2012 Kia Forte

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2012 Kia Forte/Forte Koup
2012 Kia Forte/Forte Koup
Last year, a new hatchback model brought some fresh features to the Forte lineup. This year, Kia is sticking pretty closely to what the company brought out for the 2011 model year. For 2012 there are only minor mechanical changes to the Forte five-door and minimal changes to the interiors of the Forte Koup and sedan. There is an impressive list of features meant to take Kia away from its reputation as a budget brand. Since its introduction, the Forte has offered leather, heated seats, and Bluetooth. Push-button start, shift paddles, and navigation are optional. Power comes from a 2.0-liter or a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, and the two transmission choices are a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. All available powertrains deliver good performance and return respectable fuel economy. The top SX model aims for a sporty feel inside with black surfaces accented by silver trim and red lighting. Unfortunately, driving the SX, or any of the Forte models, is far from a dynamic experience. Plenty of competitors in the small-car segment are more composed, refined, and fun. Manufacturers have gotten much more serious about their small cars lately, and models like the Mazda 3, the Ford Focus, and the Hyundai Elantra -- to name a few -- have really raised the bar in refinement, dynamics, and efficiency. That has left the handsome Forte playing catch-up.
2015 Kia Quoris Front Three Quarter
Don't get to used to the Kia lineup as it presently stands, as it's about to get shaken up in the next few years.  New reports suggest the Korean automaker will either update or introduce seven models between the second half of next 2012 and the first half of 2015.
2014 Kia Forte Sedan Left Side View
Yes, we’ve already reported that the new Kia Cerato will ultimately be sold here as the 2014 Kia Forte – but at the time, we only had a pair of renderings to show you. Thanks to the automaker, we now have real, improved photography of the finished product.
2014 Kia Forte Front Three Quarter
Kia previewed the next generation of its Cerato compact sedan this morning, which means only one thing: there's a new Kia Forte sedan on the horizon.
Kia Ceed MPV Spied Rear AMAG
Kia is looking to add more diversity to the Europe-only Cee’d by adding a family-hauling, MPV variant. The folks over at Motor Trend recently caught the larger Kia Cee’d tester with the corporate “tiger nose” grille being the dead giveaway. Flanking the grille are headlights that also appear to house LED daytime running lamps, a feature found on most Kia models including the diminutive Rio. Other interesting finds on this tester include a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, and back up sensors, which should come in handy when parking the long people mover into tight spaces.
2012 Kia Ceed Front Three Quarter
The first-generation Kia Cee’d ushered in a new design language for Kia in Europe, and it looks as if history is about to repeat itself. The next-generation Cee’d, which is slated to debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, appears to push the design envelope even further.

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26 MPG City | 36 MPG Hwy
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2012 Kia Forte Specifications

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2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
25 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
34 MPG
156 hp @ 6200rpm
144 ft lb of torque @ 4300rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows (optional)
  • Power Locks (optional)
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control (optional)
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer Rear (optional)
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
100,000 miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 120 months
Unlimited miles / 60 months
100,000 miles / 60 months
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
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