In addition to the 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback, and 2-door coupe options for the body of the 2012 Kia Forte Sedan, consumers can select among multiple trim options. All three body selections have 2 trim options, the EX or the sporty SX trim. However, the 4-door sedan is the only that is available in the standard LX form. The LX and EX trims have 156-horsepower 2.0-liter unit engines while the SX trim has a 173-horsepower 2.4 liter engine. All trims offer both a 6-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic transmission. The EX trim offers a package that offers changes to the body and powertrain in order to increase the fuel economy of the Forte. The EX and SX offer features such as tilt and telescopic steering column, sunroof, power windows and locks, keyless engine start and access, a rearview camera with a navigation system, and automatic climate control. The SX trim offers more luxurious options such as improved upholstery that contains heated seats.
2012 Kia Forte Sedan offers many features that put it at a competitive advantage to other sedans in its class. Consumers can get optional features like keyless entry, sunroof, optional push-button start, and the Forte offers the opportunity to get a navigation system with a backup camera. Additionally, the cruise controls and audio controls can be mounted on the steering wheel for more convenient use. Although the Forte offers plenty of standard features, air conditioning is not standard but optional and only front-wheel drive is offered on all the models. The standard wheels are 15-inch steel wheels with covers and the choice to get 26-inch alloy wheels. For the interior features, there are standard cloth seats with choice of leather upholstery and heated front seats. Furthermore, USB, auxiliary audio input, and wireless cell-phone are on the standard model.
The Kia Forte Sedan like most Kia models is a well-designed and well-tested vehicle for safety. The Forte offers key security features like full-length side curtain airbags, front and rear 3-point seat belts, and front seat-belt pretensioners that are designed to tighten the seatbelts in a collision in order to help reduce the likelihood of injury. Additionally, the Forte offers unique dual front seat-mounted side airbags that further protect occupants of the car. The Forte uses an advanced airbag system that monitors the severity of an impact to inflate airbags accordingly. This model also includes front active headrests that move upward and forward to reduce the likelihood of neck injury in a collision. For families, the Forte offers lower anchors and tether for children. Other standard features include traction control, ABS, and an antiskid system.