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New Kia Sedan Comparison: The 2019 Kia Optima vs. the 2019 Kia Forte

New Kia Sedan Comparison: The 2019 Kia Optima vs. the 2019 Kia Forte

If you have your mind and heart set on a sporty new Kia sedan -- but you're not sure which one -- then let the team at Premier Kia of Kenner assist! Since our full-service car dealership near Metairie, LA, stocks every new Kia model, we're experts when it comes to the differences between Kia sedans like the 2019 Optima and 2019 Forte.

Whether you're shopping by price, cabin space, interior amenities or a combination of many factors, let our professional auto sales staff help you secure your ideal next car at a driver-friendly price!

Here, we'll take a look at how the 2019 Kia Optima compares to the 2019 Kia Forte on paper, as well as intangibles like driving feel.

Both the new Forte and Optima sedans are fine automobiles, so we encourage our New Orleans area car shoppers to conduct plenty of research but also visit us for an information test drive of both models.

Differences Between the Optima & Forte

As Kia's mid-size sedan, the 2019 Optima boasts substantial interior space for up to five occupants, and an impressive mix of features and value. The Forte compact car was redesigned for the 2019 model year, making it the fresher of the two models, even though Kia has continued to upgrade and enhance the Optima over the years.

Comparing the cabin volume of the mid-size Optima and all-new 2019 Forte compact sedan finds that the Optima boasts substantially more total passenger volume, but cargo capacity in the trunks are nearly identical.

The 2019 Optima is an ideal sedan for cruising and enjoying the occasional spirited drive, while the smaller 2019 Forte is more agile and responsive, and perfect for city driving and tighter parking spaces. With sharp driving dynamics, ample power and stellar city and highway MPG, both Kia sedans are sure to impress car buyers!

Another major difference between the new Optima and Forte sedans are available powertrains. The Optima boasts an array of available engines, including a 185-hp 2.4-liter inline-four, a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and a 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo. Plus, there's the available Optima Hybrid, which pairs a gasoline engine with an electric motor for increased MPG.

Compared to the varying powertrain choices in the 2019 Optima, the new Forte is all about fuel economy, so it's only offered with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, generating an ample, 147 hp.

If you need a car that won't let you down, visit our dealership near Metairie, Louisiana, and discover the benefits that come with the 2019 Kia Optima or Forte sedans.

2019 Kia Optima
2019 Kia Forte
Kia Optima EX Standard Vehicle Comparison Kia Forte EX
$26,890 Base Price MSRP* $21,990
31 Standard Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 34
18.5 Fuel Capacity (gallons) 14.0
1.6L Turbo I4 Engine 2.0L I4
195 @ 1500 Torque @ RPM 132 @ 4500
120.7 Passenger Volume (cu.ft.) 96.0
Available Features On The Optima
Optional Features
Features On The Kia Forte
  • Leatherette Instrument Panel And Door Trim
  • 18" Alloy Wheels, Dark Satin Finish
  • Rear Side-Window Sunshades
  • Chrome Exterior Accents
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Power-Folding Outside Mirrors
  • Quilted Nappa Leather Seat Trim
  • Heated Rear Outboard Seat Cushions
  • Premium Black Tricot Headliner And Pillar Trim
  • LED Headlights w/ Auto-Leveling
  • Machine Finish Alloy Wheels
  • Smart Trunk™
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Drive Mode Select
  • SOFINO Seat Trim
  • Rear Camera Display

Kia Financing Available Through Our Kenner, LA, Dealership

When it comes to value, features and a factory warranty, it's tough to top a Kia! So whether you're leaning toward the 2019 Optima mid-size sedan or 2019 Forte compact car, you'll enjoy a great vehicle at a highly affordable price.

If you'd like more details about the competitive auto loan rates we offer here, then talk to our finance department staff soon. You can also fill out our online credit application now so that you can possibly get pre-approved for a new car loan before arriving for a test drive.

If you're eager to see what the 2019 Kia Optima or new Forte have to offer new car buyers like you, then visit our dealership in Kenner, Louisiana, today.

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*Starting MSRP is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for base model trim. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.

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