• 2012 Kia Forte

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  • 2012 Kia Forte

    #7 in 2012 Compact Cars

  • 2011 Kia Forte

    #13 in 2011 Compact Cars

  • 2010 Kia Forte

    #7 in 2010 Compact Cars

  • Prices

    • MSRP
    • $15,200
    • $14,995
    • $14,695
    • Avg. Paid
    • $6,898
    • $6,270
    • $5,255

    U.S. News Scores

    • Overall
    • 8.5 /10
    • 8.2 /10
    • 8.4 /10
    • Critics' Rating
    • 8.6 /10
    • 8.8 /10
    • 9.1 /10
    • Performance
    • 7.5 /10
    • 7.9 /10
    • 8.0 /10
    • Interior
    • 8.3 /10
    • 8.6 /10
    • 8.7 /10
    • Cost to Own
    • 9.4 /10
    • 9.4 /10
    • 9.4 /10
    • Safety
    • 9.0 /10
    • 9.0 /10
    • 9.5 /10
    • Reliability
    • 4.0 /5
    • 3.0 /5
    • 3.0 /5

    Pros & Cons

    • Pros
      • Lots of available features when it was new
      • Ample cargo space
      • Good fuel economy ratings
      • Strong list of tech features
      • Good cargo space for its size
      • Excellent safety ratings
      • Good rear-seat comfort and cargo space
      • Numerous standard features
    • Cons
      • Uninspiring handling in base model
      • Road noise in cabin
      • Cramped rear seats
      • Underpowered engines

    General Specs

    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Drivetrain
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Fuel/Engine
    • Gas I4 2.0L/122
    • Gas I4 2.0L/122
    • Gas I4 2.0L/122
    • MPG
    • 25 City / 34 Hwy
    • 25 City / 34 Hwy
    • 25 City / 34 Hwy

    Exterior

    Body
    • Body Style
    • 4 Door Sedan
    • 4 Door Sedan
    • 4dr Sdn
    Dimensions
    • Wheelbase (in.)
    • 104.3
    • 104.3
    • 104.3
    • Length, Overall (in.)
    • 178.3
    • 178.3
    • 178.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in.)
    • 69.9
    • 69.9
    • 69.9
    • Height, Overall (in.)
    • 57.5
    • 57.5
    • 57.5
    Doors & Windows
    • Rear Defrost
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Exterior Features
    • Rear Spoiler
    • Optional
    • Optional
    •  
    Measurements
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs.)
    • 2729
    • 2729
    • 2740
    Tires & Wheels
    • Tires - Front All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tires - Rear All-Season
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Locks
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Steel Wheels
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Wheel Covers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Interior

    Convenience & Comfort
    • Auxiliary Pwr Outlet
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auto-Off Headlights
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Adjustable Steering Wheel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Remote Trunk Release
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • Universal Garage Door Opener
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electrochromic rearview mirror
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Optional
    • Power Mirrors
    • Standard
    •  
    •  
    • Driver Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Vanity Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Steering
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Dimensions
    • Passenger Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • 5
    • Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 96.8
    • 96.8
    • 96.8
    • Front Head Room (in.)
    • 40.0
    • 40.0
    • 40.0
    • Front Leg Room (in.)
    • 43.3
    • 43.3
    • 43.3
    • Front Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 55.7
    • 55.7
    • 55.7
    • Front Hip Room (in.)
    • 53.0
    • 53.0
    • 53.0
    • Second Head Room (in.)
    • 37.6
    • 37.6
    • 37.8
    • Second Leg Room (in.)
    • 35.0
    • 35.0
    • 35.0
    • Second Shoulder Room (in.)
    • 54.7
    • 54.7
    • 54.7
    • Second Hip Room (in.)
    • 53.3
    • 53.3
    • 53.3
    • Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)
    • 14.7
    • 14.7
    • 14.7
    Entertainment
    • AM/FM Stereo
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Auxiliary Audio Input
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • CD Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • MP3 Player
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Satellite Radio
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Heating & Cooling
    • A/C
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    Navigation & Communication
    • Wireless Cell Phone Hookup
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Seats
    • Cloth Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Pass-Through Rear Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Optional
    • 2nd Row Bench Seat
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Split Bench Seat
    •  
    •  
    • Optional
    • Bucket Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
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    Safety

    Airbags
    • Driver Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch
    •  
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Head Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Front Side Air Bag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Brakes
    • 4-Wheel ABS
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    Safety Features
    • Brake Assist
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Emergency Trunk Release
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
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    Mechanical

    Engine & Performance
    • Front Wheel Drive
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • 4 Cylinder Engine
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Type
    • Gas I4
    • Gas I4
    • Gas I4
    • Displacement
    • 2.0L/122
    • 2.0L/122
    • 2.0L/122
    • Horsepower (Net @ RPM)
    • 156 @ 6200
    • 156 @ 6200
    • 156 @ 6200
    • Torque (Net @ RPM)
    • 144 @ 4300
    • 144 @ 4300
    • 144 @ 4300
    • Transmission
    • Manual
    • Manual
    • Automatic w/OD
    • Turning diameter
    • 33.9
    • 33.9
    • 33.8
    Fuel
    • Gasoline Fuel
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
    • 25
    • 25
    • 25
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
    • 34
    • 34
    • 34
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal.)
    • 13.7
    • 13.7
    • 13.7
    Suspension
    • Suspension Type - Front
    • MacPherson Strut
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Independent
    • Suspension Type - Rear
    • Torsion Beam
    • Torsion Beam
    • Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
    • w/Coil Springs
    • w/Coil Springs
    • MacPherson Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
    • w/Coil Springs
    • w/Coil Springs
    •  
    Transmission
    • Automatic
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • 4-Speed Automatic
    •  
    •  
    • Standard
    • Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  
    • 6-Speed Manual
    • Standard
    • Standard
    •  

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