Compare 2012 Toyota Matrix vs 2012 Kia Forte

2012 Toyota Matrix
2012 Kia Forte
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5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (SE)
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD L 26 32 $17,808 $18,845
5-Door Wagon Manual FWD S 21 28 $18,097 $19,565
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD L 25 32 $18,603 $19,685
5-Door Wagon Automatic FWD S 21 29 $19,199 $20,755
5-Door Wagon Automatic AWD S 20 26 $20,086 $21,715
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,808
$14,900
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$18,845
$15,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$314 / month
$253 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features. The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
32 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Station Wagon Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.2 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.5 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
43.7 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
53.3 55.7
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.6 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.6 43.3
Front Hip Room (in)
52.3 53.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
94.2 96.8
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.5 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
59.8 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.8 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
171.9 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
61.0 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
59.9 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
102.4 104.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down (ft³)
49.4 -
Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up (ft³)
19.8 -
Trunk Volume (ft³)
- 14.7
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.7 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.1 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.2 13.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 33.9
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2844 2729
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
5.8 6.4
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
128 @ 4400 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
132 @ 6000 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
32 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 4.33
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.89 0.97
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.63
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.17 3.30
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.25
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.90 1.96
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Matrix Kia Forte
Body Style
5 Door Wagon 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.6 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
--
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
--
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
--
Rollover Rating

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