How are the 2019 Kia Sedans Different?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia Forte, Kia Optima, Kia Rio, Model Comparison on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 at 4:46 pm
Kia logo on tiger nose grille

2019 Kia Rio vs 2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Kia Optima

What is the difference between all of the Kia sedan models? We’ll be explaining the answer to that question today by taking a look at the 2019 models of the Kia Rio, the Kia Forte, and the Kia Optima.


2019 Kia Rio vs 2019 Kia Soul


For the sake of this comparison, and keeping it on topic, we will be staying away from the Kia Stinger, the Kia Cadenza, and the Kia K900. This is primarily due to their vast differences in price and their target audiences. We will instead be focusing on the more budgeted and consumer-focused Kia sedans.

Rio, Forte, and Optima Sedan Comparison

2019 Kia Rio exterior shot with blue paint color parked next to a grass field and brick wall

2019 Kia Forte compact sedan exterior shot with red paint color parked near an ocean sunset

2019 Kia Optima silver driving down a forest road

Model 2019 Kia Rio 2019 Kia Forte 2019 Kia Optima
Starting MSRP $15,390 $17,790 $22,990
Engine 1.6L Inline 4 2L Inline 4 2.4L Inline 4
Horsepower 130 147 185
Torque (lb-ft) 119 132 178
2nd Engine Option N/A N/A 1.6L Turbocharged Inline 4
Horsepower N/A N/A 178
Torque (lb-ft) N/A N/A 195
3rd Engine Option N/A N/A 2L Turbocharged Inline 4
Horsepower N/A N/A 245
Torque (lb-ft) N/A N/A 260
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Optional Transmission N/A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) 7-Speed Automated Manual
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 32 31-35* 24-31*
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 11.9 14 18.5
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3) 13.7 15.3 15.9
Total Seating 5 5 5
Classification Subcompact Sedan Compact Sedan Midsize Sedan

*Combined fuel economy rating varies depending on the choice of engine and transmission.

Things progress as expected for the most part, with space, power, and price increasing with each size boost of the sedans. The only big surprises to point out is that the 2019 Kia Forte actually has the best fuel economy out of the 3 when equipped with a CVT. Additionally, the 2019 Kia Optima has a lot of variation in terms of engine options, supplying power that rivals a large SUV at its top-tier build.


2019 Kia Forte Trim Level Comparison


Find, Test Drive, and Buy a Kia Sedan in Kenosha, WI

You can take a tour and a test drive with any of the Kia sedans listed above here at Palmen Kia. We have 2019 Kia Rio models, 2019 Kia Forte models, and 2019 Kia Optima models in stock among other Kia vehicles. Browse our online inventory to see our full selection of available models. For more information or assistance, please contact us. Our staff can be reached online, by phone, or in person. The Palmen Kia dealership is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin within the greater area of Kenosha County.

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