2019 Kia Forte Introduction

The 2019 Kia Forte rolls into the new model year with high fuel economy, a great warranty, and excellent value. It’s sold as a sedan only; the former hatchback model has been dropped.

The engine is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, making 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. It’s coupled to a new continuously variable transmission, or a 6-speed manual in one model. The Forte is front-wheel drive.

The new Forte is 3.2 inches longer and 0.8 inches wider than the previous sedan, with a curb weight of about 2,800 pounds. It remains handsome, more like the sporty Kia Stinger than before, and the interior is sleek and functional.

It continues to get excellent gas mileage, with the CVT-equipped base FE model rated by the EPA at 31 mpg city, 41 highway, 35 combined. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the FE, but it gets 4 miles per gallon less, at 27/37/31 mpg.

The 2019 Forte earns a Top Safety Pick+ award from the IIHS, but it hasn’t been crash-tested by the NHTSA yet.

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