Kia is pushing hard with the Forte, which is 2019 saw a complete redesign and this year gets additional GT race-inspired additions to the lineup.

The new GT trim levels and GT Line trim levels were first introduced at the Las Vegas SEMA show in October 2018 and the 2019 Chicago Auto Show respectively, and we’ve been gaining more information about the new 2020 Kia Forte as the year has progressed.

Reviewers praised the 2019 Kia Forte’s excellent value for money, fantastic fuel economy, long warranty, user-friendly tech features, and new style influenced by the Stinger. Edmunds called it the ‘new king of compact sedans’. This redesign carried on in the 2020 Kia Forte model, and we see new additions in the form of the GT Line and GT trim levels.

The New GT Line and GT

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The GT Line model has several visual upgrades and enhancements but it doesn’t change the underlying drivetrain and performance of the vehicle in any meaningful way. The GT though gets an upgraded suspension system and a more powerful engine as well as additional features over the GT line, making it the choice for those who want a real performance compact sedan. It’s going to offer all the performance you want without the high price of a performance sports car.

Both the GT and GT Line have a replacement black grille with red accents as well as daytime LED running lights and a gloss black theme throughout the exterior. It’s a more aggressive look that belies the sporty upgrades.

The GT Line gets 17-inch alloy wheels with a sporty graphite finish, while the GT bumps this to 18-inch wheels with a cool two-tone finish. The GT also has a sport-tuned exhaust and LED headlights.

The two new trim levels take the complete lineup to five — the FE, LXS, EX, GT Line, and GT. Besides the GT Line and the GT, the lineup, prices, and equipment lists of the Kia Forte remain the same in 2020.

Powertrain Options

The GT Line, like the rest of the lineup, gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of 147 horsepower. It’s paired with an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), Kia’s improved CVT. You have the choice of the standard six-speed manual gearbox or an upgrade to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

New for 2019 is the Forte GT’s turbocharged powertrain option. It’s a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that’s capable of 210 horsepower and 195 pounds per foot of torque. The GT also has a fully-independent front and rear suspension system, bigger sway bars, and better disc brakes to handle the increased power.

Michelin Pilot Sport summer tires are available to complement the sports handling upgrades. Overall, the Forte GT is more stable, has better steering, hugs the ground more, and handles corners better than the standard Forte.

Fuel Economy

The two-liter engine will get you 27 miles to the gallon in the city and on the highway when paired with the standard manual transmission. Equip the IVT and the Kia Forte becomes even more efficient, getting 31 miles to the gallon in the city and 41 miles to the gallon on the highway.

The new 1.6-liter turbo engine gets 25 miles to the gallon in the city and 32 miles to the gallon on the highway with the manual transmission. Again, equipping the automatic transmission results in a boost in mileage figures. Even with the sporty engine of the GT, you’ll see 27 miles to the gallon in the city and 35 miles to the gallon on the highway with the automatic transmission equipped.

GT1 and GT2 Optional Packages

Apart from all the other 2020 Kia Forte features on offer, the GT also gets two optional packages — the GT1 and the GT2. Both the GT1 and GT2 add a power sunroof, 4.2-inch center LCD screen, eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and wireless smartphone charging. There are also overhead LED lights.

Equip the GT2 on your Forte GT, and you’ll be sitting in a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The seats will be SOFINO synthetic leather, heated, and ventilated.

Inside, the new GT and GT Line trims have a flat-bottom steering wheel and alloy sports pedals. The seats have matching contrast stitching to the steering wheel and the front seats are both sports seats that hug the driver and passenger better around those corners. The GT and GT Line both retain the eight-inch touchscreen found in the rest of the lineup and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are supported.

Safety Features

The 2019 Kia Forte is a very safe car to be in, and the 2020 model will include all of the DRIVEWiSE advanced driver assistance aids from the 2019 model while adding some new upgrades of its own. Automatic forward emergency braking, forward collision warning, lake keep assist, and a driver attention warning system are standard on all models. Choose the GT1 package (and therefore the Forte GT) and you’ll also get blind-spot monitoring, lane change assistance, and a rear cross-traffic alert. Choose the GT2 package on the 2020 Forte GT in Kansas City and you’ll also get an adaptive cruise control system.

2020 Kia Forte Pricing

The 2020 Kia Forte price was announced in August 2019, and it is highly competitive. Regardless of the transmission you choose, the Kia Forte GT is cheaper than comparable Hyundai sports models. The 2020 Kia Forte models are also significantly cheaper than the Volkswagen GTI and the Mazda3 despite offering comparable performance and features.

Choosing the GT Line makes for a significant saving over the GT if you only want the new look as opposed to the performance enhancements of the GT. The Forte GT looks set to compete with the more performance-oriented sedans in the sector like the Civic Si.

The 2020 Kia Forte will be for sale at Olathe Kia, which serves the communities of Kansas City, Lee’s Summit, Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Lawrence, and surrounding areas.


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