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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 8.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2010 Kia Forte Review

The 2010 Kia Forte is a worthy contender for 2010 small cars when it comes to fuel economy, available features and safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Good rear-seat comfort and cargo space
  • Numerous standard features
  • Underpowered engines

2010 Kia Forte Overview

Most small cars aren’t known for being fancy or packed with features, but two things that impressed car reviewers about the 2010 Kia Forte are its well-made interior and long list of features. Standard items include satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB port, which are uncommon in affordable small cars. Higher trims and option packages added features like air conditioning, power windows and door locks, keyless entry and steering-wheel mounted controls. The Forte also has more standard safety features than many competitors and excellent safety scores.

The Forte is available as a coupe and sedan, which gives shoppers the choice between a car that’s more practical and one that has a sporty vibe. Of the two, the sedan has the most cargo space and the more-accessible second row, making it the better choice if you frequently have passengers.

With a base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, reviewers said the Forte isn’t as fast or powerful as competitors, but it works well as a daily driver. You can get a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes more horsepower, but some test drivers still thought it was slow. The 2.0-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 27/36 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission, which is very good for the class.

Overall, a used 2010 Kia Forte is a smart choice for shoppers who want a car with good fuel economy ratings, strong safety scores, decent performance and lots of standard features.

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Other Cars to Consider

Though it has a smaller trunk and fewer standard features than the Forte, the 2010 Toyota Corolla has above-average safety scores, good fuel economy and a comfortable rear seat, making it a strong pick for a used small car.

The 2010 Honda Civic, one of the top-ranked cars in the class, is a smart selection if you want a commuter car with good performance for driving around town or on the highway. It comes as a sedan or coupe, and there’s even a Civic Si model for those who want to spice up their commute with some extra horsepower. With the Civic, you won’t get as much trunk space, and you also get fewer standard safety and interior features.

Compare the Forte to the Corolla and Civic »

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