Kia Forte Trim Levels

The next generation of the Kia Forte is here. Completely redesigned for this model year, the 2019 Kia Forte is a compact car that's big on personality. Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton drivers can see it here at Maguire Kia and schedule a test drive with our sales team to experience it.

With abundant cargo space, a peppy engine, and plenty of space for driver and passengers, the Forte is truly a driver-friendly car, available in a few different trims. We'll explore these trims and what you'll find in each below.

Kia Forte FE & LX

The latest edition of the Forte comes in four different trims, but since the FE and LX trims are somewhat similar, we'll review both here. Every Forte comes with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine, which produces 147 horsepower. The base model, the FE, comes with a manual 6-speed transmission, while the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) comes standard on the LX trim.

Design-wise, another difference between the FE and LX comes via the wheels. The FE comes with 15-inch tires with steel wheels, while the LX trim features 16-inch tires with alloy wheels.

Inside the Forte, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ boost each ride. Link up a compatible smartphone to the standard 8-inch touchscreen, and you'll have access to various phone features. Read text messages, choose your destination on your favorite navigation app, or select a new song from your saved playlist.

Standard driver-assistance features include:

  • Forward Collision Warning System (FCWS)
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
  • Driver Attention Warning

These features are always working together to provide the safest drive possible for you and your passengers.

Kia Forte S

The S trim brings more sportiness and technology to the table, both inside and out. We'll start with the exterior, which gets an upgrade in the form of LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. These lights help you see and be seen on the roads, and with the front fog lights, it's easier to see when visibility decreases.

Inside the vehicle, the UVO eServices system can track your parking location, driving habits, and maintenance requirements. The leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob not only look great, but feel great too, providing better grip.

Kia Forte EX

The top-level Forte trim includes available Premium Navigation with voice recognition technology, along with a more powerful sound system, thanks to the Harman Kardon® 320-watt set-up with eight speakers. Want to say goodbye to all of those wires? Optional wireless charging lets you charge your smartphone without any cords or attachments.

The cabin also receives an upgrade, thanks to the leatherette upholstery, with dual-zone automatic temperature control with rear vents, keeping up to five people comfortable at one time. If you're carrying cargo along for the ride and need extra storage space, just flip down the 60/40 split-folding rear seats and you'll have it.

Up front, the 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat can be set to your liking, as can the heat setting for the seat. The front passenger will have a heated seat, too.

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We hope you've used this information to narrow down which Kia Forte you may be most interested in. Contact Maguire Kia today to see our full 2019 Kia Forte inventory. This car can set the pace in Ithaca, Corning, and Binghamton, and you can get behind the wheel with a test drive today.

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