2019 Kia Forte Almost Edges Mazda3 Out Of Class Lead

One doesn’t have to be a car expert to see that the all-new 2019 Kia Forte is a major departure from its predecessor.

We’re talking about design, obviously, as the new model clearly looks more attractive than its rather lackluster forerunner. Influences from the Kia Stinger sports sedan are easy to see, helping the Forte look more modern and sharper than you’d expect from a budget model.

But what is it like to drive? The folks from Edmunds had a go in the new Forte and their impressions paint a promising picture. While the compact sedan faces tough competition, it may be one of the best choices out there.

The ride quality is a bit stiff for the class, but not harsh. The upside is that the 2019 Forte handles much better than before. It may not be quite as fun to drive as the Mazda3 sedan, but it’s close and trumps most other competitors in this respect.

Also read: Kia Forte Product Manager Hints At “More Exciting” Variant

The Forte has the upper hand on the Mazda when it comes to equipment, though. That’s because the Korean model offers more features as standard than the Mazda3 — or any other competitor for that matter. The base 2019 Forte offers an 8-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, dual-zone automatic climate control, and driving assistance systems such as Forward Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist-Line, and Rear-View Monitor with Dynamic Parking Guidance.

Add to that the much-improved interior (both in terms of quality and practicality), as well as its $18,595 starting price (including destination), and it becomes clear the new Forte will give its rivals a good run for their money.

  • Christian
    • WJ Clinton

      oh cute, a rapist and his lesbian wife.

      • Christian

        not funny… And please change your profilepicture… What is somebody made fun of your daughter or dad

  • charlotteharry57

    The Forte offers a ton more features and has more useful space (interior/trunk) than the hardly-ever discounted 3. How it handles is probably the sticking point. Not sure.

  • Dude

    I love Kia, but I find it hard to believe that the Forte beats the 3 in driving dynamics.

    • danno

      Test drive it and find out, become a believer

    • Bob

      It doesn’t. It beats the old Forte and comes close to the 3 according to the article.

    • SteersUright

      No way. Mazda’s feel like BMW’s in the driving experience they offer, despite the obvious lack of power (their biggest pitfall in my opinion). Kia is improving every day, and the standard features are truly impressive. But for driving fun, Mazda handily outdoes it in my opinion.

  • Mind Synthetic

    last i heard, almost doesnt count

  • This is a complement to Mazda, relatively speaking the current 3 is old yet it’s still the benchmark in some aspects.

  • klowik

    If you buy a Mazda3 now, you’d better switch to Forte or wait for the new Mazda3,

    • paulgdeaton

      I have no idea what that comment means….

      • WJ Clinton

        It’s poorly written but what they are saying is the 2019 Mazda 3 is “all-new” with the SPCCI engine, so don’t get the 2018 Mazda 3, either get the 2019 Forte with the torsion beam rear-end or wait for the 2019 Mazda 3.

        • zeeper

          the 2019 mazda3 that also has a torsion beam rear-end…

  • izzey04

    good job…Kia

  • KidRed

    I prefer the outgoing gen exterior styling. It just had a nice sporty appearance with nice looking wheel design. This model looks like a mini Elantra and lost some of the Kia curves that Hyundai doesn’t really go for.

  • J-Triumf

    This new Forte looks worse than its predecessor, actually; it lost the smooth front profile that made the previous version look good, this new one suffers from a more bland, generic shape.

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