Kia Forte Shows Off Its Schnoz: 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
kia forte shows off its schnoz 2012 los angeles auto show

Yesterday we showed off the profile of the 2014 Kia Forte. Now here’s the mug.

Unlike its twin the Hyundai Elantra, the Forte will come with either a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque or a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. The base engine gets a choice of 6-speed transmissions, while the 2.0 is strictly a slushbox. Also borrowed from the Elantra is the selectable steering system.

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  • Fred Fred on Nov 29, 2012

    Nice looking cars with lots of "features" that but they drive like the economy car they are.

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    • SC5door SC5door on Nov 29, 2012

      @SC5door I drive a current Forte SX and once the tires were swapped from the factory Goodyears it doesn't drive bad at all.

  • Kyree Kyree on Nov 29, 2012

    I think Kia and Hyundai are doing wonderfully on desirability, content and reliability, but it's time they started really sweating the details and making their cars more enthusiast-oriented, so that they can sway the naysayers who would rather buy, say, a Subaru Imprezza or Volkswagen Jetta. The next-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan would be one such opportunity to improve on dynamics and REALLY make the car a 5-Series for less money. I'm so tired of hearing, "It's an excellent car, BUT..." I'm really rooting for this company...

  • Alan Many of the comments reflect a poor attitude of who should be f@#ked over with little thought on why the fines are imposed. Humans have used a system of penalties/imprisonment for centuries and it doesn't work. What does work is limiting a persons freedoms. If their is a compliance issue, ie, VW with its Dieselgate and huge fines doesn't alter the way VW operate (I'd bet VAG is still finding ways to circumvent the system). This is human, if we know there is no or little chance of a genuine effort to conform things will stay the same, until electronic devices are used to regulate speed. Then we will here the whining about freedumbs. When your behaviour impacts anothers' freedom it isn't freedom anymore. Like guns as well, as well as white collar crime, etc. Controls and regulations tend to protect the rich, even driving regulations, so just remove the driving licences of serial offenders, their freedom. If they persevere imprison them.
  • MaintenanceCosts The Thunderbird SVE used a supercharged version of the 2-valve Mod, not the 4-valve one at issue here.There were nonstop rumors in the early 90s that the 4-valve engine would end up in the P71, making a true competitor to the LT1-powered bubble Caprice, but it never happened.
  • MaintenanceCosts Removing hardware that is already present in a physical machine you bought is theft. Someone affected should sue Tesla for conversion.It's just one more example of the sort of sharp business practices that you expect with Elmo at the helm..
  • Theflyersfan Needed an updated picture of Philadelphia to replace the rather nice ones above.
  • Arthur Dailey Any vehicle with a continental hump, even if vestigial, gets a thumbs up from me.