The 2012 Kia Forte Sedan has no major changes in the 2012 version. However, it does boast a few slight changes in the trims that are offered as well as the ability to purchase the car in three different models, including the 4-door sedan, the 4-door hatchback, and the 2-door coupe. The 2012 Kia Forte Sedan has a clean style to it, but does not necessarily demand a second glance with the exterior design. Overall, the Forte is one of the most affordable compact cars when compared to competitor models. It is a reliable, quality car with a fantastic warranty and a surprisingly low sticker price. Moreover, the Forte often has more to offer in standard features than competitors in this segment.
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The Forte is powered by a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. The SX trim gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower and 168 pound-feet of torque. Gas mileage is superb as it returns approximately 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Also, a six-speed manual transmission comes standard, but it is recommended to opt for the automatic. There have been complaints regarding the fluidity of the manual shifter.
When tested for frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength crash tests, the 2012 Kia Forte was rated as "Good" and when braking was tested, it was able to stop from 60 mph in a short 118 feet. Just a few of the many safety features that come standard include child seat anchors, emergency brake assist, turn signal mirrors, emergency interior trunk release, tire pressure monitoring, stability and traction control and a whiplash protection system in the front head restraints.
Standard features on the 2012 Forte include Bluetooth, iPod connection, satellite radio, controls on steering wheel, and wireless cell-phone connection. However, the competitor versions are more fun to drive, as the Forte does not pack as much power behind the engine as the competitors. The interior of the Forte Sedan is comfortable with the ability to upgrade to leather upholstery. Controls are arranged well inside the car, and the design makes it easy to use them. The learning curve is reduced in trying to get comfortable with them and figuring out all the features that you can do. Although it is lacking a bit in rear leg room, it more than makes up for it with 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, with all seats in place.