What are the Differences Between the 2020 Kia Rio, Forte, and Optima?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparisons, Kia Forte, Kia Optima, Kia Rio, Model Comparison on Monday, November 11th, 2019 at 6:44 pm
2020 Kia Rio vs 2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Kia Optima

2020 Kia Rio vs 2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Kia Optima

Which Kia sedan is the right fit for you? There’s the 2020 Kia Rio subcompact sedan, the 2020 Kia Forte compact sedan, and the 2020 Kia Optima midsize sedan, each one a successive step up in power, size, features, and price. Today, we’ll compare them all to make it easy for you to find out which Kia sedan is a good fit! It’s the 2020 Kia Rio vs the 2020 Kia Forte vs the 2020 Kia Optima!

2020 Kia Rio Sedan and Hatchback – What’s New?

2020 Kia Rio vs Forte vs Optima


Model 2020 Kia Rio 2020 Kia Forte 2020 Kia Optima
Baseline Engine 1.6L Inline 4 2L Inline 4 2.4L Inline 4
Horsepower 120 147 185
Torque (lb-ft) 112 132 178
Upgraded Engine 1 N/A 1.6L Turbocharged Inline 4 1.6L Turbocharged Inline 4
Horsepower N/A 201 178
Torque (lb-ft) N/A 195 195
Upgraded Engine 2 N/A N/A 2L Turbocharged Inline 4
Horsepower N/A N/A 245
Torque (lb-ft) N/A N/A 260
Standard Transmission IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Additional Transmission Option(s) N/A CVT, 7-Speed Automated Manual 7-Speed Automated Manual
Standard Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
City Fuel Economy (mpg) 33 27 25
Highway Fuel Economy (mpg) 41 37 35
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 36 31 29
Front / Rear Legroom (in.) 42.1 / 33.5 42.2 / 35.7 45.5 / 35.6
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
Starting MSRP $15,750 $17,790 $23,190


2020 Kia Optima Color Options

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To test drive the 2020 Kia Rio, the 2020 Kia Forte, the 2020 Kia Optima, or any other Kia model, browse through our online inventory, continue to read our blog, and contact us to learn more here at Palmen Kia. Our staff can be reached online, by phone, or with a visit to our store. The Palmen Kia dealership is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and serves the surrounding cities of Racine, Milwaukee, Chicago, and more, with Kia sales and automotive service!

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