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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2012 LA Auto Show
Kia Forte

What is it? Kia promises more interior room and an assortment of amenities not normally found in the class with the next-generation Forte compact sedan. The slightly longer and wider new Forte offers seating for five in a sleeker, more stylish ride.

Base LX models get a 148-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while EX models will be powered by a 173-hp, 2.0-liter four. Performance and fuel economy will be improved.

What's new or notable? As Kia continues the strategy of packing a lot of content into an affordable package, the new Forte is available with a host of electronic features and creature comforts not normally found in the class, including heated and ventilated seats front and rear and a heated steering wheel.  

CR's take: The outgoing Forte was rather rough around the edges. The new car is based on the Hyundai Elantra, a former CR Top Pick. With the promise of good fuel economy, and a relatively roomy interior, the new Forte has the potential to be ranked as one of the better compact sedans especially if ride, handling, and noise isolation are improved over the last one.

When will it be available? Early 2013.

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