Compare 2012 Ford Focus vs 2012 Kia Forte

2012 Ford Focus
2012 Kia Forte
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4-Door Sedan S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Focus 4-Door Sedan S 26 36 $15,635 $16,500
Focus 4-Door Sedan SE 26 36 $16,380 $17,500
Focus 4-Door Sedan SEL 28 38 $19,110 $20,500
Focus 4-Door Sedan Titanium 28 38 $20,657 $22,200
Focus 5-Door HB SE 26 36 $17,108 $18,300
Focus 5-Door HB SEL 28 38 $19,838 $21,300
Focus 5-Door HB Titanium 28 38 $21,112 $22,700
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,760 $17,600
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,880 $16,200
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,190 $19,100
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,900 $15,200
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,240 $18,100
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,670 $19,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,330 $18,200
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,670 $19,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,380 $17,200
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,710 $18,600
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,635
$16,760
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,500
$17,600
Monthly Payment Estimate
$275 / month
$293 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
36 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Compact Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
43.7 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
38.3 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
90.7 96.8
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.7 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 43.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
53.9 53.0
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.8 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.2 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
178.5 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
57.7 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
13.2 14.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.94 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System
4-wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8.98 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.4 13.7
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.7 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.0 33.9
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.6 2.89
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
100 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1000 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2857 2791
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.1 6.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
146 @ 4450 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 6500 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
30 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
36 36
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 26
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.67 4.21
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.45 1.80
Trans Type
5 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.80 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.14 2.63
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.82 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.03 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Automatic
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Focus Kia Forte
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.75 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.93 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
SLA Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.2 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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