2019 Kia Forte Priced From $18,585

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, Automotive Editor - September 4, 2018

Kia may have been coming off of its best year in sales with the compact Forte in 2017, but the automaker didn't have plans to rest on its laurels. Instead, the Korean automaker introduced an all-new Forte that's larger, more attractive, and more fuel efficient than before. Now, we know that the 2019 Kia Forte will start at $18,585 (all prices include the $895 destination fee).

This is a substantial jump in pricing over last year's model, which started at just $17,695. The extra money, though, lands you into a vehicle that has more features than before. Over last year's model, the 2019 variant brings auto on/off headlights, a supervision meter cluster with a 3.5-inch LCD display, an eight-inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist as standard. A lot of these features weren't even offered on last year's entry-level model, so while the Forte has gone up in pricing, the vehicle is a better value.

In addition to getting more standard features, the 2019 Forte is more fuel efficient than before. While the 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine goes unchanged, the motor can now be fitted with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which replaces last year's available six-speed automatic transmission. The change helps the Forte get up to 31 miles per gallon city, 41 mpg highway, and 35 combined, according to the EPA. These figures are much better than last year's model, which was rated to get up to 29/37/32 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Speaking of the CVT, opting for the available transmission on the base trim is an extra $900, which is $100 less than last year's optional six-speed automatic gearbox. Moving up the ladder, the Forte LXS trim, which is new for 2019, starts at $19,985. The Forte S is priced at $21,085 (an increase of $790) and the range-topping EX trim costs $22,885 ($290 more than last year).

Last year's Forte was one of the more affordable options in the compact segment, but that's no longer the case with the $890 price increase. The Forte, though, makes a strong case for itself with even more standard features, especially its impressive list of high-tech safety equipment. Based on its lengthier list of standard equipment, Stinger-inspired design, and better fuel efficiency, the Forte is a stronger competitor than ever in the compact segment.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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