2012 Kia Forte
70,009 Miles | Inglewood, CA
$9,998
est. $144/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
66,150 Miles | Naperville, IL
$9,998
est. $144/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
93,790 Miles | Riverside, CA
$9,599
est. $138/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
56,671 Miles | Milwaukie, OR
$10,599
est. $153/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
29,933 Miles | Norwood, MA
$11,599
est. $167/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
150,951 Miles | Garfield, NJ
$2,999
est. $43/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
87,868 Miles | Portland, OR
$6,950
est. $100/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
109,865 Miles | Schaumburg, IL
$4,772
est. $69/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
54,211 Miles | Longview, TX
$8,995
est. $130/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
106,283 Miles | Lake City, MI
$5,990
est. $86/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
103,678 Miles | Watertown, CT
$5,488
est. $79/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
100,084 Miles | Brick, NJ
$5,955
est. $86/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
84,255 Miles | Belton, TX
$8,099
est. $117/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
38,850 Miles | El Cerrito, CA
$6,995
est. $101/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
70,950 Miles | Sellersville, PA
$7,098
est. $102/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
80,000 Miles | Pittsburgh, PA
$6,499
est. $94/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
123,002 Miles | Hyannis, MA
$4,997
est. $72/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
133,319 Miles | Eastampton, NJ
$4,995
est. $72/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
128,765 Miles | Lakewood, CO
$6,795
est. $98/mo

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2012 Kia Forte
133,381 Miles | Greenville, SC
$4,495
est. $65/mo

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2012 Kia Forte Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
4.0
2 Reviews
Overall
4.0
Value
4.5
Performance
4.5
Style
4.5
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0

2012 Kia Forte Owner Ratings & Reviews

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2012 Kia Forte - A great small car for most drivers

Tyler
Frankfort, Kentucky
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
My Kia Forte came in a limited set of colors, which made it so that I accepted a silver color rather than the deep blue or purple I would have preferred. The car seemed to handle great with no real issues save one recall for seat belts -- something I'd never encountered any difficulty or trouble with during the time I owned the car. The only negative that I can really say about the car is that it isn't as aerodynamic as I would like as it has no sport fin and that it seems to have a loose transmission in the automatic "stick" design for the gear shift... though that issue didn't arise until nearly six years after I began driving it, and approaching 100,000 miles.
Story
As I've used the car a lot for work, the most memorable times I've had were in taking others to and from work with me. Because of this, the most memorable was probably when someone told me that my car was the next thing to a Cadillac when they heart the sound system and felt how smooth the car rode down the interstate. If you take good care of a Kia, they can be reliable and nice cars.
Pros
It's great that the Kia Forte has a good sound system installed so unless you want extreme bass, you don't have to upgrade. It comes with XM radio, dual FM and AM tuners, all with a six-preset for one-touch access to your favorite radio stations. Additionally, it comes with a CD player and a hide-away USB port that allows for mp3s to be played directly through the stereo system, with full controls on the radio so there's no need to fumble with an mp3 device while trying to drive. It's also very nice that controls are duplicated on the steering wheel, making it easier for the driver to cont... (more)
Cons
Unfortunately, every vehicle has some negatives, and the Kia Forte is no different. To replace headlights or tail lights, you have to remove the entire light housing. When leaving the car out in the snow, it will sometimes "lock up" in the cold, meaning you have to push the fear shift completely forward in park, hold down the break and turn the steering wheel just to be able to unlock the steering column so you can turn the key in the ignition. I had to call about the problem the first time, though once they told me what to do, it's fixed the problem the next five times it occurred... usua... (more)

2012 Kia Forte - Overall quite satisfactory for the price.

Carl
Kennewick, Washington
Overall
4.0
Value
5.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
4.0
Overall, I have been quite pleased with my 2012 KIA Forte SX. I would absolutely consider it a reliable car. I have driven my Kia Forte on many road trips and have only ever had an issue with my starter functionality wise. Although, that is a problem that has had to be replaced...2X. I've taken it to California and Vegas a few times and always felt safe in the vehicle. I would consider it a good car for a first-time driver, I feel the car handles on the road quite well as long as tires are replaced in accordance to tire tread guidelines. The low-profile tires don't last as long, but they look great! As far as gas mileage goes, I feel the Kia Forte does exceptionally well. I always receive at least 25 miles to the gallon, and on the highway, I can get into the 40 mpg range if I drive sm... (more)
Story
Every year I take my car to our annual water follies. I always drive my friends, we always take my car and it's always fun getting ready to go to the races and mingle with everyone. We roll up windows and sun roof open, music blaring, drinks and our coolers, just waiting for the unexpected!
Pros
Very smooth handling and accelerates very well. Gas mileage is not bad at all. The car looks sporty being the SX with the spoiler and upgraded alloy wheels but gives you the durability and reliability and great mileage.
Cons
I think some of the materials used in the interior are cheap. The wraps were coming off my door handles after a year or 2, and when that happens, they become sharp and easy to cut yourself on. I went through 2 starters in the first 3 years -- which I thought was odd given the new vehicle. I also don't like that when you have the air conditioner turned all the way off, air is still bowing through your vents.

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