2019 Kia Forte Sedan

What’s new

  • The Kia Forte sedan has been fully redesigned for 2019
  • Stinger-influenced style and many new features

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of features for the money
  • Strong fuel economy estimates
  • Generous warranty coverage
  • Easy-to-use technology interface
  • Stiff ride quality
  • Back seat isn't quite as roomy as those of some rivals
  • Not much fun to drive on winding roads
MSRP Starting at
$17,790

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Which Forte does Edmunds recommend?

With four trim levels, choosing the right Forte largely depends on what you're looking for. For a practical and well-equipped car, we'd suggest the LXS. It's a step above the base model, and with that you get larger alloy wheels, the upgraded transmission, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and nicer interior soft-touch surfaces.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.9 / 10

Introduced back in the 2010 model year, the Kia Forte was originally aimed at young buyers seeking a stylish and affordable compact car. The redesigned 2019 Kia Forte continues that mission, but it's no longer just an alternative to the establishment. This Forte is a desirable car in its own right thanks to a sharp design, engaging performance, and plenty of technology and safety features for the money.

The Forte enters its third generation with new styling cues. The long hood and fastback-style sloping roofline mimic those from Kia's top Stinger sport sedan. Power hasn't changed; the Forte still uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 147 horsepower, but a new continuously variable automatic transmission promises improved fuel economy. Last year's sporty Forte SX, with its turbocharged 201-hp engine, has been discontinued, but a similarly themed Forte GT is set to arrive for the 2020 model year.

The new-generation Forte also retains the model's main draws: a wealth of desirable standard features starting from the base trim level, including dual-zone air conditioning, an 8-inch touchscreen tech interface, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, and driver safety aids including automatic emergency braking and lane keeping assist.

That's just the start, too. The top EX trim offers premium touches such as faux leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and a hands-free trunk. All Fortes also have 15.3 cubic feet of cargo space, a sizable amount for any compact car.

The new Forte isn't without compromise, however. Acceleration is adequate, but we wouldn't call it impressive. Improved handling characteristics come at the expense of a stiffer ride, and overall the Forte's performance chops aren't quite as polished as those of its Honda and Mazda rivals. But for many drivers, the differences will be hard to spot. Overall, the Forte more than satisfies with its mix of great features, attractive style and appealing price.

2019 Kia Forte models

The 2019 Kia Forte is available in four trim levels: FE, LXS, S, and EX. All are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (147 horsepower, 132 pound-feet of torque). A six-speed manual transmission comes with the FE, while a continuously variable automatic transmission is standard-issue on all other trim levels.

Standard features on the FE include 15-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, rear air vents, an 8-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a four-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary audio jacks. The FE also comes with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keeping assist.

Moving up to the LXS adds 16-inch alloy wheels, selectable drive modes, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and soft-touch dash and door surfaces. The S trim continues the upgrades with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, foglights, a rear-seat armrest, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio and Kia's Uvo communication services. Features included in the optional S Premium package are a sunroof, LED headlights and automatic high beams.

The EX trim adds the final touches with heated side mirrors, windshield wiper de-icer, push-button ignition, keyless entry, keyless trunk opener, simulated-leather upholstery, a power adjustable driver's seat, heated and ventilated front seats, a sliding armrest and two extra USB ports. Additional driver aids on the EX include blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist.

Still want more? The EX Launch Edition package adds a load of premium features, including unique 17-inch wheels, a sunroof, a rear decklid spoiler, LED headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a larger gauge cluster display, a navigation system with voice controls, a wireless device charger, and an eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system with HD radio. This package also includes adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection for the automatic emergency braking system, rear parking sensors, and automatic high beams.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Kia Forte EX (2.0L inline-4 | CVT automatic | FWD).

Scorecard

Overall7.9 / 10
Driving7.0
Comfort8.0
Interior8.0
Utility8.5
Technology8.0

Driving

7.0
The Forte is ultimately a middle-of-the-road performer. Kia has done a good job making the relatively low-power engine feel stronger than its numbers suggest. In routine driving, the Forte feels confident enough. But start to push it and the Forte simply can't keep pace with top rivals.

Acceleration

6.5
The Forte feels adequately punchy around town and accelerates well at freeway speeds. It can keep pace with turbocharged competitors, but its CVT automatic is unrefined in its power delivery. Our as-tested 0-60 mph time of 8.7 seconds is middle of the road for the class.

Braking

8.0
The brake pedal is solid and responsive, especially as you dig down for stronger braking. Its linear response instills confidence even in emergency situations. We measured a 60-0 mph panic-stop distance of 120 feet, which is right up there with the best in the class.

Steering

7.0
The on-center feel is vague, but the Forte tracks well on long freeway drives. Steering weight builds rapidly, suggesting a sportiness that's at odds with the rest of the car's dynamics. There's no real feedback from the front wheels, but steering is precise enough that there's no issue for routine driving.

Handling

6.0
The Forte corners relatively flatly and feels stable at moderate speeds. Its torsion-beam rear suspension is upset by midcorner bumps in quicker driving, and its overbearing stability control system further discourages you to have fun along a twisty road. Past a certain point, its dynamics are unrewarding.

Drivability

7.0
Kia's CVT automatic generally works well but at times feels unpolished. It delivers power promptly when commanded, avoiding a rubber-band sensation, but is too eager to drop revs when you ease off the throttle slightly. This characteristic can make for a surging power delivery, especially in sporty driving. Honda's CVT is better.

Comfort

8.0
The supportive seats, quiet cabin, and straightforward climate controls are the highlights. The Forte has a stiffer and less refined ride compared to some competitors, but otherwise this car scores well for comfort.

Seat comfort

9.0
The bottom seat cushions are a bit flat, but they can be inclined, which helps. The seatback is contoured nicely and there's just enough padding for long-distance comfort. We appreciate the relatively soft and unobtrusive headrests, which might be the most comfortable spot to rest your dome in the whole class.

Ride comfort

6.0
The Forte's ride is on the stiffer side. However, it doesn't feel busy over rough paving or shallow imperfections. Where it stumbles is in smoothing out larger bumps. The rear suspension in particular is especially troubled by uneven bumps.

Noise & vibration

8.0
On the whole, the Forte is quieter than many other cars in the class. There's some wind and traffic noise that comes in through the doors, but it's not overwhelming. Road noise is handled well. Poor surfaces can create intrusive road noise, but on the whole noise is less of an issue than for quite a few cars in the class.

Climate control

9.0
The dual-zone system is easy to set to your liking, and it manages temperature nicely when left to its own devices. The rear seat vent is a nice touch. It's great to see heated and cooled seats at this price point, although its seat cooling is only marginally effective.

Interior

8.0
Kia has done an excellent job designing the Forte's interior. A mix of textures makes the well-built interior look more grown-up and refined. The controls are logical and easy to find, and the seating position offers a wide range of adjustability. That said, the rear seats don't offer much legroom, and visibility is a mixed bag.

Ease of use

9.0
Kia is generally very smart about control layout, and the Forte is no exception. The buttons are clearly marked and grouped logically, and the infotainment is easy to navigate with physical buttons for important features. Overall, it's easy to figure the Forte out.

Getting in/getting out

8.0
The seats are at a nice height relative to the ground, making it easy to pivot in and out, and the door openings are tall enough that only taller passengers will have to duck. The lower sills are a bit wide, making for more deliberate movements when entering the back seat.

Driving position

8.5
Usably high armrests on both sides are a plus, and there's plenty of seat adjustability for those drivers who want to sit closer and higher. The steering wheel telescopes far enough that taller drivers won't have to stretch to reach controls.

Roominess

6.5
The front seat is roomy with plenty of knee and shoulder room. Taller drivers have sufficient headroom, too. Rear-seat knee room falls short of class leaders (and the hard plastic seatbacks don't help), but headroom will only run out for passengers over 6 feet tall. There's generous toe room under the front seatbacks.

Visibility

7.0
The windshield pillars are wide but shaped in a way that prevents serious blind spots. Side and rearview mirrors provide a good aft view. Porthole windows in the rear roof pillars don't help much since they're quite small and positioned oddly. The rearview camera provides a clear view, even at night.

Quality

8.5
The Forte feels solidly put together, and even better it presents well, with an attractive mix of materials and surfaces. Most touch points are covered with something pleasant, and while there's a lot of hard plastic it's generally well-integrated and it doesn't make the car look cheap or lightweight.

Utility

8.5
For a small sedan, the Forte offers excellent utility. The trunk is large for the class, with a wide, flat load floor and a generous opening. Inside the cabin, there's lots of small-item storage options to help you organize your stuff.

Small-item storage

8.0
There are a decent number of options for stashing small items, with some neat little trays and a decently sized center console box. All four doors get door pockets that can hold a water bottle as well. It doesn't have more space than top competitors, but it allows for some separation and organization.

Cargo space

9.0
The trunk has an accommodating opening, and the liftover isn't too high for a sedan. The load floor is both wide and deep, and the rear wheelwells don't create too dramatic an incursion. It's a very usable space.

Child safety seat accommodation

7.0
LATCH points are clearly marked, and the anchors sit close to the surface of the cushions, making them easy to access. The somewhat limited backseat room means bulky rear-facing seats might interfere with front-seat movement.

Technology

8.0
Overall, the Kia offers a lot of well-integrated features, from an excellent touchscreen interface to good device integration and useful — if limited — voice controls. There's also a full suite of safety features and driver aids. But adaptive cruise is an option available only on the highest trim level.

Smartphone integration

8.0
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integrate well, and the Uvo app has some useful features. On lower trims you get two USB ports. Higher trim levels get three ports, and you can even get a wireless charging pad. Wi-Fi isn't available.

Driver aids

7.5
We were surprised to find adaptive cruise missing from our top-tier tester (it's an option even on the highest trim level), but it has a full suite of driver aids including blind-spot monitoring and forward collision warning. These systems worked well, avoiding false alerts.

Voice control

8.0
Smartphone controls integrate seamlessly, and the native system handles basic commands with little confusion. A command menu is displayed, but in some cases you can bypass steps once you learn the logic.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2019 Kia Forte.

5 star reviews: 71%
4 star reviews: 14%
3 star reviews: 0%
2 star reviews: 5%
1 star reviews: 10%
Average user rating: 4.3 stars based on 21 total reviews

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4 out of 5 stars, forte drive
aldinero,
S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

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.

5 out of 5 stars, 13 mustang to a 19 forte
Jon,
LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

I really love this car. I purchased it to replace my 2013 v6 mustang as a daily driver. It performs adequately for what it is. I would classify myself as a more aggressive driver and I have no issues getting on the freeway. The transmission is far better than I expected. Very rarely do i even realize it is a CVT. Snow performance is sub par if you live in a wintery area a different set of tires is advised. (I drove my mustang regularly in 10 inches of snow on blizzacks and it performed better) Pay for the heated mirrors they're worth it. The ride is stiff but it's not uncomfortable. Entertainment system is superb as well as the climate control. I regularly get 400+ miles on 11 gallons of gas. The automatic wipers arent fantastic. Interior quality is great I dont have any rattles and my state has some of the worst roads in the country. Great roadtrip car, the trunk is massive and I've had four 6 ft adults in the car for long periods of time with no complaints. I wish the trunk lining was a material with more grip as things slide around the trunk like crazy. Plenty of storage space though. I had one issue where a lightbulb burned out and Kia went above and beyond to resolve the issue. They even sent me a gift card in the mail for the inconvenience. Great car for the money would highly recommend.

5 out of 5 stars, Not So Compact, Compact Car
Cnovalles73,
LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

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.

4 out of 5 stars, IT IS A KEEPER
Paul,
EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

I have the EX Launch edition. It has almost every safety feature available and I am very pleased. My first choice was the Honda Civic, there were no incentives. Then I saw the features on the Forte and the price, bye Honda. The Forte has room,comfort and pleasing interior. It is a quiet car considering it is a compact and very road worthy. My other car is a Nissan Murano and I compare the Forte to be an equal,all things considered. A nice clean exterior and smooth design. Why green valve caps on black wheels? The Fortes trunk is very roomy with a hidden storage area under the trunk mat,nice. So far gas mileage is about 33mpg, I only have 513 miles on it. Harmon Kardom radio is fantastic! I do not have a heated steering wheel, darn, but the ventilated seats are really nice. I highly recommend this vehicle,never having a compact car, I traded a 2010 Mustang yeah I know, I am happy with my decision. My 11 year old grand kids miss the Pony but do have a lot of rear seat room.

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2019 Kia Forte video

2019 Kia Forte | First Drive

2019 Kia Forte | First Drive

[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]

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

LXS 4dr Sedan features & specs
LXS 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$19,190
MPG 30 city / 40 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower147 hp @ 6200 rpm
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S 4dr Sedan features & specs
S 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$20,290
MPG 30 city / 40 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower147 hp @ 6200 rpm
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FE 4dr Sedan features & specs
FE 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$18,690
MPG 31 city / 41 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower147 hp @ 6200 rpm
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EX 4dr Sedan features & specs
EX 4dr Sedan
2.0L 4cyl CVT
MSRP$21,990
MPG 30 city / 40 hwy
SeatingSeats 5
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Horsepower147 hp @ 6200 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Forte safety features:

Automatic Emergency Braking
Applies the brakes automatically to avoid a collision with an obstacle in front of the vehicle.
Blind-Spot Detection
Alerts the driver to the presence of other vehicles in the car's blind spots.
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
Monitors for moving traffic behind the vehicle when in reverse.

NHTSA Overall Rating 4 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver4 / 5
Passenger3 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
RolloverRating
Rollover4 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.7%

Kia Forte vs. the competition

Kia Forte vs. Honda Civic

Today's Honda Civic is a benchmark of the class. From engaging performance and handling, roomy cabin comfort and sophisticated tech, the Civic is the most well-rounded small car you can buy. It's a tall order for any car, including the Forte, to measure up to it. But the Kia does stack up well against the Civic in most regards. The Forte also costs less and offers an impressive warranty.

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Kia Forte vs. Mazda 3

If the act and feel of carving turns on open roads appeal to you, you'll want to consider the Mazda 3. Like the Forte, the Mazda 3 is redesigned for 2019 with an eye-catching design and new features. We expect it to provide impressive engine performance and sharp handling. Plus, the Mazda offers optional all-wheel drive this year. From a value perspective, however, the Forte could very well still be the way to go.

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Kia Forte vs. Subaru Impreza

The Impreza and the Forte are evenly matched in performance, with the Subaru making just slightly more power. Standard all-wheel drive gives the Impreza an edge for improved traction in wet-weather driving, however. The Impreza is also slightly roomier for front and rear passengers, but you won't get quite as much cargo room in the Impreza; it's 3 cubic feet shy of the Forte's trunk space.

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2019 Kia Forte First Look

Compact Sedan Meets Stinger Style

Edmunds by Edmunds , EdmundsJanuary 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.

FAQ

Is the Kia Forte a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2019 Forte both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.9 out of 10. You probably care about Kia Forte fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Forte gets an EPA-estimated 31 mpg to 35 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Forte has 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Kia Forte. Learn more

What's new in the 2019 Kia Forte?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2019 Kia Forte:

  • The Kia Forte sedan has been fully redesigned for 2019
  • Stinger-influenced style and many new features
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Is the Kia Forte reliable?

To determine whether the Kia Forte is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Forte. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Forte's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2019 Kia Forte a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2019 Kia Forte is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2019 Forte and gave it a 7.9 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2019 Forte is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2019 Kia Forte?

The least-expensive 2019 Kia Forte is the 2019 Kia Forte FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $17,790.

Other versions include:

  • LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $19,190
  • S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $20,290
  • FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $18,690
  • EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $21,990
  • FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) which starts at $17,790
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What are the different models of Kia Forte?

If you're interested in the Kia Forte, the next question is, which Forte model is right for you? Forte variants include LXS 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), S 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), FE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and EX 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). For a full list of Forte models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2019 Kia Forte Sedan Overview

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

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 4.3 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.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2019 Forte Sedan featuring deep dives into trim levels including LXS, S, FE, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Read our full review of the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan here.

Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

What's a good price for a New 2019 Kia Forte Sedan?

Shop with Edmunds for perks and special offers on new cars, trucks, and SUVs near Ashburn, VA. Doing so could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars. Edmunds also provides consumer-driven dealership sales and service reviews to help you make informed decisions about what cars to buy and where to buy them.

Which 2019 Kia Forte Sedans are available in my area?

2019 Kia Forte Sedan Listings and Inventory

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Why trust Edmunds?

Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan and all available trim types: FE, LXS, EX, etc. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2019 Kia Forte Sedan include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

Should I lease or buy a 2019 Kia Forte Sedan?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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