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2019 Kia Forte: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - June 19, 2018
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Model Preview

Kia is undergoing a revolution, as its existing models continue to move upscale and new models like the Stinger push the brand even higher. But its bread-and-butter model, the Forte, was long overdue for a complete redo. Kia finally meets this need with the fully redesigned 2019 Forte sedan.

The 2019 Forte’s looks are all new and clearly draw heavily from the new Stinger, especially in its headlights. Not only does it take on sharper looks, but the new Forte is also larger than before. Its fastback-like design has allowed engineers to stretch it by 3.2 inches in length, add 0.7 inches in width, and make it roughly a half inch taller.

The larger body will result in a roomier cabin. Kia didn’t get into specifics, but the automaker made it clear that there will be an increase in headroom and legroom. Its trunk will also grow to a class-leading 15.1 cubic feet.

Helping enhance the extra room will be the horizontal theme in the cabin to enhance its feeling of openness. Buyers will also find circular vents, loads of soft-touch materials, and a standard 8-inch color touchscreen. Other technological advancements will include standard Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and available wireless charging, a 320-watt audio system, and more.

2019 Kia Forte

Kia’s not one to shake up powertrains too much, and this will remain true in the 2019 Forte. It will continue with the same 2.0-liter Nu four-cylinder engine. This engine’s output will remain the same at 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, but its combined fuel economy will jump to a Kia-estimated 35 miles per gallon -- a 3 mpg improvement. The standard transmission will remain a six-speed manual while its optional transmission will be an all-new continuously variable unit.

The current Forte is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+, and we expect this to remain the same in the new generation, thanks to its 54% high-strength-steel construction. Additionally, Kia spreads many of its advanced driver assistance features as options on the Forte, including blind-spot warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, and more.

Pricing & Release Date

The 2019 Forte is expected to begin production in July 2018.

We expect official pricing to fall just a bit above the current Forte’s MSRP range of $18,795 to $24,795 (destination fees included).

The cast of competition will include familiar faces like the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and Toyota Corolla.

Learn about the current Forte on sale now »

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2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte

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