Kia Forte
Kia Forte
Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte

Pros: Competitive pricing; good passenger room for a compact; nicely finished interior

Cons: Engine noise under hard acceleration; real-world fuel economy doesn’t match EPA numbers

CG Says: The Kia Forte is redesigned for 2019 on a slightly larger platform, gaining fresh-but-familiar styling, a new powertrain, and new technology features. Though the Forte’s 4-cylinder engine is new, its size (2.0 liters) and horsepower (147) are unchanged from the previous engine. The previous 6-speed automatic transmission has been replaced by a CVT automatic; the base FE trim is also offered with a 6-speed manual transmission. A 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine will be available for the 2020 model year. A 4-door sedan is now the lone body style; the Forte5 4-door hatchback has been dropped. The Forte’s available features include autonomous emergency braking, lane-keep assist, driver attention monitor, adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, and wireless cell-phone charging. The new Forte doesn’t outshine its rivals in any key area, but it’s a pleasant car that maintains Kia’s tradition of offering an outstanding value for the dollar.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices FE: $18,715
LXS: $20,115
S: $21,215
EX: $22,915

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
27-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37-41

Kia Forte
2019 Kia Forte
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 4
80%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 4
80%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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