The Kia Forte has been completely redesigned. This compact sedan is now smoother and more sporty, while offering plenty of safety and infotainment tech. It is also more fuel efficient. Importantly, the 2019 Kia Forte has been made more attractive with some styling cues taken from the Stinger sport sedan.
A neatly creased hood and the separated grille and headlights are a clear style link to the Stinger. And from behind, we can see a hint of Lexus IS and Alfa Giulia. Impressive as before, the 2019 Kia Forte is ready to face strong competitors such as the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and even its cousin, the Hyundai Elantra.
The 2019 Kia Forte is available in four trim levels: FE, S, EX and LXS. Even in its base form, the Forte enjoys a high level of standard equipment, including lane-keeping assist, automated emergency braking, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As before, the 2019 Kia Forte is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Internally, the engine has been modified for better fuel economy. By employing the Atkinson cycle used in hybrid cars, the cylinders of this Kia engine are better filled, giving the Forte excellent EPA fuel economy. The base Kia Forte is paired with the 6-speed manual transmission and returns 31 mpg of combined driving. The new CVT is even better, with EPA fuel economy rating at 35 mpg combined (31 city/41 highway). This numbers almost as good as some hybrids. In track testing, the 2019 Kia Forte EX with CVT went from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds.
2.0-liter four-cylinder (CVT or 6-speed manual)
147 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
132 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 30/40 mpg (automatic), 27/37 mpg (manual), 31/41 mpg (Forte FE)
The 2019 Kia Forte is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The Forte FE with a 6-speed manual has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $17,500 (before $895 destination fee). The Forte FE with the CVT starts just above $18,500. The LXS around $19,000, while the S trim starts just above $20,000. At the top, the Forte just under $21,500.