2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte
Save up to $5,191
2019 Kia Forte
Save up to $5,191

What’s new

  • The Kia Forte sedan has been fully redesigned for 2019
  • Stinger-influenced style and many new features
  • Part of the third Forte generation introduced for 2019

Pros

  • Plenty of features for the money
  • Strong fuel economy estimates
  • Sharp styling and matching performance
  • Generous warranty coverage

Cons

  • Slightly stiff ride quality
  • Noticeable amount of road noise


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aldinero,10/31/2018
Great looking very comfortable car .Lots of fun to drive although not a great pickup.Ride and handling are very good and steering is first rate.Feels more like a mid size than a compact car.Lot of room inside both front and rear, controls are easy and very thought out.The only set back is that Kia removed the auto folding side view mirrors that were standard on all Kia cars.Overall very good value compared to other competitive cars.
Not So Compact, Compact Car
Cnovalles73,11/14/2018
I went to a dealership to get a look at a 2016 Nissan Sentra and ended up leaving in a 2019 Forte LXS and couldn't be happier (so far). I've heard and read very good things about Kia but only recently learned they're the same company as Hyundai which, in terms of reliability, attracted me even more. I watched videos on car reviews talking about CVT transmissions and how people don't seem that crazy about them. I'll say this much about it: the Forte is not an "off the line" car by any means but the shifting is SO smooth and the transition from 2nd to 3rd and beyond is where the car seems to wake up; especially in 'sport mode'. You get what you pay for in the sense that this is a car that offers quite a lot but is intended to be affordable and competes in the compact segment so don't expect mid-size or full-size comfort; it has a very rough ride but Orlando has some pretty rough roads so I guess it is what it is. This is my 1st compact car in 13 years after owning four LARGE Fords and my very first Kia. If it lives up to its reputation I can see myself trading up to an Optima; time will tell.
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2019 Kia Forte video

[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Not everyone can afford a Maybach, or even a Mustang. That's where the compact class of sedans and hatchbacks come in. Behind me here is the all-new, fully redesigned 2019 Kia Forte. And it's a great place to start. [MUSIC PLAYING] This time around, the Forte is slightly bigger overall. And as you can see, it takes a lot of [INAUDIBLE] cues from the evocative Kia Stinger. And that's a good thing. It looks sharp, sharper than you'd expect for the compact class of sedans. The question is, how does it stack up against the rest of the competition? We'll get to that in a bit. In the meantime, do us a favor and hit Subscribe below. [MUSIC PLAYING] In the compact sedan class, you sort of have to temper your expectations. But the Forte exceeds expectations in a number of ways. I wasn't all that jazzed about 147-horsepower continuously variable transmission. Those CVTs tend to suck the life out of any car. But the Kia's CVT does a really good job of being more responsive and quicker to accelerate right off the line. It doesn't have that sluggishness or rubber band feel that other CVTs have. And when you're going to pass slower traffic, it does a good job of dropping down into a lower ratio, much like an automatic transmission would, where it just drops you into a lower gear by about two or three. So you get that good punch when you need it. And that's pretty unique in the class, or unique for CVTs in general, actually. The ride quality, it's a little stiff, but not objectionable. In return for that stiffness, it handles pretty well. Not quite as well as the Mazda 3, but far better than most drivers will ever need. One thing counting against it is the rear torsion-beam suspension. And that tends to be a little nervous over mid-corner bumps. That is the case with the Forte, but again, not to objectionable levels. There is a noticeable amount of wind and road noise, though. But again, I'm driving with the radio off. And this has the premium Harman/Kardon system. Just turn it up a little. It should drown it out just fine. In the class, the Forte competes against kind of entry-level sedans. So Corolla from Toyota, Honda Civic, Mazda 3. Those are kind of my picks in the class. Not so much the Corolla, but I really like the Mazda 3. And this, well, it seems to offer quite a bit more than the Mazda, especially when it comes to advanced safety features. This comes standard with forward collision warning, blind spot monitors, and all the latest modern cars have. One thing I like about it, though, is I'm not getting a lot of false alarms. And the Lane Keep Assist on this top trim is actually really good. Comparing prices between the Civic and the Mazda 3 to the Forte, the Forte has a slight advantage just because it has a lot more features. For the base-model Forte, prices start right around 18.5, 18.6. That's manual transmission, lowest trim level. Probably not going to be a lot of people taking that. For another 1,000 or so, you get the CVT. This is the Launch edition EX. This is the EX with all the options. So all the advanced safety features, different colored wheels, sunroof, navigation. It goes on and on and on. It's just over $26,000, though. That's a bit much for this class. But the regular EX, right around $23,000. And that makes a lot more sense, because you get a lot for that, as well. And you have the option to add stuff. But you probably won't need the navigation because it comes standard with Apple Car Play, as long as you have a cell signal, obviously. And the voice recognition is still probably the best out there, in any car. Not only does the Forte draw on some of the Stinger's exterior styling, but also on the interior. It's got the wide dash, just like that, as well as these racy-looking round vents. Materials quality is really good for the class. Everything that you touch has nice, good, soft cushioning to it. So your elbows are well-padded. And elsewhere, when it is plastic, is grained really well. There's really not a whole lot of hard plastic in here to kind of take you out of the fantasy of driving a nicer car. One thing I really did like as soon as I sat down, though, was the amount of travel the steering wheel has. Now, that's quite a bit, so that means that taller drivers aren't going to have to sacrifice their driving position. You have a ton of features here, as well. The infotainment has a standard eight-inch screen. It's sharp, it's responsive, it's quick. And you have a good amount of physical buttons here, which means you won't have to dig through menus just to get some simple operations done. Also standard is dual-zone automatic climate control. That's unusual for the class as a standard feature, even on the base model. On this top trim, you also get ventilated and heated seats, which makes it really comfortable on a hot, muggy day like today. On this top trim, you also get a wireless charging pad, as well as a USB port right under it, and another one right under your center armrest. Despite being a compact sedan, the Forte doesn't skimp on rear seat space. I'm five foot 10, sitting behind the driver's seat, which is set for me. And I have plenty of leg room and knee room. And my hair's just barely brushing the headliner. That means the average adult will be just fine back here. Materials quality, as you'd expect, isn't quite as nice. A little more hard plastic. But if I didn't tap that, I wouldn't have known. I also have a nice center armrest here. I'd be comfortable back here for a road trip. Not a single complaint. And I also have vents right here for climate control. So, well done, Kia. [MUSIC PLAYING] After spending a lot of time with this Forte, I can say it gives the class-leading Mazda 3 and Honda Civic a run for the money. Honestly, I would take it over the Civic. The Mazda, in my view, is still the best driving in the class. But for a lot of people, it's not that important. What is important is stretching their dollar. And the Forte does that. It delivers a lot. A lot of advanced safety features, a lot of infotainment, a lot of just quality overall. For more information on the Forte, as well as its competition, head on over to edmunds.com. If you want to see more videos like this, hit Subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2019 Kia Forte | First Drive

Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi took a spin in the all-new 2019 Kia Forte, the latest entrant in the affordable compact sedan class. The Forte faces some tough competitors in the class, but it rises to meet the challenge with praiseworthy driving dynamics and a value-packed list of standard features. Mark covers everything that shoppers need to know in his drive between Pennsylvania to Ohio and back.

Features & Specs

MSRP
$17,690
MPG
27 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
Gas
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$18,590
MPG
31 city / 41 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$19,090
MPG
30 city / 40 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$20,190
MPG
30 city / 40 hwy
Seats 5
Continuously variable-speed automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
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2019 Kia Forte for Sale

Kia Forte 2019 EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
New 2019
Kia Forte
EX
(38)
King Kia
16.8 mi away
Edmunds Suggested Price$22,250
Est.Loan: $416/mo
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Dealer Notes
Snow White Pearl 2019 Kia Forte EX FWD CVT 2.0L I4 DOHC Dual CVVT Forte EX, 2.0L I4 DOHC Dual CVVT, CVT, Snow White Pearl, Black.Recent Arrival! 40/30 Highway/City MPG

MSRP: $23,305

Kia Forte 2019 FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)
New 2019
Kia Forte
FE
(19)
Hersons Kia
18.3 mi away
Edmunds Suggested Price$17,965
Est.Loan: $336/mo
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Dealer Notes
Herson's Kia includes a Two year or 24,000 mile maintenance package with every new Kia purchased or leased. The maintenance package includes oil changes and all regularly scheduled maintenance according to the vehicles maintenance minder system. This offer is exclusive to Herson's Kia. For more details visit our website www.hersonskia.com or call 301-340-3100 and speak to our service consultants.

MSRP: $18,805

Kia Forte 2019 S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
New 2019
Kia Forte
S
Brown's Manassas Kia
18.9 mi away
Edmunds Suggested Price$21,523
Est.Loan: $401/mo
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Dealer Notes
This Kia won't be on the lot long! A safe vehicle to haul your most precious cargo! Top features include power windows, front and rear reading lights, lane departure warning, and the power moon roof opens up the cabin to the natural environment. Smooth gearshifts are achieved thanks to the 2 liter 4 cylinder engine, and for added security, dynamic Stability Control supplements the drivetrain. Our sales reps are knowledgeable and professional. They'll work with you to find the right vehicle at a price you can afford. We are here to help you.

MSRP: $22,505

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2019 Kia Forte Overview

The 2019 Kia Forte is offered in the following submodels: Forte Sedan. Available styles include FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT).

What do people think of the 2019 Kia Forte?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Kia Forte and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Forte 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2019 Forte.

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What's a good price for a New 2019 Kia Forte?
2019 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2019 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $22,885. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,330 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,330 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$20,555.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is10.2% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 30 2019 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2019 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,085. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $2,100 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,100 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,985.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is10% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 39 2019 Kia Forte S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Kia Forte LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2019 Kia Forte LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,985. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Forte LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,978 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,978 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,007.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is9.9% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 39 2019 Kia Forte LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,610. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $5,191 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,191 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$14,419.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is26.5% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 12 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,710. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $1,978 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $1,978 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$16,732.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is10.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 8 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

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