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2012 Kia Forte LX Sedan

2012 Kia Forte Review

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

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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 LX 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 LX Sedan Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
Front Air Conditioning
Auto On Headlights
Power Outlet(s)
Steering Wheel Tilt
Privacy Glass
Cup Holders
Brake Assist
Driver Air Bag
Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
Head/Curtain Airbag
Passenger Air Bag
Rear Airbag
Rear Curtain Airbag
Side Air Bag(s)
Stability Control
Traction Control
Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
Compact Disc MP3 Capable
Compact Disc Player
Satellite Radio
Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
Wheel Covers
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