What’s the Difference Between the 2019 and 2018 Kia Forte?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia Forte, Kia models, Model Comparison on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at 3:32 pm
2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Kia Forte

As we’ve previously discussed, the Kia Forte underwent a significant redesign for its 2019 model. With that in mind, how extensive are the changes in comparison to the 2018 Kia Forte? We find out by comparing the 2019 Kia Forte against the 2018 Kia Forte.

2019 Kia Forte and 2018 Kia Forte Specification Comparison

Model 2019 Kia Forte 2018 Kia Forte
Starting MSRP $17,690 $16,800
Baseline Engine 2L Inline 4
Horsepower 147 147
Torque (lb-ft) 132 132
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 31 28
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 14 13.2


As we can see, the engine and power output of the Forte hasn’t changed from its 2018 to 2019 models. However, despite that remaining consistent, the 2019 Kia Forte has significantly increased its fuel economy. This is done through a second-generation powertrain that has dramatically improved efficiency. However, the more dramatic changes have to do with design and technology. Compared to the 2018 Kia Forte, the 2019 Kia Forte adds the following features:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist 
  • Gloss Black Exterior Accents 
  • Harman/Kardon® Premium Audio 
  • High Beam Assist 
  • Increased Length, Width, Cabin and Cargo Space 
  • Kia Stinger Inspired Fastback Design 
  • LED Interior Lighting 
  • New Aerodynamic Air Curtains 
  • New Paint Color Options 
  • Parking Distance Warning-Reverse 
  • Smart Cruise Control 
  • SOFINO Leatherette Seat Trim 
  • UVO eServices with 8” Touch-Screen Display 
  • And More!

2019 Kia Forte Launch Edition Features and Tech

The 2019 Kia Forte is now out and available at most Kia dealerships. Residents of Kenosha County, Wisconsin can contact us here at the Palmen Kia dealership for additional information.

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