2012 Kia Forte  -  $15,950


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $15,950
Base Invoice: $15,650
Destination Charge: $750
Options: $0
Trim: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Doors: 4
Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: 29 | City: 25 | Hwy: 34
Body Style: 4dr Sdn Man LX
Transmission: 6-speed manual transmission
Engine: 2.0L CVVT DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine

Pros

Fuel economy; standard Bluetooth connectivity; safety features; extensive warranty


Model News

For 2012, the Kia Forte lineup returns for with only minor trim changes.


Model Highlights

The Forte comes in three different body styles--Forte sedan, Forte Koup (2-door coupe) and Forte 5-door (hatchback)--as well as three different trims: LX, EX and SX. Forte sedans are the only body style to be offered in all three body styles, while Forte Koup and Forte 5-door models can be had only in EX or SX trim.

All Forte models are powered by either a 156-horsepower, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine or by a 173-hp, 2.4L 4-cylinder engine. Both engines have continuously variable valve timing to aid in responsiveness and fuel economy, and both can now be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. LX models come with the manual standard and automatic available, while all EX models come with the automatic transmission. Sporty SX models can be had with either transmission.

Fuel economy is good in the Forte regardless of which model, but Fortes optioned with the Fuel Economy Package get low-rolling-resistance silica tires along with aerodynamic enhancements to yield EPA ratings of 27 mpg city, 37 highway.

With the back seats up in position, there's a respectable 14.7 cubic feet of space in the Forte sedan, but the Forte 5-door offers 19.4 cubic feet. With more noise insulation than is typical in this class, the Forte feels quiet and refined inside at anything but full throttle. Leather upholstery and heated seats are available on the SX, also helping to bring an upscale feel.

Kia has paid extra attention to the Forte's ride and handling, combining a very stiff body with a conventional but well-tuned small-car setup, with MacPherson struts in front and a torsion bar in back; most Forte models come with an engine-speed-sensitive hydraulic power-steering system, but EX models with the Fuel Economy Package come with electric power steering to help increase efficiency. SX models, in addition to the more powerful engine, get a performance-tuned suspension along with upgraded brakes.

All Forte models include a 4-speaker sound system with Sirius Satellite Radio capability and a 3-month subscription. Other standard features include Bluetooth connectivity with steering-wheel controls, and a USB connector. SX models also get expanded equipment, including larger alloy wheels, fog lamps, sport seats, leather steering-wheel and shift-knob trim, a special Supervision gauge cluster and tilt/telescopic steering adjustment.

Kia has loaded the Forte with safety features: front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side-curtain bags, active front headrests, electronic stability control and 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes are all standard.


Value Writeup

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.


Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.3

EPA Classification
Compact Cars

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
7

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
34 MPG

Cruising Range - City
342.50 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
25 MPG

Fuel Economy Est-Combined
29 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
465.80 mi

Engine Type
Gas I4

Displacement
2.0L/122

Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300

Trans Type
6

Trans Description Cont.
Manual

First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.30

Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96

Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.25

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.97

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.63

Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.33

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110

Total Cooling System Capacity
6.4 qts

Passenger Capacity
5

Passenger Volume
96.8 ft³

Front Head Room
40.0 in

Front Leg Room
43.3 in

Front Shoulder Room
55.7 in

Front Hip Room
53.0 in

Second Head Room
37.6 in

Second Leg Room
35.0 in

Second Shoulder Room
54.7 in

Second Hip Room
53.3 in

Wheelbase
104.3 in

Length, Overall
178.3 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
69.9 in

Height, Overall
57.5 in

Track Width, Front
61.3 in

Track Width, Rear
61.6 in

Min Ground Clearance
5.9 in

Trunk Volume
14.7 ft³

Base Curb Weight
2729 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut

Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs

Front Tire Size
P195/65R15

Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15

Front Wheel Size
15 x 5.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
15 x 5.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Steel

Rear Wheel Material
Steel

Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.2

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
33.9 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4-Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.0 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
10.3 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
13.7 gal

Basic Years
5

Basic Miles/km
60,000

Drivetrain Years
10

Drivetrain Miles/km
100,000

Corrosion Years
5

Corrosion Miles/km
100,000

Roadside Assistance Years
5

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
60,000

Roadside Assistance Note
24-hour roadside assistance

Overall Rating

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

Frontal Crash Test Note
Not Applicable

Not Applicable

Overall Side Crash Rating

Side Barrier Rating

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

Male/Female Dummy Note
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

Rollover Rating

Rollover Rating Dynamic Test Result
No Tip

Risk of Rollover
10.3%

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Rollover Note
Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.

Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

Side Barrier Rating Note
Due to the intrusion of the rear door during the side impact barrier test, the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing high resultant lower spine acceleration of 89 g's. High resultant lower spine accelerations in excess of 82 g's have a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.

2.0L CVVT DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine

6-speed manual transmission

Front wheel drive

Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, monotube shock absorbers, stabilizer bar

Torsion beam rear suspension -inc: coil springs, monotube shock absorbers

Speed-sensitive hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering

Ventilated front/solid rear pwr disc brakes

15" x 5.5" steel wheels w/full covers

195/65R15 tires

Body-color bumpers -inc: rear garnish

Clear-lens headlamps w/auto-off

Body-color pwr mirrors

Tinted windshield glass w/shade band

Solar control door glass

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-color door handles

AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, USB port, (4) speakers

SIRIUS satellite radio

Bluetooth hands-free link -inc: steering wheel controls

Roof-mounted antenna

Front bucket seats w/active headrests -inc: 6-way manual driver seat

60/40 split-folding rear bench seat w/adjustable headrests -inc: center armrest

Cloth seat trim

Center console w/armrest & storage

Tilt steering wheel

Tachometer

Digital clock

Fuel door, hood & trunk remote release

Air conditioning

Rear window defroster

(2) front/(2) rear cup holders -inc: front chrome ring trim

Dual 12V pwr outlets

Front door map pockets w/bottle holders

Dual visor vanity mirrors

Cargo area light

4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)

Brake assist system (BAS)

Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)

Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control system (TCS)

Front/rear crumple zones

5-MPH bumpers

Side impact door beams

Dual front advanced airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor

Front seat side mounted airbags

Full-length side curtain airbags

3-point height-adjustable front seat belts w/pretensioners & force limiters

3-point rear seat belts for all positions

Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)

Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

Impact-absorbing steering column

Internal emergency trunk release

Rear child safety door locks

 
CLEAR WHITE
$0

 
EBONY BLACK PEARL
$0

 
BRIGHT SILVER METALLIC
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
STONE, SEAT TRIM
$0

 
REAR SPOILER
$295

 
REAR BUMPER APPLIQUE
$70

 
BODY KIT
$1,095

 
CARPETED FLOOR MATS
$95

 
AUTO-DIMMING REARVIEW MIRROR W/COMPASS
$180

 
AUTO-DIMMING REARVIEW MIRROR W/COMPASS & HOMELINK
$250

 
CARGO NET
$50

 
CARGO TRAY
$75

 
CARGO MAT
$75


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