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

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

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...

  • Bd2 Geeze, Anal sure likes to spread his drivelA huge problem was Fisher and his wife - who overspent when they were flush with cash and repeatedly did things ad hoc and didn't listen to their employees (who had more experience when it came to auto manufacturing, engineering, etc).
  • Tassos My Colleague Mike B bought one of these (the 300 SEL, same champagne color) new around June 1990. I thought he paid $50k originally but recently he told me it was $62k. At that time my Accord 1990 Coupe LX cost new, all included, $15k. So today the same car means $150k for the S class and $35k-40k for the Accord. So those %0 or 62k , these were NOT worthless, Idiot Joe Biden devalued dollars, so he paid AN ARM AND A LEG. And he babied the car, he really loved it, despite its very weak I6 engine with a mere 177 HP and 188 LBFT, and kept it forever. By the time he asked me to drive it (to take him to the dealer because his worthless POS Buick Rainier "SUV" needed expensive repairs (yes, it was a cheap Buick but he had to shell out thousands), the car needed a lot of suspension work, it drove like an awful clunker. He ended up donating it after 30 years or so. THIS POS is no different, and much older. Its CHEAPSKATE owner should ALSO donate it to charity instead of trying to make a few measly bucks off its CARCASS. Pathetic!
  • RHD The re-paint looks like it was done with a four-inch paintbrush. As far as VWs go, it's a rebadged Seat... which is still kind of a VW, made in Mexico from a Complete Knock-Down kit. 28 years in Mexico being driven like a flogged mule while wearing that ridiculous rear spoiler is a tough life, but it has actually survived... It's unique (to us), weird, funky (very funky), and certainly not worth over five grand plus the headaches of trying to get it across the border and registered at the local DMV.
  • Kat Laneaux I get the point that Musk is making. I wouldn't want everyone to know my secrets. If they did, they could or would shout it out to the world. But then, if Musk certified certain folks and had them sign Confidentiality agreements, which would allow them to work on cars that Musk had made, that could allow others to work on his cars and not confine vehicle owners to be charged an arm and a leg for the service. It's a catch 22. People are greedy little buggers. If they can find a way to make money, they will even if it wrong. People...sad.
  • 285exp I have been assured that EVs don’t require maintenance, so this seems pointless.