The all-new 2019 Kia Forte has been redesigned to take the sedan to a whole new level of sporty, yet luxurious levels! With design cues inspired by the Stinger, Kia’s first in-house designed and built Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) introduces new line of Smart Stream technologies designed to help increase fuel efficiency and targets an estimated 35 combined MPG rating in the LX trim. It is the first model to come with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Advanced Driver Assistance technologies in every trim level!
The all-new 2019 Forte which enters its third generation now offers drivers a higher level of comfort and advanced driver assistance technologies that are aimed to make the journey – whether a short commute or long haul – a more rewarding and decidedly upscale experience.
Sophisticated Yet Sporty Design
The third-generation Forte has graduated to a more sophisticated appearance thanks to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. Enthusiasts know that the right proportions are key, and like the Stinger, Forte’s long hood and short deck lend it an overall fastback-like shape.
Creases in the hood contribute to the Forte’s muscular appearance and distinctive design traits on the front fascia, including a fresh approach to Kia’s signature tiger nose grille, Stinger-esque headlamp design, separate turn signal indicators are mounted below on the front bumper and a separate reverse and turn signal indicators.
Overall length of the interior has increased by 3.2 inches to 182.7 inches, allowing for more legroom and additional cargo in the trunk. With 15.1 cu.-ft., cargo room is among the largest in the segment and generous enough to accommodate gear for a group of friends on a road trip or a growing family managing a busy schedule. Additional headroom results from increasing the overall height nearly a half inch to 56.7 inches, while the overall width has grown to 70.8 inches.
The all-new 2019 Forte has a 54 percent Advanced High-Strength Steel, stronger seat frames that are lightweight and provide a more comfortable seating position with increased lumbar support. Reworked suspension geometry provides a quick and nimble behind-the-wheel feel and evolutionary improvements were made to throttle and brake feel performance, yielding a smoother initial response at tip-in and a shorter stopping distance than the previous model in certain conditions.
A More Efficient Powertrain
Forte’s second-generation 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine that benefits from Atkinson Cycle technology and a cooled EGR system. Typically applied to hybrid and electric vehicles, the Atkinson Cycle and cooled EGR technologies are designed to help boost fuel efficiency. Horsepower and torque continue to deliver an estimated 147 HP and 132 lb.-ft. of torque with a 2.0-liter engine!