The Kia Forte finds itself in a style-conscious, value-minded niche where it's never been more difficult to find space to breathe.
The Ford Focus is a tough challenger to tackle: it has excellent handling, great style, more optional features than anything in the class, and a rip-roaring ST sport edition all under its umbrella.
The Honda Civic stumbled badly in the 2012 model year, but it's picked itself back up with more sound deadening, a defanged front end, and revamped handling.
The Forte's cousin, the Hyundai Elantra, has spread its wings to include coupe and GT models, and as a lineup, it's a worthy cross-shop, with excellent interior space and feature content.
The Subaru Impreza's appeal lies within its crisp handling and its standard all-wheel drive, for which buyers willingly pay a premium.
Lastly, there's the Toyota Corolla, which is new for 2014, and promises much better styling and engaging feel.
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|4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan S||2-Door Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Ulsan Plant)||4-Door Manual 2.0i||4-Door Sedan Manual L (SE)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
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