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STYLING | 7 out of 10
looks handsome in sedan form but positively stylish as a two-door coupe
Car and Driver
shares only one piece of sheetmetal, the hood, with its sedan sibling
precise and artful rendering of the interior
The styling is fresh and stands out against its competitors the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla
fresh, modern styling is definitely a strong point
Just a couple of years ago, the Kia Forte was at the leading edge of a new design direction for Kia's cars--adding a dash of European flavor and pitching the anonymity. But change came quickly to Kia, and it's already been joined by an almost entirely new line of vehicles.
The Forte is smooth, clean, and uncluttered on the outside, with proportions that feel just right either up close or from a distance, a stance that's assertive and attractive, and a flowing, gently arced roofline. There aren't any awkward angles, and the sleek coupe looks even better with its simple, swept-back appearance. Last year, a five-door Forte5 hatchback joinsedthe lineup, with a more truncated roofline in back. Inside, the look in any of the models remains simple, no-nonsense, and stylish though not particularly trend-setting.
Inside, the look in any of the models is simple, in a good way, even though the Forte doesn't get the more cockpit-like, Euro-styled dash that's been given to the Optima. It's not particularly trendsetting, but with a smoother, more organic version of the teardrop center stack used in the Soul, the look is no-nonsense yet stylish.
The 2012 Kia Forte is a good-looking small sedan, but there's not a lot of charm inside or out.