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KIA’s power to surprise.

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Kia uses the phrase “The power to surprise”. This phrase has continued to push the Kia brand to the top over the last 8 years as it continues to evolve, improve, and add to its lineup. Saad Chehab, vice president, marketing communications, Kia Motors America said “We’ve spent the last 10-plus years quietly improving our vehicles by hiring the best designers, engineers and assembly line workers. In other words, ‘Giving It Eveything’. The all new 2020 Kia Telluride is yet another step and the largest vehicle for the brand as they take another step up the ladder. Telluride production beigns

Kia is not slowing down. The 2019 Kia lineup includes an all new design Forte, a refreshed Optima, Sorento, and Sedona.
Also the 2019 models continue to see more safety technology features as standard equipment. The Kia line has importantly impressed the auto industry and thrilled drivers. The list of wins for 2019 Kia vehicles reflects the dedication to quality vehicles that will continue to surprise shoppers.
Follow this link to see all of the news; Kia Media

Kia had eight vehicles included in the 2019 IIHS awards, making it one of the top three brands with the tougher IIHS requirements. The press article reads… “The number of awards is especially impressive in light of the new testing standards implemented by IIHS this year. ” Kia IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus models include:
2019 Forte
2019 Niro and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)
2019 Optima
2019 Sorento
2019 Rio sedan
2019 Rio 5-door
2019 Soul
2019 Cadenza
Read about the new IIHS standards…

Once again, Kia Motors is the highest ranked mass market brand in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study for 2019 marking the fourth consecutive year!
J.D. Powers IQS Award

The Rio and Soul have been named 2019 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy Award Winners.
Consumer Guide Best Buy Award
For an award winning experience we invite you to visit Mark Martin Kia.

The 2019 Kia Forte 4-Door Sedan Has Arrived

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

The new 2019 Kia Forte 4-door sedan has now been officially unveiled, giving us the perfect opportunity to dig a little deeper on what it delivers.The new design is certainly more mature, and it now comes equipped with the highly efficient 2.0-liter engine mated to an i-CVT transmission.  The new Forte was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and it looks set to offer stiff competition to the likes of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and VW Jetta.

Exterior design of 2019 Kia Forte

The first thing that jumps out on any vehicle is the exterior, and the new design of the Forte looks to be Euro-inspired, with a sporty look that borrows elements from the great looking Kia Stinger sports sedan. The hood is now longer, courtesy of the windshield being moved back a full 5 inches.   The roofline is also longer, which helps with the sporty styling.  You can definitely see the influence of the Stinger in the headlight design and the sculpting of the hood. The now familiar Kia tiger nose grille is still there, but it is a more refined version that looks great.  The new Forte comes with a high beltline that makes the roof seem somehow lower. An impressive side character line runs from the headlights to the LED lights in back, as well as across the lid of the trunk.  The vehicle appears wider in back, and that carries forward to the front, where deep vents add real width.


A clean, horizontal design style has been employed for the interior of the Forte, with elements of the Stinger once again carried over.  The design is particularly smart, as it makes the cabin feel really spacious, which is very nice when combined with the use of soft touch materials throughout.  The new vehicle is longer, which means additional legroom. Taller riders will love the extra ½ inch of headroom space, as well as the extra 0.7 inches of width.   Cargo space is excellent, with the trunk expanding from 14.9 cubic feet to 15.1 in the new model.

Engine specs & transmission

The base engine on the 2019 Forte 4-door sedan is a 2.0-liter Nu 4-cylinder that uses Atkinson Cycle technology and a cooled EGR system, both of which are usually found in hybrid cars. Both systems are designed to improve fuel efficiency.  You will have the choice of pairing the engine with either a 6-speed manual transmission or the new i-CVT.  Both the engine and the transmission were designed and built in house, and are part of the Kia Smart Stream powertrains that the automaker will be introducing in future models.  The power and torque numbers on the new Kia Forte sedan are expected to be the same as the outgoing model, which means 147-horsepower and 132-lb.-ft. of torque.  Kia were all about improving efficiency in this model, though, and they have done that with this powertrain.   The all-new 2019 Forte will deliver a combined 35 MPG, which is 3 MPG better than before. The official numbers will be released by Kia when the new model arrives in showrooms later this year.

On-sale date

We are not yet totally sure when that release date will be, but out best guess would see the new 2019 Kia Forte hit the US market sometime this spring or summer. As soon as we hear the official release date, we will pass on the info. (Pics: KMA, freep