Coming soon: the all-new 2019 Kia Forte | Steve Landers Auto Group

Smaller in size but big on comfort, technology and cutting edge styling, the all-new 2019 Kia Forte sets itself apart from the crowded compact car field with a muscular redesign and a host of new interior, exterior, safety and powertrain features, all while keeping things economical enough that you might come away saying “Civic who?”  Unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the third-gen Forte -- the first complete redesign of the model since 2012 -- won’t be available for purchase by the public until this fall, but we’ve got all the details to get you itching to drive one of these zippy little numbers as soon as they come off the trailer.


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A brawnier exterior

Proving that an economical, compact sedan doesn’t have to be boring, the 2019 Kia Forte cribs heavily from the design of the sporty Kia Stinger fastback sedan, dumping the stubby, droop-nose styling associated with many compacts in favor of the classic look of a long hood and an abbreviated trunk lid. It looks like nothing else in the price range; more petite European sport sedan than drab econobox. The windshield base has been moved rearward a full five inches over the second-gen Forte, while the overall wheelbase has been extended 3.2 inches. That slight bump in length, paired with clever, space-saving interior design, allows for the Forte’s more aggressive exterior while actually increasing overall legroom, headroom and trunk space.  The result is a styling leap that moves the Forte beyond its utilitarian roots, with angular hood creases bleeding into Kia’s signature “tiger nose” grille and black lower valance up front, and sleek, horizontal trim accenting the optional LED taillights out back.


A more comfortable, more connected interior



The all-new Forte is just as innovative on the inside as it is on the outside, with a dash layout that creates a sense of uncluttered openness. An 8-inch color touchscreen compatible with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® is standard across all three trim models, and for drivers going places that hopefully don’t include a texting-while-driving related trip to the ER, the system has the ability to read text messages aloud through Bluetooth. Meanwhile, an available wireless device-charging tray in the center console will keep cord untangling to a minimum. If you’d rather turn off the phone and enjoy some music, a premium 320-watt sound system developed with high-end audio company Harman Kardon is available. Stronger seat frames over the previous model are covered in denser foam, to help fend off the dreaded numbrump on long drives.

Loaded with hi-tech safety

Building on Kia’s growing reputation as a company using cutting-edge tech to keep drivers safe, a full suite of safety options is available in the new Forte, including an automatic Blind Spot Collision Warning for those tricky freeway lane-changes, Lane Keeping Assist to help you stick to the straight and narrow, their Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist emergency braking system that applies the brakes if the car senses an obstacle in the roadway, and their Smart Cruise Control system that automatically maintains a pre-programmed distance between nose of the new Forte and the vehicle immediately in front, slowing with traffic as necessary. Clearly looking to repeat the 2018 Forte’s Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Plus rating, the new 2019 Forte features hot stamped body panels made of 54 percent high strength steel, resulting in a body that’s 16 percent stiffer than previous models.   


More efficient, more nimble, more fun

Underneath, an all new subframe design and revamped suspension geometry lend to zippier handling, while improvements in throttle and brake response help bring the go and whoa, with a shorter stopping distance than previous model. Under the longer hood is the latest incarnation of Kia’s groundbreaking 2.0 liter Nu inline four cylinder, which uses Atkinson Cycle technology, usually only found on hybrids, to up fuel efficiency to 35 MPG while maintaining the estimated 147 horsepower of the 2018 model. Options for putting that horsepower to the ground include a standard six-speed manual transmission for those who don’t mind a third pedal, or Kia’s all-new Intelligent Variable Transmission, a technological marvel that operates without internal gears and delivers power in one continuous wave without the “jerks” between shifts. The Kia IVT is too complicated to explain here, but look it up. The future is now.

Speaking of the future, if you want to be the first kid on your block to put the all-new 2019 Kia Forte in your driveway, Steve Landers Auto Group can help. They’ll have the new Forte on their lots and ready for sale as soon as it’s released. Stay tuned for more.


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