Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan
Which Forte does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- 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
- The Kia Forte sedan has been fully redesigned for 2019
- Stinger-influenced style and many new features
Overall rating7.9 / 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.
|Overall||7.9 / 10|
Noise & vibration8.0
Ease of use9.0
Getting in/getting out8.0
Child safety seat accommodation7.0
Audio & navigation8.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Forte models:
- 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 Rating4 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger3 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover10.7%
2019 Kia Forte First Impressions
2019 Kia Forte First Look
Compact Sedan Meets Stinger Style
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.
Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan Overview
The Used 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). Pre-owned Kia Forte Sedan models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 147 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic. The Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan LXS is priced between $16,977 and$23,999 with odometer readings between 7916 and76466 miles.
- The Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan S is priced between $18,998 and$22,990 with odometer readings between 12772 and56776 miles.
- The Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan EX is priced between $19,998 and$23,590 with odometer readings between 5165 and51456 miles.
- The Used 2019 Kia Forte Sedan FE is priced between $17,590 and$20,998 with odometer readings between 13576 and63859 miles.
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