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2012 Kia Forte Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by joester



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Reviewed: 2012 Kia Forte

4dr Sedan 156-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2012 Kia Forte?

Cargo capacity

I have to say that of all the vehicles I've owned, this one surprises me. While there are many great things to say about it, I'll start in the trunk. IT'S HUGE. Downside is that it's pretty easy to overpower the rear shocks and the ride gets a bit rough.

Interior styling

Downside- Interior - Riding position is OK, but the front headrests force a downward angle on your neck if you are around the 6ft height like me. Fortunately I found that swapping the headrests with the ones in the rear and mounting the front ones backwards in the rear makes for a decent resting angle when travelling. Steering wheel design is not great. The spokes force a 10 and 2 grip on the wheel which is great from a safety point, but the angle of steering wheel when adjusted so the guages can be seen makes it tough to hold the wheel for hours at a time. It's not uncommon to suddenly realize your hands are becoming numb from the odd angle. The placement of the phone buttons isn't great either. When parking, I constantly bump the phone command button. Visibility is decent, but learning where the out-of-view corners of the car are takes a bit.

Fuel economy

After many trips up and down the eastern USA coast (NY-FL and back) It has proven itself reliable and seems to do very well on the highway. Available power is decent, and fuel mileage is really good. It's unusual f we don't get at least the rated 33MPG but usually are between 35 and 38 with a full passenger load and moderately filled trunk.

Safety & braking

This car stops so well it would make it hard not to leave nose prints on the inside of the windshield if not for the seatbelts. ABS is decently tuned and performance on both dry and slippery conditions is really pretty good.

Powertrain performance

This isn't a sports car. It's a sedan. You won't be spinning the wheels or racing for money. It does, however, have enough "git up and go" when you need it.

Why Not the 2012 Kia Forte?

Driving position & visibility

I'm not a fan of the steering wheel angle when the seat is adjusted for me over long-haul rides. The forced 10 and 2 grip causes my hands to go numb after a while. The front head rests are not conducive to a comfortable long distange ride either. The angle of the head rest forces a downward angle on your neck. Swap them with the ones for the rear seats., MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE.

Ride smoothness

Teh rear shocks are easily overpowered when traveling with full occupancy and a moderate trunk full of luggage. Rumor has it the shocks off the Hatchback are a direct swap and offer much improved ride. I haven't changed them yet, but when I do......

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