2011 Kia
Forte EX
vs. 2012 Chevrolet
Cruze LT

2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT

10.0

starting from

$19,225

Reasons to buy the Chevrolet Cruze LT

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Safer for the driver in side collisions
5 stars
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Safer for the front passenger in head-on collisions
5 stars
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average 0-60 time
7.8 seconds
2011 Kia Forte EX

8.6

Runner-up

Kia Forte EX

starting from

$17,590
"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 EX

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OK brakes
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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OK performance
17.8 lb/hp
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Winner: Cruze LT
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cruze LT
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs 9.1
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Winner: Cruze LT
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  • The Cruze LT has 3.0x less risk of serious injury, 5 stars vs 3 stars
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Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
  • Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Cost - vs 10.0
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  • Inexpensive
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have subpar cornering abilities
Overall 10.0 vs 8.6

Luxury Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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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 Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Cruze LT

Crash Test Ratings

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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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 EX

Safety Features

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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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 LT has a good number of airbags, but the Forte EX is just OK (missing Knee)
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Forte EX has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Not Available Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Cruze LT; optional upgrade on the Forte EX
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Roadside assistance system OnStar vs None

Performance

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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Horsepower 138 HP @ 4,900 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 Turbocharger vs None The Cruze LT's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 22.5 lb/hp vs 17.8 lb/hp The Forte EX has OK performance while the Cruze LT gives sluggish performance
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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 LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 466 miles
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Cargo space 15.4 ft3 vs 19.4 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 52.7 ft3 vs 55.8 ft3 The Forte EX has roomy front seats and the Cruze LT 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 Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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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

Cost

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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MSRP $19,225 vs $17,590 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage Unknown vs 25 mpg
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Forte EX's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Cruze LT's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Forte EX's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Cruze LT's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

Chevrolet
Cruze LT
2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT
2011 Kia Forte EX Kia
Forte EX
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0-60 mph 7.8 seconds vs 10.3 seconds The Cruze LT's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Forte EX is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 139 ft vs 132 ft The Forte EX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Cruze LT is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.1 s @ 87 mph vs 17.6 s @ 80 mph The Cruze LT's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Forte EX's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.79 g Both have subpar cornering abilities
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Top speed 132 mph vs Unknown

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