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The redesigned Forte is among the roomiest compact sedans and promises good fuel economy. The Forte keeps the previous car's 147-hp four-cylinder, but Kia switched to a CVT in order to get better fuel economy for an EPA-rated 34 mpg overall--a two-mpg improvement. That CVT works well and behaves like a conventional transmission even during hard acceleration. Unfortunately the ride is too stiff and handling lacks agility.
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