2019 Kia Forte Rated At Up To 41 MPG Highway

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, Automotive Editor - August 21, 2018

Kia made some extensive changes for the 2019 Forte. The redesigned compact vehicle gets new styling, which is inspired by the athletic Stinger, more high-end features, and better fuel economy figures. While we're still waiting to get official pricing for the 2019 Kia Forte, the EPA just put out its definitive fuel economy numbers for the sedan, and they're impressive.

The new Forte retains the same engine as last year's model, a 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The major difference between the new Forte and the old one, though, is the transmission. The 2018 model came with a six-speed automatic unit, while Kia has fitted the 2019 Forte with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Don't worry enthusiasts, a six-speed manual gearbox is still available.

With the CVT, the Forte is rated by the EPA to get up to 31 miles per gallon city, 41 mpg highway, and 35 combined. The best the outgoing model could do was 29/37/32 mpg (city/highway/combined). That's a large difference, especially for the sedan's highway and combined numbers. With the manual transmission, the 2019 Forte gets up to 27/37/31 mpg.

The fuel economy figures for the new Forte are exactly what Kia promised when the automaker unveiled the car at this year's Detroit auto show.

Against competitors, the 2019 Kia Forte stacks up pretty well in terms of fuel economy. The star of the compact segment is the Chevrolet Cruze with the diesel engine, which is rated to get up to 31/48/37 mpg. The Honda Civic is another more efficient option, as its turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder can get up to 32/42/36 mpg. The Hyundai Elantra, Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, and Volkswagen Jetta all achieve similar fuel economy as the Forte.

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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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