker is generous with safety features, and the 2012 Kia Forte comes with enough of them to make this vehicle a favorite with auto insurance reviews frequently recommending it as an “inexpensive to insure” vehicle. Specifically, those features include side-impact airbags and active head restraints for the front seats, sidecurtain airbags, and both an antilock braking system and an electronic stability system.

With a starting MSRP that ranges from $15,200 to $19,200, depending on the trim level, and average fuel efficiency of 23-26 mpg in the city and 32-36 mpg on open highway, it’s easy to see why the 2012 Kia Forte is a logical choice for a small family, or an individual who wants a reliable car without an exorbitant price or fancy features they’ll never use.

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