2019 Kia Optima vs. 2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Kia Optima

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Forte


2.4L engine


2.0L engine
178 Ib-ft


132 lb-ft
25 mpg/city* and 35 mpg/highway*

Fuel Economy

27 mpg/city* and 37 mpg/highway*
15.9 cubic feet

Cargo Space

15.3 cubic feet
39.8 inches

Front Headroom

38.8 inches
45.5 inches

Front Legroom

42.2 inches


Kia Optima Inventory Kia Forte Inventory

If you’re shopping for an affordable, stylish, and comfortable sedan for your Kansas City-area commutes, you’ll want to check out the 2019 Kia Optima and the 2019 Kia Forte. Both of these sedans deliver on standard features and specs, but there are some differences between the two you’ll want to know about. Compare the Kia Optima vs. Kia Forte to see which sedan is your favorite.

Kia Pricing and Configurations

  • 2019 Kia Optima: The Optima starts at $22,990 MSRP*. There are four trim levels available: LX, S, EX, SX. The top trim, the Optima SX, starts at $31,990 MSRP*.
  • 2019Kia Forte: The Forte has a starting price of $17,790. It’s available in four trims: FE, LSX, S, EX. The top Forte EX trim starts at $21,990 MSRP*.

Kia Interior

Both Kia sedans seat five passengers and have an 8-inch touchscreen display. The Optima comes standard with UVO services, but it’s optional on the Forte. They both also have standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth® Hands-Free Connectivity, and standard cloth upholstery.

  • 2019 Kia Optima: The Optima provides 39.8 inches of front headroom and 45.5 inches of front legroom. The max cargo capacity is 15.9 cubic feet, and this sedan has a standard six-speaker sound system.
  • 2019Kia Forte: The Forte offers 38.8 inches of front headroom and 42.2 inches of front legroom. There’s 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space, and this sedan has a four-speaker sound system.

Kia Safety

  • 2019 Kia Optima: Standard safety features include rear camera display, park distance warning-reverse, blind spot collision warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic collision and forward collision warnings, driver attention warning, and more.
  • 2019Kia Forte: Standard safety features include rear camera display, forward collision-avoidance assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist-line, driver attention warning, and more.

Kia Performance

  • 2019 Kia Optima: The Kia Optima is equipped with a standard 185-hp 2.4L engine that delivers 178 Ib-ft of torque. The Kia Optima makes an EPA-estimated 25 mpg/city* and 35 mpg/highway*.
  • 2019Kia Forte: The standard engine in the Forte is a 147-hp 2.0L that delivers 132 lb-ft of torque. It gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg/city* and 37 mpg/highway*.

2019 Optima vs. Forte: Which do You Prefer?

It’s clear that both Kia sedans offer a lot when it comes to safety, standard interior features, and fuel efficiency. If you need a larger car, go with the Kia Optima, but if you’re looking for better fuel economy, you’ll prefer the Forte. To really know for sure, browse our new Optima inventory and contact us to set up a test drive of both Kia sedans at our Lee's Summit showroom.


*Starting price is manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest model trim. See ‘Trims’ section for MSRP of model shown. MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, taxes, title, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer and may vary.

**Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

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