The Kia Forte is a safe, efficient, and stylish compact sedan. Which one of its trim levels has what you're looking for though?

Maguire Kia wants to help you decide. We put together this review of the 2019 Kia Forte configurations, so drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton will know what each one brings to the table. 

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Kia Forte FE

Every trim level of the 2019 Kia Forte runs on a 2.0L I-4 engine that gets up to 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. This powertrain uses its Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) to get efficient production.

The base trim is the Kia Forte FE. It pairs this engine with a 6-speed manual transmission, but an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) with Sportmatic® is also available.

The interior has comfortable woven cloth seats with 6-way adjustable seats for both the driver and front passenger.

The front of the cabin features an 8-inch touchscreen on top of your dashboard. It has standard hands-free smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth®. It can also help you check behind your car with the Rear-Camera Display.

That's just the beginning of the standard safety features. This configuration comes with the following driver assistance features:

  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist-Line
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Forward Collison-Avoidance Assist

Kia Forte LXS

The next trim level is the 2019 Kia Forte LXS. It runs on the same engine but makes the Intelligent Variable Transmission with Sportmatic® standard.

It offers a little flare on the outside with a sporty chrome exhaust tip and black gloss sport bumper accents. The inside offers more versatility with a standard 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

Kia Forte S

The 2019 Kia Forte S delivers more style and functionality. The interior now has premium Tricot cloth seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped gear shift. You can also shine some light on this stylish cabin with an available power sunroof.

The infotainment system also gets an upgrade. Your 8-inch touchscreen now comes with UVO eServices. It's completely voice activated, so you can quickly access Vehicle Diagnostics, Roadside Assistance, or SiriusXM® Radio without even taking your hands off the wheel.

This trim also gives you more visibility. It features:

  • Standard fog lights
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED Positioning Lights
  • LED Rear Combination Lamps

Kia Forte EX

The final configuration is the 2019 Kia Forte EX. It adds extra technology to the exterior with heated outside mirrors with LED turn signals, windshield wiper de-icers, a Smart Trunk™ that automatically opens when you walk up to it, and Perimeter Approach Lighting with LED lights by the door handles.

The interior now features SOFINO leatherette seats and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support. The front is ready for all seasons too with heated and ventilated front seats.

The infotainment system gets one final upgrade, adding 

  • Voice-command navigation
  • SiriusXM® Traffic
  • HD Radio™

There's also more technology that will keep you safe. A Blind Spot Collision Warning, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Collision Warning all come standard on this trim.

Test Drive the Kia Forte

To learn more about each one of the Kia Forte configurations, visit Maguire Kia and take a test drive. We're excited to help drivers in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton find and drive the compact sedan that's right for you.

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