2012 Kia Forte vs. Its Competition

2012 Kia Forte 5-Door 5dr HB EX Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

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Quick Specs
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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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The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a practical, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and a strong value, but it does lack the nimble, tossable feel that some small-car fans appreciate.
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With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
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The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money.
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With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
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For those who want frugal, trouble-free transportation but have no want of excitement, the 2012 Toyota Corolla fits the bill.
MSRP From     
$15,200$16,800$16,500$15,345$15,200$16,130
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarCompactMidsize carsCompactCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Ulsan Plant)4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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