2020 Kia Forte vs. 2020 Kia Optima


Kia offers two amazing choices for drivers looking for a sedan. Whether you are looking for a full sized sedan or a compact sedan, Kia has a great option for you. The Kia Forte and the Kia Optima are both solid options for drivers seeking a high quality car. Both the Optima and the Forte are great options but at times it can be hard to understand the differences between these two great vehicles. If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned Kia sedan our friendly team members here at Carolina Kia are here to help you understand what each of these vehicles has to offer. 

If you have any questions about the 2020 Kia Forte or the 2020 Kia Optima, or would like to schedule a test drive, give us a call at (866) 824-7081. Value your trade and come visit us today at Carolina Kia of 2445 North Main Street, High Point, North Carolina.  


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Here are some of the major differences between the 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Kia Optima.


2020 Kia Forte Performance Specs

The base model Forte is equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission or the available Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT) option. Controlling a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine in all base models and measured to produce 147 horsepower. The 2020 Forte introduces a new GT-line that features a 1.6 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine capping out at 201 horsepower. The GT-line has a standard 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or the available option to install a 6-speed manual gearbox instead.  

Fuel economy varies depending on the transmission and whether or not you have the GT-line. 27 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on highway with base models and manual transmission. Base models with automatic transmission can get up to 31 miles per gallon in the city and 41 miles per gallon on the highway. The GT-line achieves  25 miles per gallon in the city to 32 miles per gallon on the highway with the manual transmission. GT-line with automatic transmission gets 27 to 35 miles per gallon. 


2020 KIA Optima Performance Specs

Among all of the trims for the 2020 Optima, you have the option (depending on trim) of any of the available engines: 2.4 liter 4-cylinder engine marked at 185 horsepower (comes Standard), 1.6 liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine calling in 178 horsepower (comes with the EX trim), and 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Turbo I-4 engine hauling in 245 horsepower (comes with the SX trim). There is an automatic transmission on all engine types. 

Fuel economy varies on the type of engine. The 1.6 liter engine gets 27 miles per gallon in the city and 37 miles per gallon on the highway. The 2.4 liter engine gets 24 to 32 miles per gallon (city-highway). The 2.0 liter engine supplies you with 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 miles per gallon on the highway.  


2020 KIA Forte Safety Features 

On the 2020 Forte, KIA made sure to provide their drivers with a hefty handful of standard safety technology. Standard for the 2020 Forte there will be rearview camera, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, driver attention and drowsiness monitor, and forward collision warning. 

Optional features that are also available include: adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, reverse parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and pedestrian detection.  


2020 KIA Optima Safety Features 

The 2020 Optima comes standard with a rearview camera, forward automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, lane change assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a driver drowsiness monitor, and forward collision warning.

Available safety features for the 2020 Optima provide you with the option of adaptive headlights, automatic high-beam headlights, a 360-degree parking camera, pedestrian detection, and adaptive cruise control.

The 2020 Optima received a perfect overall safety rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2020 Optima also received outstanding ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in crash prevention and collision warning. 


If you have any further questions about the differences and similarities between the Kia Optima and the Kia Forte feel free to give us a call at (866) 824-7081 or visit our showroom at 2445 North Main Street, High Point, North Carolina to see the differences for yourself.