2019 Kia Optima vs. 2019 Kia Forte

If you're in the market for a new sedan, but aren't sure which model is right for you yet, Kia's stable of sedans is a great place to begin your search. The Kia sedan lineup is headlined by the bold 2019 Kia Optima and the sporty 2019 Kia Forte. To help drivers near Nixa, MO decide between these sleek and modern cars, Youngblood Kia has prepared this 2019 Optima vs. Forte guide.

The 2019 Kia Optima starts at $22,990 MSRP, while the 2019 Kia Forte starts at $17,790 MSRP. After reading about the Optima and Forte differences, feel free to continue learning about these Kia cars in our dedicated Optima hub and Forte hub. If you have any questions that aren't answered here, get in touch with a Youngblood representative at (866) 825-9532 or through our online form.


The Optima and Forte offer thrilling driving experiences, but the two sedans sport very different engine configurations. For heart-pounding performance, turn to any one of three powertrains that are available to power the 2019 Optima. Each offers a varying level of power, so use this chart to see exactly what you can expect from your favorite Optima trim.

Kia Optima Engine Option

Performance Specs

2.4L 4-cylinder

Standard on: LX, S

  • 185 HP
  • 178 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 25 city / 35 highway MPG

1.6L Turbo 4-cylinder

Standard on: EX

  • 178 HP
  • 195 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 27 city / 37 highway MPG

2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder

Standard on: SX

  • 245 HP
  • 260 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 21 city / 30 highway MPG

Alternatively, all Forte trim levels are paired with an incredibly efficient 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. You'll save time and money at the pump when you reach for the keys of the 2019 Kia Forte.

Kia Forte Engine Option

Performance Specs

2.0L 4-cylinder

Standard on all trims

  • 147 HP
  • 132 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 31 city / 41 highway MPG

2019 Kia Optima Infotainment Screen


While both the 2019 Optima and the 2019 Forte are well-connected thanks to a number of technology upgrades, there are a few key differences in the tech packages that you should be aware of before committing to one or the other. Learn more below:

2019 Kia Optima


2019 Kia Forte

  • UVO link with 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Voice-command navigation system
  • SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link®
  • HD Radio™
  • Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • 4.3-in. TFT color LCD supervision meter cluster display

Standard & Available Tech Features

  • UVO eServices with 8-in. touchscreen display
  • Voice-command navigation system
  • SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link®
  • HD Radio™
  • Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Wireless charging
  • 4.2-in. TFT color LCD supervision meter cluster display

2019 Kia Optima and 2019 Kia Forte Interior


Find your comfort zone in the cabins of these two spacious sedans. Among other things, you'll enjoy a leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auto-dimming rearview mirror inside either of these Kia vehicles. Learn about some of the Optima and Forte's most noteworthy interior appointments in the following chart:

2019 Kia Optima


2019 Kia Forte

  • Smart welcome
  • Smart Trunk™
  • Panoramic sunroof with power sunshade
  • Harman/Kardon® QuantumLogic™ premium surround sound with Clari-Fi™
  • Ambient lighting
  • Sport leather seat trim
  • Driver's seat integrated memory system
  • Heated & ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear outboard seat cushions
  • Heated steering wheel

Standard & Available Interior Features

  • Power sunroof
  • Smart Trunk™
  • Harman/Kardon® premium audio system with Clari-Fi™
  • SOFINO leatherette seat trim
  • Heated & ventilated front seats

2019 Kia Forte front collision detection


Add peace of mind to your daily drive with the help of the responsive safety features equipped with the Optima and Forte. These Kia sedans offer nearly identical safety packages, boasting some of the latest and greatest tech available. Those features include:

  • High beam assist
  • Reverse park distance warning
  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Lane change assist
  • Forward collision-avoidance assistance with pedestrian detection
  • Smart cruise control
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keeping assist-line
  • Driver attention warning

2019 Kia Optima & 2019 Kia Forte Models near Nixa, MO

No matter which sedan delivers the comfort, tech, and performance that you need most, Youngblood Kia near Nixa, MO is the place to find the best selection! Browse our Optima inventory and Forte inventory to see what is currently available. If you have additional questions or are ready to schedule a test drive, call us at (866) 825-9532 or use our online form.

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