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2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door

2dr All-wheel Drive Hatchback

2012 Subaru Impreza WRX

4dr All-wheel Drive Hatchback

2014 Kia Forte LX

4dr Sedan

2012 Volkswagen Golf R
(2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2dr AWD Hatchback shown)
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2012 Subaru Impreza
(2012 Subaru WRX 4dr AWD Hatchback shown)
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2014 Kia Forte
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*Does not include customer cash-back incentives or options
N/A N/A    $16,541*
MSRP $33,990 $25,595 $15,900
Destination Charge $770 $750 $800
Invoice Price $32,631 $24,174 $15,599
Total List Price $34,760 $26,345 $16,700
Available Engines 256-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium) 265-hp, 2.5-liter H-4 (premium) 148-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
Available Transmissions 6-speed manual w/OD 5-speed manual w/OD 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual 6-speed manual w/OD
Fuel Economy City 19 mpg 19 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel Economy Highway 27 mpg 25 mpg 37 mpg
NHTSA Crash Test Data      
Other, Overall Rollover Rating - -
Side - Pole, Side - Pole -
Side, Rear Seat - -
Side - Barrier, Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side - Barrier, Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Overall, Overall -
Side - Pole Barrier combined, Side - Pole Barrier combined (REAR) -
Front, Overall Front -
Side - Pole Barrier combined, Side - Pole Barrier combined (FRONT) -
Front, Driver's -
Side, Front Seat - -
Side - Barrier, Side - Barrier -
Front, Passenger's -
Side, Overall Side -
IIHS Crash Test Data      
Front, Head/Neck - - Acceptable
Moderate overlap front, Right Leg/Foot - Good Good
Side, Driver Torso - Good Acceptable
Side, Driver Pelvis/Leg - Good Good
Moderate overlap front, Restraints - Good Good
Head Restraints and Seats, Seat Head/Restraint Geometry - Good Good
Side, Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg - Good Good
Moderate overlap front, Head/Neck - Good Good
Side, Driver Head and Neck - Good Good
Side, Rear Passenger Head Protection - Good Good
Front, Retraints and dummy kinematics - - Poor
Side, Rear Passenger Head and Neck - Good Good
Side, Rear Passenger Torso - Good Good
Head Restraints and Seats, Overall Rear - Good Good
Front, Chest - - Good
Moderate overlap front, Chest - Good Good
Front, Lower leg/foot - - Marginal
Front, Structure and safety cage - - Poor
Moderate overlap front, Left Leg/Foot - Good Good
Head Restraints and Seats, Dynamic Rating - Good Good
Moderate overlap front, Overall Front - Good Good
Side, Structure/safety cage - Acceptable Good
Moderate overlap front, Structure/safety cage - Good Good
Other, Roof Strength - Good Good
Front, Overall evaluation - - Poor
Front, Hip/thigh - - Poor
Side, Overall Side - Good Good
Side, Driver Head Protection - Good Good
Overview 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Safety Overview driver and passenger front impact airbags, rear center 3 point seatbelt, ABS brakes, immobilizer driver and passenger front impact airbags, rear center 3 point seatbelt, ABS brakes, immobilizer driver and passenger front impact airbags, rear center 3 point seatbelt, ABS brakes
Drive-Type Overview all wheel drive all wheel drive front wheel drive
Audio Overview Standard:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted 6-disc CD changer, MP3 decoder, 8, theft deterrent, window grid diversity antenna, radio steering wheel controls
Standard:
AM/FM/Satellite-capable, seek-scan, in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 decoder, 6, integrated roof antenna, radio steering wheel controls
Standard:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 decoder, 4, window grid antenna, radio steering wheel controls
Available:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 decoder
Available:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan, in-dash mounted single CD, MP3 decoder
Available:
6
Available:
8 brand, amplifier, theft deterrent, radio steering wheel controls
Available:
7, amplifier, radio steering wheel controls
N/A
Interior 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Air conditioning, front dual zone front automatic automatic manual
Air filter Standard Standard Standard
Underseat ducts Standard Standard Standard
Cargo concealed storage Standard Standard Standard
Cargo net N/A Available Available
Cargo tie downs Standard Standard N/A
Clock in-dash in-dash in-dash
Compass Standard Available Available
Cruise control Standard Standard Available
Cup holders front and rear front and rear front and rear
Gear shift knob trim leather/aluminum Standard:
leather
urethane
N/A Available:
titanium
N/A
N/A Available:
plastic/rubber
N/A
N/A Available:
leather/aluminum
N/A
12V DC power outlet 2 2 2
Overhead console mini with storage N/A N/A
Floor console full full full
Floor mats carpeted front & rear Standard:
carpeted front & rear
Available:
carpeted front & rear
N/A Available:
rubber front & rear
N/A
Front windows power power power
Rear windows fixed power power
1-Touch Window Up driver and passenger driver N/A
1-Touch Window Down driver and passenger driver driver
Programmable garage door opener N/A Available Available
Instrumentation analog analog analog
Driver information center Standard Standard N/A
Tachometer Standard Standard Standard
Trip computer Standard Standard Standard
Water temp gauge Standard Standard Standard
Low fuel warning Standard Standard Standard
Service interval warning Standard Standard Standard
Exterior temperature display Standard Standard Standard
Lighting - glovebox Standard Standard Standard
Lighting - map lights front & rear front N/A
Lighting - dome light fade fade fade
Lighting - cargo light Standard Standard Standard
Illuminated vanity mirrors driver and passenger N/A Available:
driver and passenger
Rear window defogger Standard Standard Standard
Rearview mirror day-night Standard:
day-night
Standard:
day-night
N/A Available:
auto-dimming day-night
Available:
auto-dimming day-night
Mirrors - visor vanity mirrors driver and passenger driver and passenger driver and passenger
Fuel door release N/A mechanical mechanical
Remote trunk release N/A N/A mechanical
Retained accessory power Standard N/A Standard
Seatback storage pockets 2 1 Available:
1
Tilt-Wheel adjustable steering column Standard Standard Standard
Steering wheel material leather leather/metal-look urethane
Tire inflator N/A N/A Standard
Seats 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Front seat type sport sport bucket
Seating capacity 5 passengers 5 passengers 5 passengers
Front seat driver direction controls 6-way 6-way 6-way
Front passenger seat direction controls 6-way 4-way 4-way
Lumbar support driver and passenger N/A N/A
Front armrests center center Standard:
center
N/A N/A Available:
center sliding
Front head restraints adjustable fixed adjustable
Heated front seats driver and front passenger heated-cushion, heated-seatback N/A N/A
Rear seats 60-40 bench 60-40 bench 60-40 bench
Rear armrest with pass-thru N/A Available
Rear head restraints 3 - adjustable 3 - adjustable 3 - adjustable
Seat trim leather cloth cloth
Entertainment 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Radio AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan Standard:
AM/FM/Satellite-capable, seek-scan
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan
N/A Available:
AM/FM/Satellite, seek-scan
N/A
CD player Standard:
in-dash mounted 6-disc
in-dash mounted single in-dash mounted single
Available:
in-dash mounted single
N/A N/A
MP3 capability Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary audio input Standard Standard Standard
Steering wheel audio controls Standard Standard Standard
Speakers Standard:
8
Standard:
6
Standard:
4
Available:
8 brand
Available:
7
Available:
6
Amplifier Available Available N/A
Speed-Sensitive Volume Standard Standard Standard
Navigation system Available N/A N/A
1st row LCD screen 1 N/A N/A
Bluetooth Compatibility Standard Standard Standard
Safety and Security 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Airbags, frontal driver and front passenger driver and front passenger driver and front passenger
Airbags, side impact seat mounted, driver and passenger seat mounted, driver and passenger seat mounted, driver and passenger
Airbags, side curtain curtain 1st and 2nd row curtain 1st and 2nd row curtain 1st and 2nd row
Occupant sensor Standard Standard Standard
Traction control ABS and driveline ABS and driveline ABS and driveline
Height adjustable safety belts front front front
Seatbelt pretensioners front front front
Headlights high intensity low/high beam halogen halogen
Exterior light control N/A auto off auto off
Delay off headlamps N/A N/A Standard
Headlight washer N/A N/A Standard
Daytime running lights Standard Standard N/A
Directionally adaptive headlights Standard N/A N/A
LED brakelights N/A Standard N/A
Illuminated entry Standard Standard Standard
Remote keyless entry keyfob (all doors) keyfob (all doors) Available:
keyfob (all doors)
Keyless access system Available N/A N/A
Panic alarm Standard Standard Available
Door locks power with 2 stage unlock power with 2 stage unlock power with 2 stage unlock
Rear child safety door locks N/A Standard Standard
Content theft-deterrent alarm system Standard Standard N/A
Ignition disable Standard Standard N/A
First aid kit Available N/A N/A
Theft deterrent radio Standard N/A N/A
Low tire pressure warning Standard Standard Standard
Warranty 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Warranty - Basic (mths/miles) 36/36,000 36/36,000 60/60,000
Warranty - Power Train (mths/miles) 60/60,000 60/60,000 120/100,000
Warranty - Corrosion/Perforation (mths/miles) 144/unlimited 60/unlimited 60/100,000
Warranty - Roadside Assistance (mths/miles) 36/36,000 36/36,000 60/60,000
Warranty - Maintenance (mths/miles) 36/36,000 N/A N/A
Exterior 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Antenna window grid integrated roof window grid
Body material fully galvanized steel fully galvanized steel fully galvanized steel
Paint clearcoat monotone clearcoat monotone clearcoat monotone
Bodyside moldings N/A Available:
body-colored
N/A
Grille trim black with metal-look bar black w/chrome surround
Fog/driving lights front Available:
front
N/A
Door count 2 doors 4 doors 4 doors
Rear cargo door liftgate liftgate trunk
Tinted windows light light light
Rear window type fixed fixed fixed
Mirrors dual power remote dual power remote dual power remote
Heated side mirrors Standard N/A Standard
Sunroof Available:
1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass
N/A N/A
Spoiler lip lip Available:
lip
Roof rack N/A Available N/A
Tires P225/40HR18.0 BSW performance AS P235/45WR17.0 BSW performance Standard:
P195/65HR15.0 BSW AS
N/A N/A Available:
P205/55HR16.0 BSW AS
Wheels 18" silver aluminum Standard:
17" gray aluminum
Standard:
15" steel
N/A Available:
gray aluminum
Available:
16" silver aluminum
N/A N/A Available:
steel
Spare tire and wheel full-size steel compact steel N/A
Windshield wipers - front variable intermittent variable intermittent variable intermittent
Rear window wipers fixed interval fixed interval N/A
Mud flaps N/A N/A Available
Mechanical 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Engine 2.0L I-4 2.5L H-4 1.8L I-4
Engine - valvetrain DOHC DOHC DOHC
Turbocharger intercooled turbo intercooled turbo N/A
Brakes 4-wheel disc 4-wheel disc 4-wheel disc
Antilock braking system (ABS) 4-wheel 4-wheel 4-wheel
Brake assist Standard Standard Standard
Drive type all wheel all wheel front-wheel
Exhaust stainless steel stainless steel stainless steel
Steering rack & pinion rack & pinion rack & pinion
Speed sensitive steering Standard Standard N/A
Suspension tuning sport sport regular
Front suspension type strut strut strut
Front anti-roll bar Standard Standard Standard
Front shocks gas-pressurized gas-pressurized gas-pressurized
Front springs coil coil coil
Rear suspension type multi-link double wishbone semi-independent torsion beam
Rear anti-roll bar Standard Standard N/A
Rear shocks gas-pressurized gas-pressurized gas-pressurized
Rear springs coil coil coil
Electronic stability system Standard Standard Standard
Tiptronic automatic N/A N/A Available
Transmission 6-spd man w/OD 5-spd man w/OD Standard:
6-spd man w/OD
N/A N/A Available:
6-spd auto w/OD
Axle ratio 4.24 3.90 Standard:
4.33
N/A N/A Available:
3.07
Remote vehicle starting system N/A N/A Available
Specifications 2012 Volkswagen Golf R 2-Door 2012 Subaru Impreza WRX 2014 Kia Forte LX
Exterior length 165.8 " 173.8 " 179.5 "
Exterior body width 70.3 " 70.7 " 70.1 "
Exterior height 57.5 " 58.1 " 56.5 "
Engine 2.0L I-4 2.5L H-4 1.8L I-4
Horsepower 256 @ 6,000 rpm 265 @ 6,000 rpm 148 @ 6,500 rpm
Torque 243 @ 2,400 rpm 244 @ 4,000 rpm 131 @ 4,700 rpm
SAEJ1349 AUG2004 compliant N/A Standard N/A
Fuel economy - city 19 mpg 19 mpg 25 mpg
Fuel economy - highway 27 mpg 25 mpg 37 mpg
Bore-and-Stroke 3.25 / 3.65 " 3.92 / 3.11 " 3.19 / 3.43 "
Curb weight 3,325 lbs. 3,208 lbs. Standard:
2,736 lbs.
N/A N/A Available:
2,776 lbs.
Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) N/A 4,040 lbs. N/A
Payload 1,221 lbs. N/A N/A
Wheelbase 101.5 " 103.3 " 106.3 "
Front track 60.4 " 60.2 " Standard:
61.5 "
N/A N/A Available:
61.1 "
Rear track 59.6 " 60.6 " Standard:
62.0 "
N/A N/A Available:
61.7 "
Turning radius 17.9 ' 17.4 ' 17.4 '
Drag coefficient .34 .34 .27
Front legroom 41.2 " 43.5 " 42.2 "
Rear legroom 35.5 " 33.5 " 35.9 "
Front headroom 39.3 " 40.3 " 39.1 "
Rear headroom 38.5 " 37.6 " 37.3 "
Front hiproom N/A 53.4 " 53.8 "
Rear hiproom N/A 53.3 " 53.1 "
Front shoulder room 54.7 " 54.8 " 56.1 "
Rear shoulder room 53.6 " 53.2 " 54.9 "
Luggage volume 15.3 cu.ft. 19.0 cu.ft. 14.9 cu.ft.
Luggage volume (max) 46.0 cu.ft. 44.4 cu.ft. 14.9 cu.ft.
Passenger volume 93 cu.ft. 95 cu.ft. 96 cu.ft.
Fuel tank 14.5 gal. 16.9 gal. 13.2 gal.