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While SUV sales have been growing in recent years, compact cars remain popular. The 2019 Kia Forte is set to disrupt the class, ready to take on the competition with new exterior styling, new technology features and a more sophisticated cabin. When you see the new Kia Forte at a dealership like Kia Temecula, you’ll want to place it at the top of your shopping list.

The 2019 Kia Forte borrows design inspiration from the Kia Stinger. The result is a “tiger nose” grille and a bigger lower intake that creates a unique face. The profile is slimmer, the length is slightly longer, and the stance is decidedly more aggressive. The headlights are sharp and the folks at the Kia Dealer in Temecula pointed out the traces of the Optima in the back, particularly in the taillights.

You’ll find evidence of the Stinger inside, too, such as the wider dash design, the gearshift lifter, the circular air vents and the buttons. The climate control dials and abundant soft-touch materials found on the door panels and dash impart a premium appearance and feel to the Forte that you won’t find in many competing vehicles. Speaking of climate control, we should point out the Forte is the only compact car that features standard automatic climate control.


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The driver and passengers will enjoy the comfortable and quiet cabin. The infotainment system has a standard 8-inch tablet-style touchscreen and comes with Bluetooth, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The system responds to commands quickly. Audiophiles will love the optional eight-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system.

The automotive press is impressed by the 2019 Kia Forte, with writing: “On top of its value proposition, its combination of style, respectable handling, excellent ride comfort and tech position the new Forte well to play to a wide audience. Nobody should be surprised if it continues to be Kia's best seller.”

In previous years, Kia offered a hatchback called the Forte5, but the automaker hasn’t confirmed its plans for a hatch at the time of this writing. We expect the hatchback model to appear after the sedan is released. There are four trim levels on offer: FE, LX, S and EX. Front-wheel drive is standard across the board.

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Powering the sedan is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a new standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CVT includes programmed steps and its manual shift function is more responsive than most other CVTs. Last year’s six-speed manual gearbox is available on the FE trim with 15-inch steel wheels. Fuel efficiency is admirable, with the CVT delivering EPA-estimated ratings of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway. With the six-speed manual, the Forte gets 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway.*

Standard safety gear includes lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The top-of-the-range EX trim gets standard rear cross-traffic alert, lane-change assist and blind spot monitoring. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and auto high-beams.


* All vehicle mileage based on 2019 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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