2011 Kia
Forte LX
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LS

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS

9.8

starting from

$17,470

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cruze LS

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Power windows
Standard
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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Power locks
Standard
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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
2011 Kia Forte LX

8.2

Runner-up

Kia Forte LX

starting from

$15,690
"Respectable clarity and full bass."
edmunds.com | talking about the Forte's stereo
"Its almost Germanic high-speed composure lends peace of mind."
edmunds.com | talking about the Forte's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Forte LX

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OK brakes
Disc
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Spacious front seats
55.8 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 5.5
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Winner: Cruze LS
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Cruze LS; not available on the Forte LX
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.1
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS Winner: Cruze LS
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  • The Cruze LS has 3.0x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2011 Kia Forte LX Winner: Forte LX
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
Safety Features - vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 9.8 vs 8.2

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS
2011 Kia Forte LX Kia
Forte LX
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Not Available The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Cruze LS; not available on the Forte LX
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Cruze LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS
2011 Kia Forte LX Kia
Forte LX
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs 4 stars Poor protection, 10% to 20% chance of rolling over during emergency lane change
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs 5 stars Good protection, only 10% chance of serious head or chest injuries in a crash
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs 3 stars The better is 3.0x safer than the Forte LX

Cost

Chevrolet
Cruze LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS
2011 Kia Forte LX Kia
Forte LX
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MSRP $17,470 vs $15,690 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 26 mpg vs 25 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Forte LX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Cruze LS's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Forte LX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Cruze LS's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS
2011 Kia Forte LX Kia
Forte LX
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 6 vs 5 The Cruze LS has a good number of airbags, but the Forte LX is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Forte LX has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Performance

Chevrolet
Cruze LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS
2011 Kia Forte LX Kia
Forte LX
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Horsepower 138 HP @ 6,300 RPM vs 156 HP @ 6,200 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio Unknown vs 17.5 lb/hp
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.7 ft vs 33.9 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Chevrolet
Cruze LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS
2011 Kia Forte LX Kia
Forte LX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 562 miles vs 466 miles The Cruze LS has good highway range and the Forte LX is reasonable
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Cargo space 15.4 ft3 vs 14.7 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.7 ft3 vs 55.8 ft3 The Forte LX has roomy front seats and the Cruze LS is OK
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Forte LX, but the Cruze LS will get you around in comfort

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Cruze LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS
2011 Kia Forte LX Kia
Forte LX
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Cruze LS
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LS
2011 Kia Forte LX Kia
Forte LX
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0-60 mph 10.5 seconds vs 10.3 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 132 ft The Forte LX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cruze LS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 18.0 s @ 80 mph vs 17.6 s @ 80 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration Unknown vs 0.79 g
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

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