2019 Kia Forte Sedan

2019 Kia Forte
Save up to $1,978
2019 Kia Forte
Save up to $1,978

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.
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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 First Look

Compact Sedan Meets Stinger Style

byEdmunds, Edmunds January 15th, 2018

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.

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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2019 Kia Forte Sedan Overview

The 2019 Kia Forte Sedan is offered in the following styles: 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 Sedan?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2019 Forte Sedan 4 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 Sedan.

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Read our full review of the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan here.
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What's a good price for a New 2019 Kia Forte Sedan?
2019 Kia Forte Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2019 Kia Forte Sedan 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 Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $1,978 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

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The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is8.6% below the MSRP.

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

The 2019 Kia Forte Sedan S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,210. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Forte Sedan S 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$19,232.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is9.3% below the MSRP.

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

The 2019 Kia Forte Sedan LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,110. The average price paid for a new 2019 Kia Forte Sedan 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$18,132.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is9.8% below the MSRP.

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

The 2019 Kia Forte Sedan 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 Sedan FE 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$17,632.

The average savings for the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is10.1% below the MSRP.

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

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

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