Consumer Reports Hates the 2022 Kia Forte, but Not as Much as This Loathsome Car Model

Consumer Reports have reviewed many consumers. Unfortunately for Kia, the 2022 Kia Forte did not get a good review. Unsurprisingly, other great compact sedans like the Honda Civic are better options than the Forte. While the 2022 Kia Forte did not receive high marks on its reviews, one car, the Mitsubishi Mirage, got even worse reviews.

A silver 2022 Kia Forte in a mountainous area.
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The 2022 Kia Forte did not score very well

Like Consumer Reports wrote, the Forte is inadequate in many areas. It has an overall score of just 39 out of 100, and this low score is primarily thanks to its predicted reliability rating and owner satisfaction rating. Both of those predicted scores only come in at a mere 1 out of 5. The only rating that wasn’t in the red was Kia’s road-test score.

In its road-test, Consumer Reports gave the Forte a pretty decent score. It got a 67 out of 100, which isn’t great, but it’s clearly the best part about the car. That being said, even in its road test, the Forte showed some significant weaknesses. 

The Forte’s most significant strength seems to be its fuel economy, which Consumer Reports gave a 5 out of 5. That’s largely because the Forte gets 22 mpg in the city and an excellent 49 mpg on highways, for 34 mpg combined. That fuel economy is taken down a notch by the Forte’s poor ride quality, noisy cabin, and uncomfortable seats. 

The 2022 Mitsubishi Mirage is even worse than that

While the Forte was the worst car in its segment, one other sedan scored even worse than the Kia did. According to Consumer Reports, the Mitsubishi Mirage only got an overall score of 33 out of 100. Just like the Forte, this Mitsubishi scored poorly in most areas. Its predicted owner satisfaction score was only a 2 out of 5, its predicted reliability score was a 3 out of 5, and its road-test score was only 29 out of 100.

Interestingly, the Mirage also scores very well in its fuel economy, as Consumer Reports also gave it 5 out of 5. The Mirage’s high fuel economy score is primarily because it gets 28 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on highways, for 37 mpg combined. That fuel economy, when combined with the Mirage’s cheap $15,000 price tag, may make it worthwhile for some folks, but not many.

With that being said, the Mirage also has a long list of issues making it not worth it for many people. For example, its cabin is also noisy, its engine is small and weak, and Mitsubishi doesn’t handle it well when it’s on the road.

How these two bad cars compare with each other

That poor performance on the road is one of the main differences between these two cars. The Forte comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets 147 hp, which isn’t exactly impressive, but it is a solid engine overall. On the other hand, the Mirage has a tiny 1.2-liter three-cylinder that gets 78 hp, and drivers can feel the size difference. 

It’s not all bad news for the Mirage, though. Its reliability and owner satisfaction scores are notably higher than Forte’s. Unfortunately for Mitsubishi, those scores were not enough to elevate the Mirage’s issues with its comfort and performance. 

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