Used 2012 Kia Forte

2012 Kia Forte
List price range
$3,990 - $9,421

Pros

  • Wide variety of body styles
  • affordable pricing
  • long warranty
  • excellent handling in SX trim.

Cons

  • Tepid handling except for SX
  • intrusive road noise
  • lackluster interior
  • rear seat short on legroom.

Used 2012 Kia Forte for Sale

Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
100,751 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
List$5,965
Est.Loan: $112/mo
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$164 Below Market
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BACK TO SCHOOL SALE!! ALL UNITS MUST LEAVE THE LOT! BRING YOUR DOWN PAYMENT AND DRIVE HOME. WE ARE AN 'A+' BBB AND HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS OVER 11 YEARS. OVER 100+ VEHICLES TO CHOSE FROM AND WE WILL MAKE THE DEAL EXTRA SWEET FOR YOU. COME SEE US TODAY! Internet Prices are based on cash or cashier's check. Our Internet price does not include a $395 Processing fee, Tags, title and FINANCE FEES!
Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
15,871 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
MemberCar
18.6 mi away
List$9,421
Est.Loan: $176/mo
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Very Nice 1 Owner MD Inspected 2012 Kia Forte EX Sedan with only 15k Original Miles!!! Complete With Automatic Transmission, AC,Bluetooth, Cruise Control, Power Windows and Locks, ABS Brakes, Tilt & Telescoping Steering Wheel, Power Mirrors, Upgraded Stereo System and Much Much More!! This vehicle also comes with a Warranty Standard!!!Why pay Carmax or Franchise Dealer Pricing when you can buy directly from the distributor! Member car has a 30 year history of selling preowned vehicles to dealers wholesale, and is now selling directly to the public!Welcome to MemberCar of Rockville! We are a family owned and operated dealership catering to the DMV area and beyond for over 30 years. We offer tremendous value by pricing our vehicles below market value and offering a truly stress-free purchasing environment. We are very transparent in our purchase process, offering the easiest terms available with every vehicle in stock. Having our own extensive Wholesale/Purchase Division allows us to purchase mostly Local, One-Owner, Low Mileage, exceptional vehicles directly from the best sources, (Private Owners) instead of auctions. MemberCar has built our reputation upon successful, long-term relationships with our clients. During that time, we have become one of the areas preeminent providers of carefully selected, Maryland Safety Inspected, low mileage, local vehicles. We offer competitive Finance and Extended Warranty options, and we do accept all trade-ins. Our staff looks forward to the opportunity to earn your business, and we thank YOU for your time and consideration.If you just can't seem to find the time to come to us, we are also more than happy to bring a vehicle to your home or place of business!!!Don't take our word for it, check out what our customers are saying.http://www.cars.com/dealers/193733/membercar/reviews/
Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
149,178 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
List$3,990
Est.Loan: $75/mo
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AM/FM,CD Player,AC,Cruise,Power Locks,Power Windows,Tilt,Power Steering,Anti-Lock Brakes,Dual Front Airbags,Side Airbags,Traction Control,Keyless Entry,Variable Wipers,Rear Defroster,Steering Radio Ctrls,Power Mirrors,Drivers Front Airbag,Side Head Air Bag,Rear Head Air Bag,4-Wheel Disc Brakes,Child Safety Locks,Gasoline Fuel,Satellite Radio,Auxiliary Pwr Outlet,Mirror Turn Signals,Tire Pressure Monitoring
Kia Forte 2012 SX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A)
72,435 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
SX
List$9,000
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Kia Forte 2012
46,877 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
Koup SX
List$10,997
Est.Loan: $206/mo
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Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
79,553 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
List$7,488
Est.Loan: $140/mo
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With the largest inventory in the area and GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL, visiting Sullivan Auto Trading just makes sense. We have a professional sales team and ASE certified technicians with many years of experience ready to serve your automotive needs We understand shopping online to find the vehicle that fits your needs is a small part of your goal. We know your #1 priority is to be confident and comfortable with accurate representation in your transaction. Our goal is not to sell you a vehicle, its our vision to earn a long standing relationship with our customers. We believe being a blessing to others is a seed sown to be blessed. We know we are #1 in pricing and vehicle condition in the market. This vehicle has been Virginia State Inspected, fully detailed and evaluated by our ASE Certified Technicians. Free Carfax reports are available for your convenience. We have an outstanding relationship with our Lending Institutions and are extremely competitive with interest rates.Please Call (540-371-9877) all Questions will be answered. Sullivan Auto Trading Inc. is honored to present a wonderful example of pure vehicle design... this 2012 Kia Forte EX only has 79,553mi on it and could potentially be the vehicle of your dreams! Your buying risks are reduced thanks to a CARFAX BuyBack Guarantee. The best part about this well-maintained vehicle is that it is a CARFAX one-owner vehicle. This vehicle was engineered to be both economically and environmentally friendly with exceptional fuel efficiency. A Kia with as few miles as this one is a rare find. This Forte EX was gently driven and it shows. Clean interior? How about flawless. This Kia Forte looks like has never been used. The incredible 2012 Kia Forte EX is an invigorating performance machine that will pump adrenaline into any driver who dares to take the wheel. Do you really need any other reason to want one? A perfect find to complement any rare automotive collection. This beautiful lass will turn heads everywhere she goes. More information about the 2012 Kia Forte: According to Kia, the Forte sedan has one of the roomiest interiors in its class--as well as one of the best-equipped cabins. Kia's sound system is claimed to be one of the most advanced sound systems available which includes speed-dependent volume compensation to automatically increase the volume at higher speeds. The Forte is also covered by one of the most extensive warranties in the business, which includes ten years or 100,000 miles on powertrain components, five years or 60,000 miles limited warranty on the entire vehicle and five years or 60,000 miles of roadside assistance. Interesting features of this model are safety features, Fuel economy, standard Bluetooth connectivity, and extensive warranty
Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
117,403 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
List$6,447
Est.Loan: $121/mo
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Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
74,265 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
(5)
Capitol Motors
57.9 mi away
List$7,889
Est.Loan: $148/mo
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$217 Below Market
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2012 KIA FORTE Front Wheel Drive with powerful 2.0L CVVT DOHC MPFI 16-valve I4 engine and driven only 74265 miles! Fully loaded and much more! CARFAX CERTIFIED**FINANCING AVAILABLE** Contact our Sales at 540-376-7056
Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
73,376 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
York Kia
76 mi away
List$8,995
Est.Loan: $168/mo
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Kia Forte 2012 Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
106,714 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
Koup EX
List$6,711
Est.Loan: $126/mo
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2012 Kia Forte Koup ** Fresh PA State Inspection and Emissions, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, 6 Speakers, ABS brakes, AM/FM radio: SIRIUS, Anti-whiplash front head restraints, Cargo Net, Cargo Tray, CD player, Front Center Armrest w/Storage, Front reading lights, Illuminated entry, Outside temperature display.34/25 Highway/City MPGCALL US RIGHT NOW TO SCHEDULE A TEST DRIVE @ (888) 419-4867!!! Faulkner.... TO BE SURE!!!
Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
86,598 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
Sutliff Volkswagen
90.7 mi away
List$7,498
Est.Loan: $140/mo
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$206 Below Market
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Kia Forte 2012 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
49,398 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
EX
(1)
AutoOne
94.4 mi away
List$8,498
Est.Loan: $159/mo
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Kia Forte 2012 LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
60,066 miles
Used 2012
Kia Forte
LX
Hi Lo Auto Sales
25.2 mi away
ListNot Listed
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Edmunds' Expert Review

The 2012 Kia Forte is a bit outclassed by newer competitors, but it still has a lot to offer in terms of value and style.

vehicle overview

When the Kia Forte debuted a few years ago, we were pretty impressed with this new small car, finding it offered levels of style, engineering and overall quality that were on par with more well-known Japanese competitors. For the 2012 Kia Forte, the game has changed, as other manufacturers have rallied and made notable improvements. But overall the Forte still holds appeal.

Of particular merit, the 2012 Forte is offered in coupe, sedan and four-door hatchback body styles, one of the few small cars to offer such a selection. If you're interested in something sporty, the Forte coupe (the "Koup") will likely satisfy thanks to its sharp styling and firmer suspension tuning. If it's practicality you desire, Kia's got you covered with the roomy Forte hatchback. The Forte has other positive qualities as well, including long warranty coverage, plenty of standard features and high fuel economy when equipped with the optional Fuel Economy package.

That said, we consider some newer small cars to be more appealing overall. The Hyundai Elantra, for instance, has a nicer interior and better fuel economy no matter how you equip the car. The new Ford Focus is another well-regarded choice, as are the revitalized Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf hatchback. But if you're looking for something sporty, practical or just high on value, the 2012 Kia Forte is worth a look.

trim levels & features

The 2012 Kia Forte is available in sedan, four-door hatchback and coupe (or "Koup" in Kia-speak) body styles. The sedan is offered in three trim levels including the entry-level LX, midrange EX and sporty SX trim levels, while the hatchback and coupe are available in EX and SX trims only.

Standard equipment on the LX base model includes 15-inch steel wheels, a six-way-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a tilt steering column, Bluetooth and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, a USB/iPod interface and an auxiliary audio jack.

Step up to one of the EX models and you get keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, a trip computer, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, illuminated vanity mirrors, full power accessories and a six-speaker sound system. The EX coupe adds 16-inch alloy wheels, firmer suspension tuning, front sport seats and a more robust exhaust note.

The SX comes equipped with a more powerful 2.4-liter engine, a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch alloy wheels, foglights, unique cloth upholstery and metallic interior trim, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The SX coupe also gets 17-inch alloy wheels, a sportier version of the SX sedan's suspension, and illuminated red speaker surrounds that can blink in time to the beat.

Options on LX models are limited to air-conditioning. The EX has a longer list of available extras, including 16-inch alloy wheels (sedan only) and a sunroof. A Fuel Economy package for the EX sedan and hatchback adds electric power steering, low-rolling-resistance tires and aerodynamic enhancements. SX options include a sunroof and leather upholstery with heated front seats. A Technology package that bundles keyless ignition/entry, automatic climate control, a navigation system and chrome exterior door handles is also available on the EX and SX.

performance & mpg

The 2012 Kia Forte LX and EX are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 156 horsepower and 144 pound-feet of torque. The sportier SX gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that puts out 173 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on LX models and the Koup, while EX and SX models come equipped with a six-speed automatic that's also offered as an option on the LX. In Edmunds performance testing, an SX hatchback with an automatic went from zero to 60 mph in 8.8 seconds, which is on par with similarly powered cars. The Koup is a bit quicker. With the manual it hits 60 in 7.6 seconds.

The EPA fuel economy estimates for the LX and EX with the manual transmission are 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined. Those numbers edge up to a respectable 26/36/29 with the automatic. Opting for the EX Fuel Economy package ups those numbers to 27/37/30. The more powerful Forte SX isn't too shabby either, with EPA estimates of 22/32/26 with the manual and 23/32/26 with the automatic. The two-door Koup returns estimates within 1 or 2 mpg (some higher, some lower) of the sedan and four-door hatchback numbers noted above.

safety

The 2012 Kia Forte's list of standard safety equipment includes antilock disc brakes, stability and traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags that cover both rows of seats, and active front head restraints. In Edmunds brake testing, a Forte Koup SX came to a stop from 60 mph in an excellent 118 feet. An SX hatchback stopped in a still above-average 122 feet.

In government crash tests, the Kia Forte earned four stars (out of a possible five) in overall safety, with four stars for overall frontal-impact safety and four stars for overall side-impact safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Forte sedan the top score of "Good" in that agency's frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests.

driving

When it comes to the fun-to-drive factor, the 2012 Kia Forte is a mixed bag. The softer suspension underpinning LX and EX models allows for a little too much body roll in spirited driving, and the relatively numb steering feel doesn't help matters any. Both are perfectly passable in everyday motoring, although folks who put a premium on solid handling will want the firmer sport-tuned suspension that's standard on SX models. With it, these are legitimately fun little cars.

Ride comfort is generally good either way you go. Similarly, the smaller engine under the hood of LX and EX models will suit most folks just fine, but the larger 2.4-liter engine powering SX models feels noticeably stronger. We highly recommend the automatic transmission, as the manual is both unpleasant and difficult to use.

interior

The Kia Forte's interior is a fairly comfortable place, with good room up front and backseats with legroom that, while not great, is about par for the category. One notable exception is the coupe's rear seat, which is a tight squeeze by anyone's standards. The quality of the interior is certainly acceptable, but it's a noticeable step down from what you'll find in a Focus, Elantra or Volkswagen Golf. Some Forte test cars we've sampled have also suffered from haphazard construction.

Both the coupe and sedan have a good amount of cargo room, with 12.6 cubic feet and 14.7 cubic feet, respectively. The hatchback version is even better, with 19.4 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats that expands to 44.2 cubic feet with those seatbacks folded down to make a flat load floor.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2012 Kia Forte.

Best car I've ever owned!
Lou, 10/13/2015
I bought my 2012 Forte brand new. It's going on 128k and the only thing I've had to repair other than new tires and regular oil changes, was to replace the pulleys which were loud and going bad. Other than that, this car has given me absolutely no problems. It's got great fuel economy and looks great. I plan on driving it until the wheels fall off. So far it looks like that's going to be for a really long time. Love this car!
Great car for the money!
Dave, 10/14/2015
I have had no major complaints about this car. Nothing outstanding, but it is a high quality, problem free compact car. The engine is peppy and acceleration is surprising for this car. The only issue I have is the remote start feature. It doesn't function properly all of the time. I haven't taken it in for that problem since it is out of warranty and I don't use the feature often. The dashboard and controls are very simple and easy to use. There are no annoying design features.
Perfect little car!
mai_sai, 12/17/2014
Don't let the price tag fool you, this car is well built. It doesn't give that cheap feel you'd expect from a lower budget vehicle. The interior is very comfortable for my petite frame, I don't have trouble seeing the road or maneuvering. My larger passengers seem quite comfortable as well. Has a peppy engine and tight suspension, shifts smoothly, very quiet, brakes effortlessly.. This car does well on winding roads. The feel of the car when driving it is very similar to the '11 Ford Focus. My Forte has high mileage (70,000 miles) & hasn't had a single problem, runs great, & is very dependable which is great since the Focus started having problems at 21,000 miles. Update: car now has 115,000 miles and still runs great! It’s only needed regular scheduled maintenance and new shocks, that’s it! Car still runs and drives flawlessly!
COMPAC-MEDIATE
Curt Utton, 4/5/2016
Size of car implies a compac, yet overall handling & performance feels closer to an intermediate-size vehicle. Happy with overall handling on VT roads. Vehicle is light so during high wind conditions vehicle gets pushed around. Engine & transmission performance very good. Higher speeds on interstates /thruways car felt very controlled & gas comsumption/mpg is surprisingly very good. Lent car to visiting family members and all were impressed with this Forte. Traded car in 2016. Now own Lexus. 450h.
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Features & Specs

MPG
26 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
156 hp @ 6200 rpm
MPG
23 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
173 hp @ 6000 rpm
MPG
25 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
156 hp @ 6200 rpm
MPG
26 city / 36 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
156 hp @ 6200 rpm
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Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger3 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver3 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat3 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.3%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2012 Kia Forte Overview

The Used 2012 Kia Forte is offered in the following submodels: , , . Available styles include EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), EX 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SX 4dr Hatchback (2.4L 4cyl 6A), SX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl 6A), Koup SX 2dr Coupe (2.4L 4cyl 6M), LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Koup EX 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and LX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A).

What's a good price on a Used 2012 Kia Forte?

Save up to $217 on one of 13 Used 2012 Kia Forte for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, VA with prices as low as $3,990 as of08/19/2018, based on data from dealers and consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from1 to 5 out of 5 stars.

Price comparisons for Used 2012 Kia Forte trim styles:

  • The Used 2012 Kia Forte EX is priced between $3,990 and$9,421 with odometer readings between 15871 and149178 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Kia Forte Koup EX is priced between $6,711 and$7,990 with odometer readings between 84168 and106714 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Kia Forte Koup SX is priced between $10,997 and$10,997 with odometer readings between 46877 and46877 miles.
  • The Used 2012 Kia Forte SX is priced between $9,000 and$9,000 with odometer readings between 72435 and72435 miles.

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