The Kia Forte is a compact sedan that's not only stylish, but it's also loaded with features. It's both fun to drive and capable of delivering great fuel economy. To help drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland decide if it's the right car for you, Maguire Kia put together this 2020 Kia Forte review. 

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Interior Dimensions

The Kia Forte offers comfortable seating for up to five people. With 96 cubic feet of passenger space, there's plenty of room to stretch out in both rows. Up front, the driver and front passenger will enjoy 38.8 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom.

Passengers in the backseat have 37.5 inches of headroom and 35.7 inches of legroom. There's also plenty of space for three people with 55.3 inches of shoulder room. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is also available to provide room for extra cargo. With the seats upright, you'll have 15.3 cubic feet of cargo room.

The cabin offers lots of options and some great amenities. For example, woven cloth seats come standard, but sport seats with SOFINO and contrast stitching are also available. For extra comfort, you can also add heated seats and power-adjustable front seats.

Specs & Fuel Economy

While the Kia Forte offers a couple powertrains, the most efficient option is the 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. This comes with a 6-speed manual transmission, but an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) with Sportmatic® is available. With the IVT providing precise shifting, the Kia Forte can get up to an EPA-estimated 31 city/41 highway MPG.i

If you're more interested in an exciting drive, you can opt for the turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. It generates up to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. It can work with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

Safety & Driver-Assistance Features

In addition to offering a smooth, comfortable ride and great gas mileage, the Kia Forte can also help keep you and your passengers safe. It features a reinforced body structure made from advanced high-strength steel. Inside, you'll be protected by six airbags, including front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags.

There are also intelligent driver-assistance features that can help prevent accidents. From looking at what's behind your vehicle to reminding you to focus on the road, you'll have more awareness during your drive with features that include:

  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear-Camera Display

While each one of these features comes standard on every trim level, you can add even more safety technology to your sedan, such as the Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Smart Cruise Control.

Test Drive the 2020 Kia Forte

To learn more about this 2020 Kia Forte review, contact Maguire Kia and take a test drive. From its convenient cargo room and fuel economy to its safety features, it's a solid choice for drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Cortland.

i EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle's condition. These estimates reflect EPA's revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.

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