By on November 29, 2012


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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27 Comments on “Kia Forte Shows Off Its Schnoz: 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show...”

  • avatar
    Dirk Stigler

    Anyone else think this looks like a different interpretation of a 4-door Focus, with the greenhouse from the 5-door? It could also be a more modern version of a VW Jetta (I know, Schreyer) … poor Kia, they always seem to be copying something else.

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t see the ‘copying’ you refer to, except of Kia’s own Optima and Rio, neither of which look like anything else.

      • 0 avatar

        I agree with gslippy

        I think the only copying is more because of the market segment size, that dictates certain things so there will always be some similarities but nothing I would call copying.

        Kia has it’s own style and I think one that is quite striking, especially on the optima.

  • avatar

    KIA must include a passenger compression algorithm so people can fit under that rear roofline.

  • avatar

    My friend just bought a 4-door ford focus and that looks nothing like the focus except for the fact that it’s a 4-door compact car. Saying that it also looks like a Modern Jetta is absurd. The previous Jetta always looked like a Toyota Corolla and the new one looks like a mini late model Impala.

    Kia cars has came a long way and has defiantly improved on it’s looks. I’m curious on what the 2 door coupe will look like.

  • avatar

    Who is it who actually buys Hyundais and Kias? I’ve never met anyone who has bought one, yet they manage to post remarkable sales figures.

    • 0 avatar
      bumpy ii

      People who want something like a Toyota or Honda without paying the Toyota or Honda premium.

    • 0 avatar

      Putting aside the rental companies I’ve worked for, no individuals that I’ve known well have ever bought a car from either brand, but there are scads of them on the road. I come in contact with many owners of both brands. I’ve yet to hear a bad personal experience from any of them. They always seem overly pleased with their vehicles and more readily share these positive experiences than any other group of car owners I’ve encountered. This stretches back around 10 years, too, well before they started with their current technology and styling pushes and became press darlings.

    • 0 avatar
      George B

      I have a couple friends who own Hyundai Genesis Coupes. Nice RWD car for people not interested either a big retro muscle car or a luxury coupe. Other friends own Hyundai Sonatas and seem to be happy with them as a Camry alternative. My neighbor owns a Kia Sorrento.

    • 0 avatar

      I did.

      I’ll be honest, I bought a Forte 5 door because I wanted a hatch. The toss was between the Focus, Mazda 3, and the Kia.

      The current Forte has decent styling but it’s not over done. (I’m looking at you Mazda 3).

      The Mazda was out because of the interior. The Focus was out because of the launch issues at MAP. I picked the Kia up for a good price and decided to give it a shot.

      The road noise is a bit loud, the tires from the factory were lousy, and I had an issue with the drivers side mirror that was replaced under warranty.

      Otherwise it’s only been back to the shop for oil changes. 60K, since early 2011. The brakes are still original, and have plenty of material left on them…which I didn’t expect since I’ve had to replace front pads on my domestics in the 30K range, so in the closet sits the replacement pads for the Kia (Which they use ceramic pads, front and rear).

      Would I buy one again? We’ll see after 150K if I feel the same. But so far, it’s a no questions asked “YES”. Unlike the Chryslers, Ford’s and GM’s that I’ve had which I’ve had…for instance my Focus went into the shop 7 times before 60K, my Dakota was in the shop 9 times before 60K and this was for decent cost repair items. (Sunroof motor, wheel bearings, fuel pump to name a few on the Focus….Power steering rack, transmission lines, rear axle issues on the Dakota)

    • 0 avatar

      I bought one. See it in my avatar. Sportage – and it’s a great car. I bought it 6 months after we bought my wife’s Sorento. Her car sold me on Kia. My Focus SVT imploded after 130,000 miles.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Lots of conquest buyers. Nice car, nice price, nice daily driver for the working person.

    • 0 avatar


      You’ve got to be kidding. Hyundai and Kia are the #7 and #8 best-selling brands in the US, respectively. Together, they’d be #4 in the US.

      I have both a Hyundai and a Kia, and see a bunch of them in my office parking lot.

  • avatar
    Jason Lombard

    Looks like headlights are still the new fenders.

    • 0 avatar

      I’m truly disappointed that they had to screw up one of the biggest advantage they had over the competition ; sensible headlight/tail light design and proportions. Who cares if it kinda looked like a Civic from the front, the previous Forte was one of the few sub-compacts that escaped the whole cartoonish design trend. I had hope that there were still some manufacturers out there that understood that small/economical does not have to automatically translate into a cute, cartoonish or “expressive” design.

      For what it’s worth, my mother choose a Forte back in 2010 and she absolutely loves it and it has not given her any problems so far.

  • avatar

    For the coupe to be truly successful, they need to put a 6-spd manual behind the 2-litre engine. Overall, the 4-door is not a bad looking car.

  • avatar
    Freddy M

    I retract my opinion yesterday about this looking like a Dart. Perhaps in profile that’s it. But the above pic truly does make it look like a small Optima. And that’s not a bad thing.

  • avatar

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

  • avatar

    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…

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