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2019 Kia Forte Review


The 2019 Kia Forte takes a giant leap forward with innovative style and safety technology. A long list of standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning and lane departure warning. 

Style-wise, the Forte has a modern sports car look that is closely aligned with the new Stinger. Innovative mechanical upgrades help you exceed 40 MPG on the highway. 

We are simply blown away by the new Forte and we think this game-changing sedan will be perfect for your lifestyle. 


Complete Redesign

Like we said, everything about the new Forte is improved. It turns heads with a design described as sporty and sophisticated. The best way to describe it is “miniature Stinger.”

Enthusiasts know that the right proportions are key, and like the Stinger, Forte’s long hood and short deck lend it an overall fastback-like shape. The cowl point was moved back five inches, creating a more athletic stance that makes the Forte appear well-planted to the ground.

Creases in the hood contribute to the Forte’s muscular appearance while the combination of a newly designed signature tiger nose grille and aggressive black lower valance enhances its individual character. Standard projection or available full LEDs can be had on the Stinger-inspired headlamps, while separate turn signal indicators are mounted near newly designed air curtains that help improve aerodynamic performance. Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath available LED taillights. Similar to the Sportage compact crossover, a sleek horizontal trim piece connects the taillights.

Safety Tech is Standard

Innovative safety technology is now standard on the Forte.

- Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance (FCA) works independently of drivers and can apply the brakes in certain situations to help prevent frontal collisions.

- Standard Forward Collision Warning (FCW) is designed to sense certain road hazards ahead and then give audible and visual alerts.

- Standard Lane Departure Warning (LDW) can monitor your position and give an audible alert if your Forte drifts outside of detected lane markers. 

 Additional Safety Tech available on higher trim levels include:

- Smart Cruise Control (SCC), an innovative system that is designed to use radar to detect vehicles in front of you under certain conditions and slow down or accelerate your Forte as needed.

- Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) system can help increase your awareness, alerting you with an indicator light on the outside mirrors if it detects vehicles in your Forte’s blind spot.

- The available Lane Change Assist (LCA) goes further, by warning you of vehicles that the system detects coming from behind.

- Parking Distance Warning-Reverse (PDW-R) uses a sonar sensor system to detect obstacles you might have missed behind your Forte. If one is detected, the system provides an audible warning.


Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Standard

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are now standard on every 2019 Kia Forte. These systems are displayed on an 8-inch touchscreen.

These systems make it easy and safe to connect your phone to your car and use your phone’s capabilities hands-free. Send texts with your voice and have text messages read over the speakers. You can also make and take hands-free phone calls.

Access your phone’s map apps, and listen to the songs, podcasts, and audiobooks stored on your phone. You can also access popular apps like WhatsApp, Spotify, Amazon and Google Play Music, NPR One, Tidal, Pandora, MLB AtBat, Waze and more.


40 MPG

The Forte’s new IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) helps the Forte get improved fuel economy with  smoother handling.

FE automatic Fortes reach 41 MPG on the highway, while the LXS, S and EX trims all reach 40 MPG. The Forte is one of the few vehicles which still offer a manual transmission option. Those reach 37 MPG on the highway.

Engineers built the IVT with adaptive style shift logic with a chain-type belt instead of push belt, a first in the compact class. This results in smooth and linear acceleration, and for a more enjoyable and sporty driving experience, a step-shift-like feel mimics a conventional automatic at wide-open throttle or when more acceleration is needed.


Comfortable Driving

The Forte is loaded with available comfort and convenience options like wireless charging, heated front seats, sunroof, push-button start, power seat and much more.

The Waikem Way

At Waikem Kia, it’s easy to put the 2019 Kia Forte. We offer a great low price and a family-friendly buying experience. The Waikem family has been in the community selling cars for more than 50 years, and you’ll find a Waikem family member in the store, every day.

View our inventory below, then stop out at Waikem today to see why the Forte is the perfect modern model.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2019 Kia Forte EX 4dr Sedan for Sale in inventory


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