The 2012 Kia Forte is a really good pick in most respects--even matched up against even more recent redesigns like the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Sonata, and Honda Civic.
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.
For those who want a sportier drive, the new Ford Focus is one to consider; the Focus also offers more tech and convenience options, though at a higher price.
The Mazda3 is the favorite for those with an enthusiast streak, and for 2012 Mazda has installed a new fual-saving direct-injection engine in some of 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.
|2012 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2012 Chevrolet CruzeBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2012 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2012 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2012 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings|
|22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|Compact Cars||Midsize Car||Compact||Midsize cars||Compact||Compact|
|4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan LS||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant)||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||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|