Kia redesigned its Forte compact sedan for 2019, giving it sportier looks with hints of the Kia Stinger sports sedan, along with a nicer and more comfortable interior and a higher-mileage powertrain. The Forte competes with such rival compact sedans as the Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.
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The Forte has a new, Kia-designed continuously variable automatic transmission that uses a chain drive, rather than a belt, to better mimic the feel of a conventional transmission. That effort has mixed success, but it does deliver on higher mileage. The CVT and lone 2019 engine offering — a revised 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder — are EPA-rated at up to 35 mpg combined.
The all-new Forte carries over mostly unchanged into the 2020 model year, which is just going on sale but features one significant addition. There is an extra engine choice wrapped in a new, sportier GT trim level: a 201-horsepower, turbocharged 1.6-liter with a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. You also can get the sportier look for 2020 without the go-faster hardware in a model called the GT-Line.
Interested in this new Kia compact sedan SUV that combines better looks and comfort with high gas mileage? We’ve driven the redesigned 2019 Kia Forte and also covered pricing, specs and more. Below is a roundup of our comprehensive coverage, which can tell you everything you need to know about the 2019 Kia Forte:
2019 Kia Forte Gets More Stylish, More Efficient
2019 Kia Forte Shows Sensible Can Be Sexy
2019 Kia Forte Quick Spin: Value, Not Fun, Is Forte’s Strong Suit
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Kia Shows Off Coming Forte GT With Turbo Performance at SEMA
2019 Kia Forte Video: Like Busy Styling? May the Forte Be With You
2019 Kia Forte Video Review
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