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SAFETY | 7 out of 10
'Good,' frontal offset; 'good,' side impact; 'good,' roof strength; 'good,' rear impact
Four stars, overall; four stars, frontal; four stars, side; two stars, side pole
The 2012 Kia Forte isn't missing anything in terms of features, but you should pay attention to both major safety agencies, as they paint two very different impressions for this small sedan and coupe.
The IIHS has given the Kia Forte top 'good' ratings in frontal offset, side impact, and rood strength, along with rear impact; the Forte also earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. The IIHS notes that these scores extend only to the four-door Forte Sedan models. In federal-government testing, the Forte earned four stars overall, including four stars for frontal and side-impact protection, but it got a more worrisome three-star rating with a male (adult) sized crash dummy in the side test, and only a two-star rating in the new side pole test.
Dual seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, front active headrests, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, and electronic stability control are all included across the 2012 Forte model line.
The 2012 Kia Forte has a blemished set of safety scores, although all the expected features are included.