You Choose: Kia Optima vs. Kia Forte

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You Choose Kia Optima vs. Kia Forte | JT's Kia

Kia offers two incredibly compact and performance-oriented cars – the Kia Forte and Kia Optima. Although both cars are comfortable and do well for their price range, they do have a few key differences with regards to performance, appearance, and technology. Read on to find out more about the Kia Optima and Kia Forte.

The Kia Optima comes in four trim levels – the LX, S, EX, and SX – and offers a standard 2.4L engine that can provide 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The Optima also comes with a standard six-speed manual and automatic transmission. The Kia Forte also comes in four trim levels – FE, LSX, S, and EX. It has a 2.0L engine and can supply 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft torque. The car also features an Intelligent Variable Transmission that provides increased fuel efficiency and enhanced driving experience.

With regards to safety, both cars come with a few similar driver assistance technologies. The Kia Optima and Kia Forte share features such as the rear camera display, driver attention warning, lane assist, and forward-collision warnings. In addition to the above, the Kia Optima also features park distance warning-reverse and a rear cross-traffic collision warning.

The Kia Optima has a maximum cargo storage space of 15.9 cubic feet and an additional 39.8 inches of headroom and 45.5 inches legroom for comfortable seating. The Kia Forte has a maximum cargo storage space of 15.3 cubic feet. The model also offers 38.8 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom.

Both the Kia Optima and Kia Forte have been fitted with an 8.0-inch touchscreen display. For enhanced connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, UVO services, and Bluetooth Hands-Free connectivity have been provided. In addition, the Kia Optima is fitted with a standard six-speaker sound system, whereas the Kia Forte boasts a four-speaker sound system.

While the Kia Optima can seat more passengers, making it an ideal choice for families, the Kia Forte gives enhanced mileage for a superior driving experience. Whatever your choice may be, both the Kia Optima and the Kia Forte are excellent choices for their price range.

Source: Kia