$5,223 - $6,672
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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LX Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,223 - $6,672
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
25-26 City / 34-36 HWY

LX Features & Specs

Interior Features

  • Front bucket seats w/active headrests -inc: 6-way manual driver seat
  • 60/40 split-folding rear bench seat w/adjustable headrests -inc: center armrest
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Center console w/armrest & storage
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • EcoMinder fuel efficiency monitor
  • Tachometer
  • Digital clock
  • Fuel door, hood & trunk remote release
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear window defroster
  • (2) front/(2) rear cup holders -inc: front chrome ring trim
  • Dual 12V pwr outlets
  • Front door map pockets w/bottle holders
  • Dual visor vanity mirrors
  • Cargo area light

Entertainment Features

  • AM/FM stereo w/CD/MP3 player -inc: aux input jack, USB port, (4) speakers
  • SIRIUS satellite radio
  • Bluetooth hands-free link -inc: steering wheel controls
  • Roof-mounted antenna

Exterior Features

  • 15" x 5.5" steel wheels w/full covers
  • 195/65R15 tires
  • Body-color bumpers -inc: rear garnish
  • Clear-lens headlamps w/auto-off
  • Body-color pwr mirrors
  • Tinted windshield glass w/shade band
  • Solar control door glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Body-color door handles

Safety Features

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Brake assist system (BAS)
  • Electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control system (TCS)
  • Front/rear crumple zones
  • 5-MPH bumpers
  • Side impact door beams
  • Dual front advanced airbags -inc: passenger occupancy sensor
  • Front seat side mounted airbags
  • Full-length side curtain airbags
  • 3-point height-adjustable front seat belts w/pretensioners & force limiters
  • 3-point rear seat belts for all positions
  • Lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
  • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Impact-absorbing steering column
  • Internal emergency trunk release
  • Rear child safety door locks

Mechanical Features

  • 2.0L CVVT DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 6-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension -inc: coil springs, monotube shock absorbers, stabilizer bar
  • Torsion beam rear suspension -inc: coil springs, monotube shock absorbers
  • Speed-sensitive hydraulic pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Ventilated front/solid rear pwr disc brakes

2012 Kia Forte Owner Reviews

175 Reviews
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Love this little car! Great on gas and handles beautifully!

2012 Kia Forte LX

It is a beautiful little car. Great for a first car but doesn't handle well on snow or ice. It gets pretty decent gas mileage in my opinion and I'm running it on back country roads and highways. Handles well and it's roomy for a small car. Automatic gears, satellite radio capability, phone pairing capabilities, large trunk, and seats 5. I have two car seats in the back and can comfortably fit another small passenger in the backseat. I did notice that once the gas got below half a tank that it does tend to go faster than when it is above half a tank. Came with a key fob to unlock doors and pop the trunk. Gas tank release is located on the driver side floor area. I don't know much about cars but the controls are clearly labeled and easy to understand. Lets me know when my tire pressure is low. Also has an outdoor temperature gage. It has a built in USB port to charge your phone as well as a port for an auxiliary cord. Radio is completely adjustable for bass and such and volume is good. It also has an anti lock brake system which is very nice especially when driving country roads when you never know when an animal may run out into the road. I haven't really had any problems with my car other than not really being able to drive it in the snow and ice. I would give it a solid 7 out of 10.

- Kayla H

2012 Kia Forte is just a great all-around car.

2012 Kia Forte LX

This Kia has been a great vehicle for the past 3 years. I find that all of the seats are spacious and comfortable, and there is a good amount of storage space for drinks, manuals, cargo, and such. The controls are great. I haven't had any problems with the steering, and the performance is quite sporty while also still feeling sensible. But I can say that the brakes are not as stiff/responsive as other cars I have driven. Essentially you just have to push down a little further to get the same amount of deceleration. It isn't too hard to get used to, however. The odometer/radio/etc. glows in a bright red, which can be disorienting at times. The car does have the option to dim or brighten the display, though. The main problems I've had with this vehicle are mostly due to the fact that it was bought second-hand. The steering wheel was angled a bit and needed to be readjusted, and the A/C had a few problems. But I'm sure a Forte bought new wouldn't have these problems. In my experience, Kia Forte is a great little car. If you need a good personal or business vehicle, I can definitely recommend it.

- Eric B

2012 Kia forte lx, . A snappy little car that is comfortable and easy to handle.

2012 Kia Forte LX

My car is pretty basic. I do not have automatic locks or windows. I have enjoyed the car and it has really caused me no problems. I feel my car is very reliable, I keep it maintained pretty well. It is comfortable for me to drive, well, I do not drive anymore, my daughter drives it and she likes it as well. She would like there to be auto locks and windows though, haha. We have SiriusXM in the car, and a CD player, which is an upgrade from my previous car. Also, you can hook up your phone to play your own music. I have taken this car on short trips and long trips and it is comfortable. It heats up quickly and cools down quickly. The trunk is pretty roomy and the back seat holds 3 but more comfortably, 2. The gas mileage is ok, probably 30 miles per gallon on the highway?? Well, let's put it this way, I can fill up and drive to St. Paul, which is 150 miles away, on half a tank like I said, we were not able to afford a very expensive car and this has done very well for us. 7 years old and still using the same battery. I have changed the tires once.

- Molly C

Dependable nice looking very reasonably priced car

2012 Kia Forte LX

I enjoy my car very much it's good in winter haven't had any problems I get decent gas mileage. The seats are comfortable lots of trunk space you can lay down back seat lots of room. Lots of room to seat 4 people very comfortably. I like the way it looks very modern very reasonably priced. Controls for cruise control the radio/CD player also can play music in auxiliary mode. Has places to charge cell phone and other devices

- Lori C

Kia is an affordable and good car. It is what Toyota was when it started out.

2012 Kia Forte LX

Kia is a good and reliable car to have. The gasoline consumption is average. So far, we have not had any major engine problems with it. You have to watch and check the tires, though bec. The original tires that came with the new vehicles we purchased are not sturdy and it gave an immediate flat tire after three years of driving it. We had it replaced with a sturdier brand.

- Marilyn A

This vehicle is that you can connect to Bluetooth, or aux.

2012 Kia Forte LX

Very high powered vehicle with clean interior. Only downfall, in my opinion, is that this vehicle is not very roomy. Definitely for a single family, or teenager vehicle. Great car if you are looking to save money on gas. Reliable if taken care of. Has Bluetooth, USB ports, and others. Although there are no air vents for the rear seats of the vehicle, it cools nicely.

- Megan B

Dependable comfortable commuter car.

2012 Kia Forte LX

Vehicle is dependable and gets good gas mileage, is roomy but still small enough to navigate and park in a metro area. Some road noise but overall a comfortable ride. Add ons, after market work and general maintenance and repairs are relatively inexpensive and much of the work can be done yourself if you have some knowledge of vehicle maintenance.

- Mikes L

White Kia Forte with black interior

2012 Kia Forte LX

I really enjoy my 2012 Kia Forte. It's not a very big car, pretty normal size to small, but there is a good bit of room on the inside anyways; my 6 foot 7 brother fits no problem. It has a very smooth ride. I love the Bluetooth feature so I can listen to podcasts and music on my drive to work.

- Caleb J

The always reliable Kia Forte

2012 Kia Forte LX

Absolutely no problems with this car. I love being able to have my phone linked through Bluetooth as well as others can save their phone on my car. Although it may not be the biggest it is just the right size for me and my family. 100% reliable this car has never let me down.

- A B

Great Start-up car for anyone.

2012 Kia Forte LX

Kia Forte, is a very comfortable car. Very nice design. Tons of room in trunk, for it being a small car. Great gas mileage. Smooth running. Cab is roomy for driver and passengers. Windshield wiper speed could be the only thing I change on this car. Great family vehicle.

- Amy H

My forte was my first brand new car and I am very happy with my choice.

2012 Kia Forte LX

I love the gas mileage I get with my forte. I can go almost 2 weeks between fill ups. I have not had any mechanical issues, just the regular oil change and tire rotation. It handles well in all weather, and I feel safe driving it with my family and friends in the car.

- Mary F

Best vehicle I have ever had

2012 Kia Forte LX

The Kia Forte is a reliable sedan that gets good gas mileage. It wears brakes well. I don't have much maintenance. It's a dark gray car with silver trim. I have no complaints with this vehicle. My kids love it. I would recommend this vehicle to anybody to buy

- Jesse A

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