2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Kia Optima

Red 2019 Kia Forte and white 2019 Kia Optima side by side

When deciding which vehicles to test drive and eventually drive home with, there are plenty of factors that go into the decision. Whether it’s price, size, power, efficiency, technology, etc., a new car purchase is no easy decision. Although, a great place to start is by starting with some of the most popular vehicles in the segment you’re interested in. That’s why we wanted to help your car buying search by taking a look at some of the biggest differences between the 2019 Forte vs the 2019 Kia Optima.

Although the Forte is one of the most affordable and stylish vehicles in the Kia lineup, it’s also one of the most efficient options. A perfect way for drivers to save money on gas, the standard 2019 Kia Forte model offers a fuel economy rating of 27 city/37 highway/31 combined mpg. When upgrading the base model to an Intelligent Variable Transmission, the Forte offers an incredible fuel economy rating of 31 city/41 highway/35 combined mpg.

2019 Kia Forte


2019 Kia Optima

$17,790 Starting MSRP $22,990
31 Standard Combined MPG 27
147 Standard Horsepower 185
15.3 cu.ft Max Cargo Space 15.9 cu.ft

Technology in the 2019 Kia Optima

Along with an upgrade in performance when compared to the Forte, the Optima also impresses with all kinds of exciting and convenient technologies found in the sedan. For example, with Kia Drive Wise, the 2019 Kia Optima offers protective safety features such as Forward Collision Avoidance Assistance and the Lane Keeping Assist standard. On the entertainment side of things, the new Optima also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, which goes hand in hand with the available Harman/Kardon Premium Sound System.

If you would like to learn even more about the differences between the 2019 Kia Forte vs the 2019 Kia Optima, be sure to contact us at Citrus Kia. You can get behind the wheel of your favorite Kia model when visiting our dealership today. Interested drivers can also learn even more about the newest Kia vehicles by following our blog.