Kia has redesigned the 2019 Forte compact sedan, and the new version promises many improvements, including a more spacious interior, better fuel economy, improved interior technology, and standard safety features.
Kia says the new car's improved fuel efficiency comes thanks to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which replaces the previous six-speed automatic that we thought worked quite nicely. The new Forte keeps its predecessor's 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, which makes the same 147 horsepower as before. But Kia estimates the CVT will help the new car manage an EPA-rated 34 mpg combined--a two-mpg improvement. The FE version gets an EPA-rated 35 mpg combined. A six-speed manual transmission is also available.