The current generation of the Kia Forte lands somewhere between comfortable, value-oriented compacts like the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra and those with more of a sporty focus -- like the Ford Focus and Mazda3.
It's a little more style-conscious and value-minded, yet performance doesn't feel like a top priority.
The Toyota Corolla was all-new for 2014, and it introduced a more refined look inside and out, as well as a new CVT and much-improved audio and infotainment.
The Honda Civic, after getting revamped again in recent years, is a refined compact sedan that in some respects, now feels like a smaller Accord.
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 Ford Focus remains 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.
And there's probably one more worth considering: the Subaru Impreza, with its standard all-wheel drive and crisp handling.
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