2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Kia Forte – Burlington NC

2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Kia Forte – Burlington NC

2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Kia Forte - Burlington NC
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Vehicle Overview

The Forte has been a strong performer for Kia. As a compact sedan, it hits all the marks for people looking for practical vehicles that can meet their needs. The 2019 model is a third-generation version, and it’s undergone some changes that make it even more of an appealing choice. Here at Burlington KIA, serving Burlington, Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, we have many Fortes on our lot. Visiting us can give you the chance to size up the 2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Kia Forte and see the different trims that we offer.

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Exterior – 2019 Kia Forte

The wheelbase on the 2019 Kia Forte is the same as on the 2018 version. What has changed is its chassis. The new unibody chassis is now much stronger after more high-strength steel and other adhesives have been included in it. The 2019 model measures 3.2 inches longer and about an inch wider than the previous version. Combining those new dimensions with a slight increase in height results in a little more space for everyone, especially any adults who have found themselves in the back seat. In terms of appearances, the Forte has changed its look to be a bit sportier and more refined. Little details, like a creased hood, separated grille and headlights, and a roofline with a fastback style, work together to make a big difference.

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Interior – Kia Forte in Burlington NC

As previously mentioned, the interior of the 2019 Kia Forte is quite roomy. Up front, the driver and passenger can control their own power-adjustable power seats, and everyone can get comfortable thanks to a dual-zone climate control that comes standard on all trims. The Forte now comes with an 8″ touch screen right in the middle of the dash rather than the 7″ display that was found on the 2018 model. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all the trims of the 2019 models; these interfaces are only an available option on the 2018 base model but standard on the S and EX trims. The UVO infotainment system for both model years only comes on the S trims and above. The system’s capabilities increase as you go up in trim, culminating with the option to include UVO eServices, voice-command navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, and HD radio. Also available on the 2019 Kia is a deluxe, eight-speaker, 320-watt, Harman Kardon stereo system.

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Mechanical – Kia Forte specs in Burlington

Both model years run on a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that comes with dual continuously variable valve timing and a multi-point fuel injection system. These engines can achieve 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. While those numbers have stayed the same from year to year, there are a few differences in the related components that have made the 2019 Forte more efficient than the previous ones. Six-speed manual is standard on the FE model, and the LXS, S, and EX models come with Intelligent Variable Transmission with Sportmatic. With the six-speed manual, you can get an estimated mpg of 27/37, and with the Intelligent Variable Transmission, your estimated mpg increases to 31/41. On the 2018 Forte LX, the six-speed manual comes standard, and an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission with Sportmatic is available. The former system gets an estimated mpg of 25/34, and the latter can achieve an mpg of 29/37. The 2018 Kia Forte S and EX come standard with the automatic transmission. While driving, you can select from three different modes – Normal, Smart, and Sport – depending on the conditions and your preferences. If you want the best of both worlds, the Smart drive mode switches between Normal and Sport as it reacts to the road.

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Safety – 2019 Kia Forte dealer

Like many other 2019 vehicles, the Kia Forte incorporates numerous high-tech features intended to keep people safe. In comparing the 2019 Kia Forte vs 2018 Kia Forte, there is a significant change in the amount of driver-assistive technologies offered. The 2018 Kia Forte, for instance, has a full array of airbags, a complete set of anti-lock brakes, and some advanced features like electronic stability control, traction control system, and electronic brake-force distribution. The rear-camera display is an available option on the LX and standard on other models. For 2019, the Forte comes with much more. The rear-camera display is standard on even the most basic trim, as are forward collision avoidance and warning, lane-keep assist and lane-departure warning, and driver attention warning. Smart cruise control, blind-spot collision warning, and rear cross-traffic collision warning are other systems that you can choose to put in place. All of these components help vault the Forte into the same category as many other high-end sedans that come with a suite of safety features.

To get a better sense of how the 2019 Kia Forte compares to the 2018 model, it’s a good idea to see them in person. The team at Burlington KIA, serving Burlington, Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, is here to answer any questions you might have. Come by anytime to learn more about the vehicles you’re interested in, hear about any current specials, and take a Forte out for a test drive.

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