The 2012 Kia Forte ranks 9 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 31 published reviews and test drives of the Kia Forte, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Other than an engine that doesn’t pack a punch, reviewers say there is little they don’t like about the 2012 Kia Forte.
More than anything else, reviewers appreciate the 2012 Forte’s versatility and practicality that will appeal to a range of shoppers. The Kia Forte is available in three body styles (sedan, coupe and hatchback), has an interior that’s comfortable for four (five is a squeeze) and has good fuel economy. Add to that a standard features list that includes Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port for an iPod, and reviewers say the 2012 Kia Forte is one of the best options on the market for shoppers who want a quality car that won’t break the bank.
But the 2012 Forte won’t impress budding race car drivers because even the sport-tuned SX trim is a bore. Reviewers suggest shoppers check out the Mazda3 and Ford Focus, which are significantly more fun to drive, but say shoppers who want a small car with a low price and a lot of standard features should stick with the Forte.
The 2012 Kia Forte comes in three body styles: sedan, coupe and hatchback. The sedan is available in LX, EX and SX trims, while the hatchback and coupe are only available in the highest two trims. For 2012, the hatchback is not available with a manual transmission and the EX gains a tilt and telescopic steering wheel