Head to head with its newer, tougher competitors, the Kia Forte lags a bit in driving fun and safety.
But on other fronts it competes well against cars like the Chevy Cruze, a near-mid-size four-door that has an excellent turbocharged 1.4-liter four, top safety scores, and a richly finished interior.
The Ford Focus is more sporty on all fronts, and one version earns a 40-mpg highway fuel economy ratings, not to mention more technology and luxury options.
The Mazda3 earns kudos for its great steering and gas mileage, and its jazzy looks don't suffer the weird grin of older versions.
The Hyundai Elantra's an exceptional value, with 40-mpg highway ratings on all sedan models, and with truly distinctive styling and great packaging.
At the bottom of the dogpile are the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, one old, one new--and neither the class benchmarks they once were.
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