2012 Kia Forte Trims and Specs

Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: mast · Auxiliary audio input: USB, jack · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · SiriusXM Satellite Radio · 4 Total Speakers
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.0 · Front brakes: disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.3 · Rear brakes: disc
Convenience Features Assist handle: front, rear · Cargo area light · Center console: front console with armrest and storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Multi-function remote: controls fuel filler, trunk release · Power outlet(s): two 12V · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt-adjustable · Steering wheel mounted controls: phone · Storage: door pockets, accessory hook · Vanity mirrors: dual
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 6
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 4.33, 2.89
Exterior Features Door handle color: body-color · Front bumper color: body-color · Grille color: black · Mirror color: body-color · Rear bumper color: body-color
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Fuel economy display: MPG, range · Tachometer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Headlights: Halogen, Auto off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: manual, manual folding · Inside rearview mirror: manual day/night
Passenger Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Center armrest · Type: 60-40 split bench
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors: LATCH system · Crumple zones: front, rear · Emergency interior trunk release · Energy absorbing steering column
Seatbelts Front seatbelts: 3-point · Seatbelt pretensioners: front · Second row seatbelts: 3-point
Seats Driver seat manual adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: cloth
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Steering Turns lock-to-lock: 2.90
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: semi-independent · Rear Suspension Type: torsion bar · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Telematics Phone wireless data link: Bluetooth
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims Wheels: steel
Wheels Wheel covers: full
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Rear defogger · Tinted
BK Body Kit $1,095
S4 Rear Spoiler $295
EH Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror W/Compass & Homelink $250
EA Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror W/Compass $180
CF Carpeted Floor Mats $95
CA Cargo Mat $75
CT Cargo Tray $75
BA Rear Bumper Applique $70
CN Cargo Net $50
-PAINT Monotone Paint $0
8O Stone, Seat Trim $0
Price $15,200 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 156 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
26MPG city
36MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$15,200
Invoice$14,900

Transmission Options

Drivetrain FWD
6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
26MPG city
36MPG highway
6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy
25MPG city
34MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/Moonroof--
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.0L 156 hp I4
Power 156 hp @ 6,200 RPM
Torque 144 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume13.7 gal
Front Legroom43.3 in
Back Legroom35 in
Wheelbase104.3 in
Length178.3 in
Width69.9 in
Height57.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume14.7 cu ft
No, it’s not big and bold, and no, it’s not peppy and poised, but the family-oriented 2012 Kia Forte LX compact sedan totes a lot of value in its roomy cabin and 14.7 cubic feet of trun... Read More
No, it’s not big and bold, and no, it’s not peppy and poised, but the family-oriented 2012 Kia Forte LX compact sedan totes a lot of value in its roomy cabin and 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Then there are such further standards as 15-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, a 6-position driver’s seat, tilt-wheel steering, air conditioning and split-folding rear seatbacks.
Standard techno-features include a single-CD player with 4 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod integration and a USB connection, while Bluetooth hands-free communications remain a surprising standard item.
Options for the 2012 Forte LX, meantime, include a rear spoiler, carpeted floor mats, various trunk organizers and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with compass and a universal remote garage door opener.
Powering this little 4-door is the standard 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that mates with the delivered 6-speed manual transmission for 156 hp and 144 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, a 6-speed shiftable automatic that most reviewers laud as particularly well-matched to the four-banger is also available with the base LX trim. With variable-valve-timing (VVT), this economical I4 gets an estimated 25 mpg city/34 highway with the standard 6-speed stick-shift and 26/36 with the available automatic.
Standard safety features aboard Kia’s 2012 Forte LX include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection.
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: mast · Auxiliary audio input: USB, jack · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · SiriusXM Satellite Radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.0 · Front brakes: disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.3 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats
Convenience Features Assist handle: front, rear · Cargo area light · Center console: front console with armrest and storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Multi-function remote: controls fuel filler, trunk release, keyless entry · Power outlet(s): two 12V · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, phone · Storage: door pockets, sunglasses holder, accessory hook · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 6
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 2.89
Exterior Features Door handle color: body-color · Front bumper color: body-color · Grille color: black · Mirror color: body-color · Rear bumper color: body-color
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Fuel economy display: MPG, range · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Headlights: Halogen, Auto off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated · Inside rearview mirror: manual day/night
Passenger Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Center armrest · Type: 60-40 split bench
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors: LATCH system · Crumple zones: front, rear · Emergency interior trunk release · Energy absorbing steering column
Seatbelts Front seatbelts: 3-point · Seatbelt pretensioners: front · Second row seatbelts: 3-point
Seats Driver seat manual adjustments: height · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: cloth
Security Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Steering Turns lock-to-lock: 2.90
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: semi-independent · Rear Suspension Type: torsion bar · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Telematics Phone wireless data link: Bluetooth
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Wheels Wheel covers: full
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
TCK Tech PKG $1,800
BK Body Kit $1,095
PT Premium PKG $950
EM Fuel Economy PKG $300
S4 Rear Spoiler $295
RS Remote Start $295
EH Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror W/Compass & Homelink $250
EA Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror W/Compass $180
CA Cargo Mat $75
CT Cargo Tray $75
BA Rear Bumper Applique $70
CN Cargo Net $50
WL Wheel Locks $45
WK Black, Seat Trim $0
-PAINT Monotone Paint $0
8O Stone, Seat Trim $0
Price $17,600 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.0L 156 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
26MPG city
36MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$17,600
Invoice$16,760

Transmission

Drivetrain FWD
6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
26MPG city
36MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather Seats--
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.0L 156 hp I4
Power 156 hp @ 6,200 RPM
Torque 144 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume13.7 gal
Front Legroom43.3 in
Back Legroom35 in
Wheelbase104.3 in
Length178.3 in
Width69.9 in
Height57.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume14.7 cu ft
As the midlevel trim in Kia’s 2012 Forte lineup, the Forte EX sports a slew of standard features, not to mention a hefty 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Additionally, look for standard ... Read More
As the midlevel trim in Kia’s 2012 Forte lineup, the Forte EX sports a slew of standard features, not to mention a hefty 14.7 cubic feet of trunk space. Additionally, look for standard 15-inch steel wheels, cloth upholstery, a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, split-folding rear seats, full power accessories, including heated power-adjustable outside mirrors, cruise control, front and rear floor mats and, new for 2012, telescoping tilt-wheel steering.
Entertainment is presented via a single-CD player with 6 speakers, auxiliary iPod integration, satellite radio and a USB port, with Bluetooth hands-free calling also delivered as standard equipment.
Options for the 2012 Forte EX include an auto-dimming rear-view mirror with compass and a universal remote garage door opener, as well as carpeted floor mats, a rear spoiler and various trunk organizers.
The available Technology Package, meantime, includes push-button start, a navigation system, a rear-view camera, automatic climate control in front, and, also new for 2012, the Supervision data-screen gauge cluster. A Premium Package that’s also available to the EX includes a power sunroof and 16-inch alloy wheels, while this midlevel trim additionally remains eligible for the Fuel Economy Package boasting electric power steering, low rolling resistance tires and aerodynamic styling enhancements. Remote engine start, finally, is offered as a standalone option, as is a rear deck spoiler.
Standard power for the 2012 Forte EX is a variable-valve-timed (VVT) 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine. Mated with the standard 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission, this compact 4-door boasts 156 hp and 144 lb-ft or torque. Mileage, meanwhile, is estimated at 26 mpg city/36 highway with the standard configuration and 27/37 when equipped with the available Fuel Economy Package.
Notable standard safety features aboard the 2012 Forte EX remain 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Further standard safety items include turn-signal-integrated mirrors and front fog/driving lights, with LED daytime running lights again an available safety option.
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.
Air Conditioning Front air conditioning · Single front air conditioning zones
Airbags Dual front airbags · Passenger airbag deactivation: occupant sensing deactivation · Front side airbags · Side curtain airbags: front, rear
Audio System Antenna Type: mast · Auxiliary audio input: USB, jack · Single disc in-Dash CD · MP3 player: CD MP3 Playback · AM/FM radio · SiriusXM Satellite Radio · 6 Total Speakers
Brakes ABS: 4-wheel · Braking assist · Electronic brakeforce distribution · Front brake diameter: 11.8 · Front brakes: disc · Rear brake diameter: 10.3 · Rear brakes: disc
Comfort Features Floor Mat Material: carpet · Floor Mats: front · Rear floor mats · Shift knob trim: leather · Steering wheel trim: leather
Convenience Features Assist handle: front, rear · Cargo area light · Center console: front console with armrest and storage · Cruise control · Cupholders: rear, front · Multi-function remote: controls fuel filler, trunk release, keyless entry · Power outlet(s): two 12V · Power steering: speed-proportional · Reading lights: front · Steering wheel: tilt and telescopic · Steering wheel mounted controls: cruise controls, paddle shifter, phone · Storage: door pockets, sunglasses holder, accessory hook · Vanity mirrors: dual illuminating
Driver Seat Manual adjustments: 6
Drivetrain Axle ratio: 2.89
Exterior Features Door handle color: body-color · Front bumper color: body-color · Grille color: black · Mirror color: body-color · Rear bumper color: body-color
Headrests Front headrests: adjustable · Number of front headrests: 2 · Number of rear headrests: 2
Instrumentation Fuel economy display: MPG, range · Tachometer · Trip computer · Warnings and reminders: low fuel level, tire fill alert
Lights Front fog lights · Headlights: Halogen, Auto off
Mirrors Exterior mirrors: power, integrated turn signals, heated · Inside rearview mirror: manual day/night
Passenger Seat Adjustable lumbar support: manual · Manual Adjustments: 4
Rear Seats Center armrest · Type: 60-40 split bench
Safety Active head restraints: driver · Body side reinforcements: side impact door beams · Child safety locks · Child seat anchors: LATCH system · Crumple zones: front, rear · Emergency interior trunk release · Energy absorbing steering column
Seatbelts Front seatbelts: 3-point · Seatbelt pretensioners: front · Second row seatbelts: 3-point
Seats Driver seat manual adjustments: height · Front seat type: bucket · Rear headrests: adjustable · Rear seat folding: split · Upholstery: premium cloth
Security Power door locks
Stability and Traction Stability control · Traction control
Steering Turns lock-to-lock: 2.90
Suspension Front Arm Type: lower control arms · Front Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Front Spring Type: coil springs · Front Suspension Classification: independent · Front Suspension Type: MacPherson struts · Rear Shock Type: gas shock absorbers · Rear Spring Type: coil springs · Rear Suspension Classification: semi-independent · Rear Suspension Type: torsion bar · Sport Suspension · Stabilizer bar(s): front
Telematics Phone wireless data link: Bluetooth
Tires Tire Pressure Monitoring System · Type: all season
Tires and Rims Wheels: alloy
Windows Front wipers: variable intermittent · Power windows · Rear defogger · Tinted
TEK Tech PKG $1,800
BK Body Kit $1,095
LEA Leather PKG $1,000
MR PWR Tilt Sunroof $750
S4 Rear Spoiler $295
RS Remote Start $295
EH Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror W/Compass & Homelink $250
EA Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror W/Compass $180
CA Cargo Mat $75
CT Cargo Tray $75
BA Rear Bumper Applique $70
CN Cargo Net $50
WL Wheel Locks $45
WK Black, Seat Trim $0
-PAINT Monotone Paint $0
Price $19,100 MSRP
Body Style Sedan
Engine 2.4L 173 hp I4
Seating 5
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
32MPG highway
Drivetrain FWD

Price

MSRP$19,100
Invoice$18,190

Transmission

Drivetrain FWD
6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy
23MPG city
32MPG highway

Safety

Driver AirbagStandard
Passenger AirbagStandard
Front Side AirbagsStandard
Rear Side Airbags--
Curtain AirbagsStandard
ABS BrakesStandard

Amenities

Sunroof/MoonroofOptional
Air ConditioningStandard
Leather SeatsOptional
Power SeatsPassenger: Standard
Power WindowsStandard
Power Door LocksStandard
Navigation System--
StereoRadio, CD Player

Engine

2.4L 173 hp I4
Power 173 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque 168 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Dimensions

Maximum Seating5 seats
Fuel Tank Volume13.7 gal
Front Legroom43.3 in
Back Legroom35 in
Wheelbase104.3 in
Length178.3 in
Width69.9 in
Height57.5 in

Cargo and Towing

Cargo Volume14.7 cu ft
Look for a sport-tuned suspension, not to mention a beefier 4-cylinder powerplant and a bunch of extra amenities in Kia’s flagship 2012 Forte SX compact sedan. Like its siblings, this 5... Read More
Look for a sport-tuned suspension, not to mention a beefier 4-cylinder powerplant and a bunch of extra amenities in Kia’s flagship 2012 Forte SX compact sedan. Like its siblings, this 5-place family car can tote 14.7 cubic feet of cargo in its surprisingly spacious trunk and offers pleasant accommodations at least in the front seats of its feature-laden cabin.
Standard 17-inch alloy wheels and heated power-adjustable mirrors adorn the outside of this sporty 4-door, while premium cloth upholstery, split-folding rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, and leather and simulated alloy accents grace this top-shelf trim’s interior. Of course air conditioning is also delivered with the sport-oriented SX, as are standard telescoping tilt-wheel steering, full power accessories, front and rear floor mats, and a trip computer.
Entertainment is presented via a single-CD player with 6 speakers, satellite radio, auxiliary iPod interface and a USB connection, while standard Bluetooth hands-free communications keeps everyone in touch.
Options in the top-shelf 2012 Forte SX include the SX Technology Package, with a navigation suite, Smart Key push-button start, a rear-view camera and front automatic climate control. The available Leather Package, meanwhile, offers leather-trimmed upholstery, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and heated front seats, with remote engine start, various trunk organizers and a universal remote garage door opener also remaining available in a number of combinations and configurations. Finally, a power sunroof and/ or a rear deck spoiler can be delivered as standalone options.
Powering the flagship Forte SX is a peppy and economical variable-valve-timed (VVT) 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4) engine that mates with the standard 6-speed automatic transmission (with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters) for 173 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. Look for an estimated 23 mpg city/32 highway from this beefed-up four-banger.
Noteworthy standard safety features, finally, include 4-wheel antilock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control, front and rear head airbags, front side-mounted airbags and front head restraint whiplash protection. Also helping out, safety-wise, are standard turn-signal-integrated mirrors and front fog/driving lights, while LED daytime driving lights are optional.
SX Luxury
Adds to LX:
No additional major features.