2019 Kia Forte First Look | Edmunds

2019 Kia Forte First Look

Compact Sedan Meets Stinger Style


Kia is extending its new Stinger fastback design to the 2019 Forte compact sedan, unveiled here at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. With a longer hood and shorter rear deck, the smaller Forte gains new road presence from its larger Stinger sibling.

Initially available in three trim levels — LX, S and EX — the 2019 Forte has grown in overall length to 182.7 inches, an increase of just over 3 inches, and has been slightly stretched in height and width. The result is a moderately more spacious cabin with additional legroom and more room to haul weekend gear. With 15.1 cubic feet of cargo capacity, the Forte is now on a par with the Honda Civic sedan.

2019 Kia Forte

Under the Forte's longer hood, consumers will find Kia's second-generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, designed for increased fuel efficiency. Kia says horsepower and torque are expected to remain unchanged from the 2018 Forte, with an estimated 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The South Korean automaker chose to focus on boosting mpg opposed to power in the all-new Forte. When mated to Kia's new Intelligent Variable Transmission, the 2019 Forte is expected to earn up to 35 mpg, an improvement of nearly 3 mpg from the outgoing model. A six-speed manual transmission will also be offered.

In the Forte's upgraded cabin, a standard 8-inch touchscreen sits above minimal buttons for a new, clean design. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be appreciated by all passengers. An available wireless charging tray on the center stack boosts power on compatible Android devices, plus Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Audiophiles are sure to be pleased by the available 320-watt Harman Kardon sound system.

Rounding out the 2019 Forte's list of impressive features is the availability of Kia's suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, which includes blind-spot warning, lane keeping assist, forward collision avoidance and smart cruise control.

Check back on Edmunds for driving impressions as the 2019 Kia Forte heads to dealers later this year.

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