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2019 Kia Forte LXS IVT

LXS IVT

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Price with options: $19,190

MSRP: $19,190

Base Invoice: $18,519

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City: 30 - Hwy: 40

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2019 Kia Forte Pros

The third generation Kia Forte has undergone an extensive makeover for 2019. The most noticeable of changes being its exterior dimensions. Growing two inches in length and the addition of nearly an inch of width help provide much improved cabin room for drivers and passengers alike. The Forte now bears a strong family resemblance to the newly minted Kia Stinger but is based on the existing Hyundai Elantra platform providing more rigidity and a better driving experience overall. Further proving the changes are more than skin deep A new Kia engineered chain driven CVT transmission and an Atkinson cycle ultra-fuel efficient 2.0L inline four-cylinder help push highway peak gas mileage at or above 40 mpg when configured together.

2019 Kia Forte Model Highlights

The Kia Forte is offered in four different trims, FE, LXS, S and EX. Equipped with a newly optimized 2.0L inline 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine producing 147 horsepower it's not going to win many acceleration contests, yet acceleration is still reasonably brisk with this engine. It won't leave drivers feeling unsafe when trying to merge, unlike some of the other engines on offer from competitors at this price point. A first ever KIA engineered chain driven CVT transmission nets 34 mpg in combined city and highway driving (35 mpg in FE trim) making its overall fuel efficiency amongst the best in the segment. FE trim equipped vehicles give those who prefer to row their own gears an optional 6-speed manual transmission.

The Forte FE comes with a bevy of standard features, some of which people nowadays wouldn't realistically want to live without. Standard equipment includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay via an 8-inch touch screen display with rear-view camera and steering-wheel mounted controls, 6-way adjustable front seats, a USB auxiliary input jack, dual 12v outlets, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, power windows and door locks and remote keyless entry. Outside, the Forte comes with automatic daytime running lights with projector beams, variable intermittent windshield wipers, and a whole suite of advanced safety features.

The LXS represents a moderate step up from the FE. The LXS is distinguishable from the outside by its Black Gloss Sport bumper accents with integrated front LED fog lights, rear LED combination lighting, chrome exhaust tips, premium paint options, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside, changes are negligible as the upgrades to this trim are merely skin deep.

The S offers leather wrapped around the shift knob, the steering wheel and soft-touch upper door handles, optional LED interior lighting, premium cloth seats, rear-folding armrests, additional tweeter speakers, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The top of the line EX trim is where most of Kia's advanced technology and premium features are offered. The Forte suddenly becomes a luxury car all the while maintaining a reasonable budget. The EX adds unique exterior features like chrome window molding, mirror-mounted LED turn signals with optional heating, a rear spoiler, and perimeter approach lighting. Inside UVO eServices voice Recognition and Sirius XM traffic and Radio are standard along with an extra USB port, optional Harmon Kardon 8-speaker audio system with an integrated sub-woofer, wireless phone charger, 4.2-inch LED instrument cluster, Smart Key with push-button start, and 10-way adjustable SOFINO leather seats.

Safety most definitely comes standard on all Fortes. All trims include dual-stage front, seat and curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill Start Assist Control, Traction Control, Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-Keeping Assist Line and Driver Attention Warning. Optional Features include Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning and Parking Distance Warning-Reverse.

2019 Kia Forte Model News

Starting at just over $18,500 the Kia Forte lives in the compact sedan category, in competition with fan favorites like the VW Jetta, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla among others. Despite the stiff competition Kia has built a reputation for itself by offering lots of car for the money, and while their styling and sophistication continues to make strides, Kia has not abandoned this core philosophy. The Forte is several thousand dollars cheaper than a base Golf or Focus and the Corolla is similarly priced. Even the most basic Forte has all the basic features and amenities covered, along with a few bells and whistles that might surprise at this price point.

2019 Kia Forte Value Writeup

Stinger-inspired styling; expanded outer dimensions; roomy interior; excellent fuel economy; generous standard/available active safety features

Brakes
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake Type 4-Wheel Disc
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )  
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 10.3
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)  
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 120
Engine
Displacement 2.0 L/122
Engine Order Code  
Engine Type Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 147 @ 6200
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 132 @ 4500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 40
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (N/A) 34
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Torsion Beam
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.89
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.68 - 0.39
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.82
Trans Description Cont. CVT w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again  
Trans Order Code  
Trans Type 1
Vehicle
EPA Classification Mid-Size Cars
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2762
ENTERTAINMENT
2 LCD Monitors In The Front
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control and Radio Data System
Radio: UVO Play AM/FM/MP3 Audio System -inc: 4 speakers, 8" touch-screen, rearview monitor, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, USB/Auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth wireless technology
Streaming Audio
Window Grid Antenna
EXTERIOR
Black Grille w/Chrome Surround
Black Side Windows Trim
Body-Colored Door Handles
Body-Colored Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Clearcoat Paint
Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
Light Tinted Glass
Spare Tire Mobility Kit
Tires: P205/55R16
Trunk Rear Cargo Access
Variable Intermittent Wipers
Wheels: 16" x 6.5" Machine Finish Alloy
INTERIOR
2 12V DC Power Outlets
60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
Air Filtration
Analog Display
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
Cargo Space Lights
Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Delayed Accessory Power
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
Driver Foot Rest
Driver Seat
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way manually adjustable driver and front passenger seats
Front Center Armrest
Front Cupholder
Front Map Lights
Full Carpet Floor Covering
Full Cloth Headliner
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Glove Box
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
Instrument Panel Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Piano Black Door Panel Insert, Piano Black Console Insert and Chrome/Metal-Look Interior Accents
Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Passenger Seat
Perimeter Alarm
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Power Rear Windows
Rear Cupholder
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
Trip Computer
Urethane Gear Shift Knob
Woven Cloth Seat Trim
MECHANICAL
120 Amp Alternator
14 Gal. Fuel Tank
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
4.89 Axle Ratio
60-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
Electric Power-Assist Steering
Engine: 2.0L I4 DOHC D-CVVT MPI
Front Anti-Roll Bar
Front-Wheel Drive
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Single Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Chrome Tailpipe Finisher
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
Transmission: Intelligent Variable -inc: Sportmatic and drive mode select w/visual display
SAFETY
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) Lane Keeping Assist
Low Tire Pressure Warning
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Rear Child Safety Locks
Side Impact Beams
Vehicle Stability Management ABS And Driveline Traction Control