The 2012 Kia Forte is a compact sedan that utilizes a front engine FWD layout. The base Forte is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 156 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. For increased performance Kia offers an optional 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that yields 173 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. Transmissions consist of a 6-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. Fuel mileage falls within an EPA estimated range of 23 mpg city to 37 mpg highway, depending on engine and transmission selection. Features include 17-inch wheels, sport-tuned suspension, power sunroof with tilt, 6-speaker audio system, navigation system, rear camera display, hands-free phone capabilities, USB jack, paddle shifters, leather trim, and push-button start. Safety is comprised of advanced airbags, brake assist, anti-lock braking, traction control, electronic brake distribution, and tire pressure monitoring. The Forte is backed by a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.Read more Read less
For 2012, the Kia Forte lineup returns for with only minor trim changes.
Fuel economy; standard Bluetooth connectivity; safety features; extensive warranty
According to Kia, the Forte sedan has one of the roomiest interiors in its class--as well as one of the best-equipped cabins. Kia's sound system is claimed to be one of the most advanced sound systems available which includes speed-dependent volume compensation to automatically increase the volume at higher speeds. The Forte is also covered by one of the most extensive warranties in the business, which includes ten years or 100,000 miles on powertrain components, five years or 60,000 miles limited warranty on the entire vehicle and five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance.