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2019 Kia Forte is ready for prime time

Kia's compact sedan is all new for 2019 and should give cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla a run for their money.

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The Kia Forte is all new for 2019 and is more competitive than ever.

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It's also now one of the better-looking sedans in its class.

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The Forte starts at $17,690 and totals to $23,010 as-tested, including $895 for destination.

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With every option box ticked, the Forte can surpass $26,000.

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All Fortes come with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque connected to the front wheels via a CVT or a six-speed manual transmission.

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My Forte EX tester returns an EPA-estimated 30/40 city/highway mpg. After 825 miles, I saw 35.3 mpg.

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With 15.3 cubic feet of cargo capacity, the Forte's trunk space sits near the top of the class, even beating the midsize Toyota Camry by 0.2 cubic feet.

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There's plenty of room inside the Forte for up to five occupants.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard on an 8-inch touchscreen. Compulsory driver-assistance features include collision-mitigation braking and one of the better lane-keep assist systems on the market.

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