In its current generation, the Kia Forte has occupied a middle ground between the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra—the comfortable, value-oriented set—and sportier models like the Ford Focus and Mazda 3.
The current Forte doesn't handle as sharply or precisely as either of those models, while its ride has been somewhat noisy.
One strong rival is the Subaru Impreza, which will be redesigned this year.
Its standard all-wheel drive and crisp handling have nudged up against the Forte on value.
The Forte's cousin, the Hyundai Elantra, has spread its wings to include coupe and GT hatchback models, like the Forte.
You should drive them both; we think the latest Elantra is considerably improved, though perhaps still a little more appliance-like.
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 current Toyota Corolla is a strong entry and arguably more refined than the Forte.
The Ford Focus has excellent handling, great style, more optional features than anything in the class, and a rip-roaring ST sport edition all under its umbrella.
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