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2019 Kia Optima vs. 2019 Kia Forte

Picking your next vehicle can be a tough choice, but if you’ve narrowed your choices down to two models in the same brand, then you’re a step ahead to getting into the car of your dreams. We know it can be tough to make a decision between two reliable sedans with so many remarkable performance and interior features, so LaFontaine Kia is here to help you realize whether the 2019 Optima or 2019 Forte is a better fit for you.

Forte vs. Optima: Starting Price

Starting prices is one of the first things Detroit and Taylor customers will take a look at when comparing the Forte vs. Optima. As you can see below, the Kia Forte is a much more affordable option than the Optima. However, there are plenty of added performance and interior features in the Optima that help make up for the drastic price difference.

  • Kia Forte: $17,790 MSRP
  • Kia Optima: $22,990 MSRP
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Optima vs. Forte: Performance

If you’re comparing the Optima vs. Forte in terms of performance, then it will be hard to not be impressed by the unique performance specs featured on both models. If you’re looking for a strong fuel economy, then the Forte is your best bet. But, you should check out the Optima if you want stronger horsepower and torque.

  • Kia Forte:
    • Engine: 2.0L four-cylinder engine
    • Torque: 132 lb-ft
    • Horsepower: 147 hp
    • MPG (city/hwy): 31/41
    • Transmission: 2-speed CVT w/OD and auto-manual, 6-speed manual w/OD
  • Kia Optima: 
    • Engine: 2.4L four-cylinder engine
    • Torque: 178 lb-ft
    • Horsepower: 185 hp
    • MPG (city/hwy): 24/33
    • Transmission: 6-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Forte vs. Optima: Interior Features

If you want to compare the Forte vs. Optima in terms of interior features, you’ll find that both models offer comfortable seating for five passengers along with plenty of amenities along the way. See for yourself some of the incredible features you’ll have behind the wheel of the Kia Optima and the Kia Forte:

  • Bluetooth® Wireless Technology Hands-Free Connectivity
  • Rear-Camera Display
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®
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Explore the Kia Forte or Kia Optima at LaFontaine Kia

Whether you end up behind the wheel of the Kia Forte or the Kia Optima, you can count on either model’s reliable performance and unique features in order to meet your needs. Be sure to browse our inventory of new Kia Forte and new Kia Optima models for sale, then contact us today to schedule a test drive near Southfield and Canton!

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