Kia Optima vs Kia Forte

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    Kia is known for creating models that are sleek, dynamic, and tech-savvy including the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Kia Forte. On this page, we at Feldman Kia will give you a detailed overview of what these models have to offer and how they compare. Sedan shoppers in Novi, Livonia, and Southfield should read ahead to see which model is the best fit!


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    Kia Optima vs Kia Forte: Overview

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    Kia Optima


    Kia Forte

    LX, S, EX, SX

    Trim Level Options

    FE, LXS, S, EX

    EPA-estimated 25 city / 35 highway MPG

    Fuel Economy

    EPA-estimated 31 city / 41 highway MPG

    15.9 cubic feet

    Maximum Trunk Space

    15.3 cubic feet

    45.5 inches / 35.6 inches

    Front / Rear Legroom

    42.2 inches / 35.7 inches


    Optima vs Forte: Performance Specs

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    The 2019 Kia Optima gives you the choice between three peppy engines starting with a standard 2.4L I-4 engine. For the most power with this model, you can swap this standard engine out for an available 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine that pumps out an incredible 245 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

    The 2019 Kia Forte, on the other hand, prioritizes fuel economy. This model comes equipped with a 2.0L Atkinson Cycle I-4 engine that can be paired with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT). Together, this duo achieves an incredible EPA-estimated 31 city / 41 highway MPG.1

    Optima vs Forte: Interior Dimensions

    kia optima interiorThe 2019 Kia Optima, by design, is bigger than the 2019 Kia Forte because it's a full-size car while the Forte is classified as a compact car. Regardless, both models offer plenty of room for up to five passengers and more than 15 cubic feet's worth of cargo space in the trunk.

    Additionally, the interiors of both models are styled to the nines with a wide variety of premium comfort features to choose from. Both models offer heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel. In the Optima, you can also opt for quilted Nappa leather seating surfaces and a 12-way power-adjustable driver's seat.

    Optima vs Forte: Technology Features


    There's quite a bit of overlap when it comes to the technology features that the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Kia Forte have to offer. In both models, you'll get:

    • UVO link infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen display
    • Smartphone app integration via Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
    • Voice-command navigation system with SiriusXM® Traffic and HD Radio™

    You'll also get a slew of advanced active safety features in both models including Forward Collision Warning, Driver Attention Warning, and a rear camera display.

    2019 Kia Optima vs 2019 Kia Forte: The Verdict

    As you can see, both the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Kia Forte offer an ideal lineup of features and capabilities. The only way to know for sure which one is the right one for you is to take a test drive with us at Feldman Kia. Shoppers in Novi, Livonia, and Southfield should give us a call to schedule yours today!

    1 EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition. These estimates reflect EPA's revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.


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