With Kia Motors changing the focus of their auto brand with a new GT lineup, Kia will soon shake the auto market once again. Just like the automaker did with the Kia Stinger, the vehicle that started it all with its own GT trim, the new GT-Line from Kia will mark a whole new age for the brand. It all begins with the 2019 Kia Forte GT, debuted during the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, and in Korea prior. Before the GT-Line takes over though, take a look at what makes the new 2019 Kia Forte so great.
For consumers that want a spacious vehicle that is fuel-efficient while delivering performance, the 2019 Kia Forte can foot the bill. Kia Motors is known for making vehicles with spacious cabins, like the Kia Optima and Kia Stinger. The cabin is also pretty comfortable, allowing us to enjoy the 147 horsepower of the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine under the hood.
Optimized with dual continuously variable valve timing and multi-point injection fuel delivery, this engine comes paired to a six-speed manual transmission that comes standard on the base, but an intelligent variable transmission (IVT) with Sportmatic on the rest of the lineup (optional on the base). The engineering lends itself to a fuel economy of 27/37 mpg city/highway for the Forte FE with manual transmission, 31/41 mpg city/highway with the IVT. The rest of the lineup comes with a combined fuel economy of 34 mpg. On average, most consumers will have about 35 mpg over several hundred miles – not bad at all.
After the Kia Stinger was released, its style started to bleed into other Kia vehicles, with the Kia Forte taking some notes. The third-generation Kia Forte is the best-looking Kia sedan yet, and a lot of that comes from its upgrades. New headlights are complemented by a distinctive grille underlined by aggressive air intakes integrated into the front bumper, and the rear fascia looks even better with LED tailights (S and EX trims) and triangular, faux air vents at the corners of the bumper.
Getting back into the cabin, we talked about how spacious it is. 37.5 inches of head room, 35.7 inches of legroom, and 15.3 cubic-feet of trunk space, there’s enough space for passengers and cargo. Thanks to a 60/40 split-folding bench seat, consumers can fit larger items if not all seats are in-use.
Kia Motors always spoils its consumers with technology, and the the 2019 Kia Forte starts off with an 8-inch touchscreen with a four-speaker system as the standard setup for the FE and LXS trims. UVO eServices with voice recognition and SiriusXM satellite radio come standard on the S and EX trims, with the EX able to add-on voice-command navigation and HD Radio. Both trims can also add on additional tweeter speakers, whereas the EX can upgrade to an eight-speaker Harman/Kardon premium audio system with Clari-Fi and an integrated subwoofer. All trims come with Google Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth wireless hands-free technology, and a rear-camera display.
In terms of safety, all trims come with forward collision-advance assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist-line, and driver attention warning. The 2019 Kia Forte EX comes with blind spot collision warning, lane change assist, and a rear cross traffic collision warning system. The EX can opt-in for a parking distance warning for when operating in reverse, a forward collision-avoidance assist system with pedestrian detection, and smart cruise control for cruise control that adapts to changes in speed according to other vehicles on the road.
Yes, the 2019 Kia Forte is a pretty sweet ride. You can find either model, sedan or hatchback, at Miami Lakes Kia today.