Resale: $13,842
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MPG: 26 city/36 hwy

2012 Kia Forte EX

2012 Kia Forte Review

(0 Stars)  Still a good value, but not a lot is new.

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Overview
Last year, a new hatchback model brought some fresh features to the Forte lineup. This year, Kia is sticking pretty closely to what the company brought out for the 2011 model year. For 2012 there are only minor mechanical changes to the Forte five-door and minimal changes to the interiors of the Forte Koup and sedan. There is an impressive list of features meant to take Kia away from its reputation as a budget brand. Since its introduction, the Forte has offered leather, heated seats, and Bluetooth. Push-button start, shift paddles, and navigation are optional. Power comes from a 2.0-liter or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and the two transmission choices are a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. All available powertrains deliver good performance and return respectable fuel economy. The top SX model aims for a sporty feel inside with black surfaces accented by silver trim and red lighting. Unfortunately, driving the SX, or any of the Forte models, is far from a dynamic experience. Plenty of competitors in the small-car segment are more composed, refined, and fun. Manufacturers have gotten much more serious about their small cars lately, and models like the Mazda 3, the Ford Focus, and the Hyundai Elantra -- to name a few -- have really raised the bar in refinement, dynamics, and efficiency. That has left the handsome Forte playing catch-up.

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2012 Forte EX Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 2.0L in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline 26 MPG city, 36 MPG highway, 29 MPG combined and 398 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
13.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 156 hp @ 6,200 rpm; 144 ft lb of torque @ 4,300 rpm

'12 Kia EX Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
  Exterior  
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Privacy Glass
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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