NEW FOR 2012:

– Forte Koup adds standard body-colour door handles; chrome handles only on SX Luxury trim
– Exterior colour: Sweet Orange discontinued

For 2012, the Kia Forte is unchanged, except for the door handles on the Koup.

The Forte comes as the four-door sedan, four-door hatchback Forte5-Door, and the two-door Koup. All are available with a choice of 2.0-litre cylinder or 2.4-litre four-cylinder. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic. The six-speed automatic is the only choice in the sedan and Forte5 in SX Luxury trim.

The sedan and Forte5-Door are available as the LX and EX, with 2.0-litre, and as the SX and SX Luxury with 2.4-litre. The Koup comes as the EX with 2.0-litre or SX and SX Luxury with 2.4-litre.

Features on the LX sedan and Forte5-Door include 15-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, body-colour door handles and rear garnish, front and rear mud guards, power locks, CD/MP3 stereo with steering wheel-mounted audio controls, four speakers, auxiliary and USB input, Bluetooth connectivity, power windows with driver’s express-down, dual front console power outlets, centre console with storage compartment, variable intermittent wipers, map light with sunglasses holder, Eco-Minder indicator, driver’s height adjuster, tilt wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, rear centre armrest with cupholders, and active front head restraints. Air conditioning and keyless entry can be added as options.

The EX models add 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, mirrors with integrated turn signals, chrome door handles and rear garnish, keyless entry, six speakers, cruise control, front wiper de-icer, illuminated ignition, heated seats, tilt and telescopic wheel, electronic stability control, and traction control. A power sunroof can be added as an option.

The SX models add 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, sport-tuned suspension, fog lamps, power sunroof, Supervision instrument cluster, Sirius satellite radio, trip computer, heated leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel, metallic colour interior inserts, and alloy sport pedals.

The SX Luxury models add navigation system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and on automatic-equipped models, a smart key with pushbutton ignition. The SX Luxury Koup also adds LED combination taillights.

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