Still doubtful that the Hyundai-Kia cabal can play with the best Japanese brands? The Forte Koup suffers only from a silly name and an electronic throttle that operates at odds with clutch engagement. This latter flaw frustrates smooth launches and expeditious gear changes, at least until you train your feet to compensate for that lapse. But, in terms of equipment, power, and poise, this coupe amounts to a serious threat to the Civic, Cobalt, and Focus. The steering is tight, the ride is ready for action. Those stretching to buy a Mini Cooper should also give this 26 mpg (combined) alternative serious consideration. Blessed with French seams, red accent stitching, and a roomy rear seat and wired to accommodate your portable entertainment essentials, the Forte interior is the new standard for cheap chic.
Don Sherman, Technical Editor