The Kia Forte is a wonderful choice for the compact car segment, with its fun-to-drive nature, high fuel economy and affordable price tag. The Kia Forte is even better for the 2019 model-year due to a delightful redesign, with styling cues inspired by the Stinger sports sedan, improved performance and efficiency, and many feature and technology enhancements across the trim lineup. Come experience the 2019 Kia Forte at Kia Marin in Novato!
The previous-generation Forte model possesses a sporty look. While the 2019 Forte retains this element — with the sleek design highlights that it borrows from the Kia Stinger — it now has a more sophisticated appearance. The signature tiger nose grille has been updated with a more aggressive look, while the creases in the hood infuse the vehicle with some muscularity. The new air curtains not only give the new Forte a more technical quality, but they also improve aerodynamic performance. At the rear of the car, you can get available LED taillights, which are joined by a stylish horizontal trim piece.
Another significant change for the 2019 Forte is its larger cabin, with an increase in length of over 3-inches, resulting in more legroom, as well as a larger trunk. The cabin also takes design cues from the Kia Stinger, with a horizontal theme that results in a clean and open feel. On the technology front, all Forte trims come standard with an 8-inch color touchscreen, which gives you access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for connecting with your smartphone. Providing the soundtrack for your journeys is the available Harman Kardon 320-watt premium sound system, which features a unique speaker design with hole patterns.
The 2019 Forte is still powered by the sophisticated 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine. While the horsepower (147) and torque (132 lb-ft) numbers are unchanged from the previous model, the engine gets a boost in efficiency, with an estimated combined fuel economy of 35 mpg. The engine is mated to either the six-speed manual transmission or new Intelligent Variable Transmission, which helps deliver smooth acceleration, better fuel economy and a more sporty driving experience. The 2019 Forte also offers many available driver assistance technologies, including Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.