2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte

They say the all-new 2019 Kia Forte sports what's called a tiger-nose. Well, we're saying the rest of this four-door sedan iis just as sleek and agile as a tiger too. In this preview guide, we'll afford a look of the new Kia Forte. This car has had a complete redesign for the new model year, and the Kia Forte has never looked or run better. It's enough to make its buyers purr.


The all-new 2019 Kia Forte has a more sculpted shape. Taking a page from the Kia Stinger sports car playbook, the 2019 Forte looks more aggressive (with a new sporty color in Fire Orange) and has a larger footprint. The 2019 Forte is taller by half an inch, wider by 0.7 inches, and over 3 inches longer. If we had just one complaint about the previous model's exterior, it was that the 2018 Forte looked too petite, even for its class. Now the 2019 Forte has come into its own. What does that mean for the interior? More head room, leg room, and cargo space. So stretch your legs and bask in the beauty of this redesigned compact sedan that now has a hint of sports car in its looks.

Engine and Transmission

Kia has replaced the base engine, but the Forte still has the same horsepower and torque as its predecessor: 147 horsepower and 132 pounds per foot of torque in a new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle inline-four engine. What has changed is the transmission. Now, instead of a six-speed automatic you have your choice of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or an eight-speed automatic. We like the CVTs coming out now, which have resolved many of the issues they used to have. They now provide seamless acceleration and a very quiet ride with no noticeable shifting of gears.

2019 Kia Forte on the Road

Interior and Technology

Step inside and you'll see the 2019 Forte has turbine-style vent openings. Seats aren't mushy like they could be in the 2018 Forte, but provide plenty of support while still being comfortable: a road tripper's dream. The three-spoke steering wheel sits in front of a cluster design. A large 7- or 8-inch tablet-style display floats just above the dash, and is surrounded by plenty of physical knobs. It doesn't seem like and intuitive, easy layout should be hard to make but many manufacturers struggle to provide one.

Not so with the Forte. Everything feels comfortably within reach and just where you'd expect it to be. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone compatibility come standard. There are nice available perks like wireless phone-charging pad, so no fumbling with cords to plug in. Available active-safety features include adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and forward-collision warning.

We're plenty happy with the improvements to the 2019 Kia Forte. What was already an tech-friendly, attractive-inside-and-out car became a bit sportier, a bit more comfortable, and a bit techier. What's not to love?