Only 1 Compact Car Isn’t Recommended by Consumer Reports

Despite SUVs and trucks being popular, the compact car segment is still going strong. There are plenty of great options for car shoppers to choose from. Since the compact car segment includes famous and well-liked cars like the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic, only one compact car is not recommended by Consumer Reports right now. Here’s a look at the 2022 Kia Forte, the only compact car that’s not recommended.

A grey 2022 Kia Forte in a dessert area as the only compact car not recommended by Consumer Reports.
2022 Kia Forte | Kia Media

Consumer Reports wrote that many great compact cars are in the segment. For the most part, they are evenly matched with one another. In terms of their ratings, there’s not that big of a difference between the second-worst compact car, the Mazda 3, and the best compact car, the Subaru Impreza

Every car in the segment, including the Forte, starts at around $20,000. The Impreza ties with the Mazda 3 for having the worst fuel economy, but both cars still get 30 mpg combined. The Impreza had a lot of good qualities, such as having a comfortable ride and a high-reliability score. 

Although these cars were highly-rated, they weren’t perfect by any means. For example, Consumer Reports said that while the Civic had good handling and braking, its ride quality and noise levels weren’t good. It was also challenging to get in and out of the Civic, a flaw that the Corolla also has. The other compact cars also recommended were the Nissan Sentra, the Hyundai Elantra, and the Volkswagen Jetta.

Why Consumer Reports did not recommend the 2022 Kia Forte

Unlike those other compacts, Consumer Reports sees the Forte was far away from the worst-rated compact car. Its score was too low to earn it a recommendation. There are many reasons for Forte’s low score, but the two big ones have to do with its predicted reliability and owner satisfaction ratings. Consumer Reports gave the Kia the lowest possible score in both categories.

That said, the Forte does get a great fuel economy, as it hits 34 mpg combined thanks to its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which also gets 147 hp. Forte’s fuel economy was good enough to earn a Green Choice badge from Consumer Reports. Unfortunately, the Kia has a lot of other flaws.

For example, its ride quality was not good, its seats were uncomfortable, and like the Civic, the Forte did not have a good noise level. While the Forte, starting at $19,000, is the cheapest car in the segment, its fit and finish were worse than competitors. That said, the Kia has a standard 8.0-inch touch screen, and Consumer Reports liked how easy it was to use.

Other car critics were more generous to the 2022 Kia Forte though

The good news is that, while Consumer Reports is a good car critic, it isn’t the only car critic. Other car critics, such as Car and Driver, Edmunds, and U.S. News, had more positive things to say about the Forte. The Kia compact wasn’t the top-rated car in the segment, but those other car critics did give the Kia a higher score or a higher placement overall. 

For example, the site praised Forte’s fuel economy in Car and Driver’s review of the car. This is because when Car and Driver tested the Forte in the real world, its fuel economy was higher than what the EPA said it was. 

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