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2019 Kia Forte

The 2019 Kia Forte is a stunning compact sedan and it’s stunning for a reason. Its design is heavily based on the Stinger. In fact, you wouldn’t be wrong to call it a scaled-back Stinger. Of course, the Forte is a practical vehicle and is related to the Stinger only in design language. Performance-wise, they’re worlds apart.


The 2019 Forte is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine, which is mated to a CVT transmission. The base trim, however, is mated to a 6-speed manual. Kia has avoided the hatchback and performance versions this year so far. But they may pop up in the future sometime.

The Forte comes in 4 trim levels – the FE, the LXS, the S, and EX. Almost all the trim levels come with notable features, such as an infotainment system that connects to an 8.0-inch screen and offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Then, you also have other features, such as 6-way adjustable front seats and active safety tech.

The outgoing Forte actually boasted more power. But the new unit puts out conservative 147 horsepower and a robust 132 lb-ft of torque. Also, Kia has opted for direct fuel injection instead of the more efficient port injection.

The Forte weights about 2,800 pounds, which isn’t too much for the engine to haul around. In fact, this has allowed the Forte to enjoy excellent fuel economy, an estimated 40 mpg on the highway (as rated by the EPA).

The inline-4 is tasked with moving about 2,800 pounds of compact sedan, but the upside is fuel economy that touches as high as an EPA-rated 40 mpg highway.

The Forte provides a soft and smooth ride. The steering is very direct, which isn’t strange for cars in this category. The power is just about enough and the CVT transmission cooperates with the engine.


The 2019 Kia Forte is a “Top Safety Pick” according to the IIHS. Extra points have been given for features such as active lane control, blind spot monitoring, and automatic emergency braking.

Check out the 2019 Kia Forte in Tilton at Autoserv Kia. You can also check out the Kia Cadenza in Tilton and the Kia Stinger in Tilton here. Autoserv Kia is also the official dealer for the 2020 Telluride.