2020 Kia Forte vs 2019 Kia Forte
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2.0L I-4 2.0L I-4


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  MPG (City/Highway)

27/37 * 27/37 *

2020 Kia Forte vs 2019 Kia Forte

Serving Gainesville, FL

In 2020, the Forte's biggest change over the 2019 model year is a change in lineup. Two new trims are added to the Forte family for 2020: the GT and GT Line trims, while the S trim is eliminated. The Forte comes well-equipped with various safety technology and amenities in both model years, including the most advanced safety aids starting at the base level. The Forte offers amenities that vary by trim level moving up the line. Performance features also vary by trim, with some higher-end trims offering more performance-oriented mechanical systems. The Forte was fully redesigned in 2019 with some aesthetic cues borrowed from the Stinger. With its relatively new sporty look, the Kia Forte doesn't get many aesthetics changes for the 2020 model year.


The Kia Forte carries over in 2020 with the same engine it had in 2019, but there is also a new GT trim engine. The base engine, which powers all models except the GT, has a 147 HP and 132 LB-FT power capacity in torque. The standard transmission on the Forte is a six-speed manual, but you can choose the automatic transmission. The GT has its engine, which is a 1.6L with four cylinders. This engine's power output increases to 201 HP, and its torque production gets a boost to 195 LB-FT. The GT's engine is available with a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic transmission with a dual-clutch instead.


A sporty exterior characterizes both Kia Forte model years with some variation in appearance by trim level. The FE, which is the base Forte, gets 15-inch steel wheels. Automatic headlights are standard on this trim level. Larger 16-inch alloy wheels are standard on the LXS, which is the next trim up. The GT-Line has 17-inch wheels, black exterior accents, and a rear spoiler. Unique 17-inch wheels are a highlight of the EX trim. LED lights, automatic high beam control, and even larger 18-inch wheels are standard on the top trim level.


At a minimum, the Kia Forte gives you an eight-inch infotainment display screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard features. Both front seats are height-adjustable, and the safety package includes forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and lane departure warning. A leather steering wheel is added to the GT-Line, while heated and ventilated seats are standard in the EX. The GT gets ambient interior lighting and dual USB ports.

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* Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.