Kia Optima vs Kia Forte

Kia Optima for Sale

Do you want to drive a sedan around the Jenkintown, Rydal, and Glenside areas? Then you may be drawn to models like the Kia Optima and Kia Forte. Today, the team at Sussman Kia is here to help you decide which one is going to be the best fit for your lifestyle.

Check out our Optima vs. Forte comparison below and then give us a call to see these Kia cars in-person.

Shop our New Kia cars online here!

Kia Optima vs Kia Forte: Interior Dimensions

Kia Optima Interior Since the Kia Optima is a midsize car and the Kia Forte is a compact car, you can expect a few differentiations in their cabin space. For example, the Optima gives drivers the following dimensions to work with in the front row:

  • Headroom: 39.8 inches
  • Legroom: 45.5 inches

Compare this to the front-row dimensions in the Forte:

  • Headroom: 38.8 inches
  • Legroom: 42.2 inches

Although the driver dimensions may differ between the two sedans, they actually offer comparable space for rear passengers and cargo:

  • Kia Optima trunk volume: 15.9 cubic feet
  • Kia Forte trunk volume: 15.3 cubic feet

Kia Forte InteirorThe Optima also gives rear-seat passengers 37.8 inches of headroom and 35.6 inches of legroom. The Forte offers 37.5 inches of rear headroom and 35.7 inches of rear legroom.

Additionally, both sedans have a 60/40 split-folding rear seat that allows you to extend the trunk space into the cabin as needed. Plus, available sunroofs in either Kia car will really open up the interior space by bringing in plenty of fresh air and natural sunlight.


Apply for Kia Financing online here!

Engine Specs: Optima vs Forte

2019 Optima LX Kia Forte Aurora Black
When we look at the engines of these two sedans, we find that the Kia Optima and Kia Forte offer very different powertrains that’ll appeal to different drivers based on what they’re looking for.

For example, if you want a lot of power, you might prefer the Optima. It gives you the choice among three different engines:

  • 2.4L I-4: 185 horsepower
  • 1.6L I-4: 178 horsepower
  • 2.0L turbo I-4: 245 horsepower

As you can see, the Optima offers no less than 178 horsepower and can generate up to 245 horsepower. The Forte, on the other hand, comes with a 2.0L I-4 that produces 147 horsepower. This is still impressive for a compact car, but still less power than the Optima.

The trade-off, however, is that the Kia Forte can reach an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 31 MPG city and 41 MPG highway.1 The Optima maxes out at an EPA-estimated 27 MPG city and 37 MPG highway.1

Whether you want more power or more fuel efficiency depends on your personal preference and lifestyle.

We also see variances in their transmissions. The Optima comes with either a 6-speed automatic or a 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission. The Forte comes with either a 6-speed manual or an Intelligent Variable Transmission.

Again, personal preference will determine which transmission is going to give you the kind of drive you need.

Kia Forte Comparison 2019 Kia Forte

Will You Drive the Kia Optima or Kia Forte?

If you’re still not sure whether the Kia Optima or Kia Forte is the right fit for you, contact the team at Sussman Kia. We’ll help you weigh your options, so that you can find the right sedan for your drives through Jenkintown, Rydal, and Glenside.

Contact us today!

1EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition.


Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.