The 2011 Kia Forte stands out for its exceptionally good ride and refinement in a crowded class of models that, in recent years, have disappointed in many ways.
That's starting to change, however, with the introduction of some models that deliver more refinement, more features, and higher mileage than their predecessors.
At the leading edge, along with the Forte, are the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and 2011 Hyundai Elantra.
The Cruze is a roomy compact, almost mid-size by some gauges, and it has top-notch safety along with a new fuel-efficient 1.4-liter turbocharged engine; the new Hyundai Elantra also promises to be a top contender, with 40-mpg highway ratings across the model line.
Within this group, the Corolla is the legendary leader for reliability, longevity, and all-around frugal driving, but the Corolla isn't quite as refined as the Forte.
Also, the 2011 Ford Focus is strictly a lackluster carry-over, in anticipation of Among this group, the Mazda3 is the favorite for those with an enthusiast streak, but admittedly it's not perfect, and in terms of features, the Forte has it beat.
Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls with voice activation aren't standard on most of these other models, but they are on the Forte—even the base LX model.
|2011 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2011 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2011 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|