2012 Kia Forte Koup

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$17,200

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2012 Kia Forte Koup
2012 Kia Forte Koup

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Crisp, clean styling
  • Linear braking
  • Powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder
  • Sensibly arranged controls
  • Hatchback versatility

The bad:

  • Firm ride
  • Raspy four-cylinder engines
  • Six-speed automatic holds low gears too long
  • Backseat legroom
  • Optional heated front seats only have one level

2 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • EX

    $17,200

  • SX

    $18,600

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2012 Kia Forte Koup trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

  • Sedan, coupe or hatchback
  • Choice of four-cylinder engines
  • Standard USB port
  • Optional push-button start

2012 Kia Forte Koup review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Forte is Kia’s entry in the compact-car segment, and it’s available with a choice of four-cylinder engines and comes standard with numerous safety features. It’s sold as a sedan, a four-door hatchback and a coupe, which Kia calls the Koup. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla.

New for 2012
For the 2012 model year, EX trim levels of the Forte gain a telescoping steering wheel and the Forte five-door hatchback is no longer available with a manual transmission.

Exterior
The Forte sports crisp styling that gives the sedan an athletic shape. You don’t have to look too closely to find resemblances to other small cars. The front end, for instance, looks similar to a Civic, and the Forte’s taillights look like the Mitsubishi Lancer’s. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 15-inch steel wheels with covers
  • Optional 16-inch alloy wheels
  • SX version gets sport suspension and 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Optional sunroof

Interior
There are available steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Kia says the sedan’s trunk offers 14.7 cubic feet of cargo space, and the hatchback has 19.4 cubic feet of space. Interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats
  • Optional leather upholstery
  • Optional heated front seats
  • Optional air conditioning
  • Optional keyless entry
  • Optional telescoping steering wheel
  • Optional navigation system with backup camera
  • Optional push-button start

Under the Hood
LX and EX models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 156 horsepower. Choosing the SX trim brings a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 173 hp. Mechanical features include:

  • Standard six-speed manual transmission
  • Optional six-speed automatic
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  •  Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  •  Side curtain airbags
  •  Antilock brakes
  •  Electronic stability system
  •  Active head restraints for the front seats

 

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.3
  • Interior design 4.4
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.4
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

The best car I’ve ever owned.

Even used, this vehicle impressed me endlessly. From the speed and power to the handling and fuel efficiency. It’s been my daily driver for almost 8 months and I honestly plan on getting another newer one (if they make it) after my SX dies.

4.9

Love the 2012 Kia Forte Koup

This is a Great Car!! 2012, purchased new. Racing red. 6 Speed Manual. Lots of get-up-and-go. I'm 6'0" and good legroom in rear. Rides like a sports car .. a little stiff. Styling is perfect and still looks current.

4.7

Fun, Dependable Little Car

I bought my Kia Koup in 2012 and kept it for almost 7 years. It had most available options. Very dependable and economical but fun to drive too. Decent performance all-around - accelerations, cornering and stopping. Surprisingly roomy for a small car. No issues whatsoever for 7 years. Traded it at 70K miles for another Kia.

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Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
5 years or newer/less than 60,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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