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2019 Kia Forte: Stung by the Stinger

Kia's reborn compact sedan gets more tech and Stinger style.

Jon Wong
Jon Wong was a reviews editor for CNET Cars. He test drove and wrote about new cars and oversaw coverage of automotive accessories and garage gear. In his spare time, he enjoys track days, caring for his fleet of old Japanese cars and searching for the next one to add to his garage.
Jon Wong
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As some automakers turn away from sedans, Kia is sticking to them and is rolling out a new third-generation Forte for the 2019 model year. 

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To make a visual impact, the new Forte features a heavy dose of styling inspiration from the Stinger sports sedan.

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The skinny tiger nose grille and pulled back headlights are some of the Stinger touches found on the new Forte.

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A 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque powers the new Forte.

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On most Forte models, a new continuously variable transmission comes standard. 

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Only the base FE models come standard with a 6-speed manual with the continuously variable unit being optional. 

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Forte LX, S and EX models return an estimated 30 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

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With a 15.3 cubic feet trunk gives the 2019 Forte a bigger trunk than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

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All 2019 Kia Fortes will come standard with an 8-inch infotainment system boasting both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities.

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The 2019 Kia Forte hits dealers in September and will start at $18,585, including $895 destination for the FE manual. The CVT-equipped Forte begins at $19,485. 

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Click through to see more photos of the 2019 Kia Forte.

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