INTRO: Economical pricing meets refined features and style in the 2012 Kia Forte 5-passenger sedan. A quiet and smooth riding mid-size daily driver, trims for the Forte include base LX, EX and the range-topping SX.
FEATURES: Standard convenience features include a fuel efficiency monitor, steering-wheel audio controls and USB and Bluetooth connectivity. A technology package available for the EX and SX adds a navigation system with rear camera display.
PERFORMANCE: Two peppy inline four-cylinder engines are available in the Forte lineup, each delivering sufficient power to the front wheels for safe highway merging and passing. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard with the Base LX. Up-rated trims receive a 6-speed automatic.
FUEL ECONOMY: Here are the highest and lowest EPA estimates for fuel economy:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Pricing for the 2012 Kia Forte starts at around $15,000. Opting for the SX increases pricing to about $19,000. The Forte is backed by a 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Offering more comfort, value and economy than its price tag implies the feature-laden 2012 Kia Forte defies its humble class identity.