2020 Kia Forte in Springfield MA
After a redesign for the 2019 model year, the 2020 Forte returns similar on the outside, with a truly exciting introduction: race-inspired GT variants in its lineup. With that on top of the model’s excellent fuel economy (up to 40 mpg!), lengthy manufacturer’s warranty, and great slate of standard equipment, the new Forte promises to be a top contender in the midsized sedan segment.
Trims and Standard Equipment
The ’20 Forte comes in six trim levels: FE, LXS, GT-Line, EX, GT, and GT M/T, and all trims, except for the GT and GT M/T, are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower. The FE gets a standard six-speed manual transmission with the option of including an intelligent variable automatic transmission (which is standard on the LXS, GT-Line, and EX). The GT and GT M/T both receive a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 201 hp, and although the GT is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the GT M/T gets a six-speed manual transmission, just as its name implies.
Standard features on the FE include daytime running lights, drive mode select, an overhead sunglasses holder, a rearview camera system, and remote keyless entry. Upgrading to the LXS provides a 60/40 split-folding rear seat and soft-touch upper door panels. With the GT-Line, you’ll enjoy heated outside mirrors, a sporty D-shaped leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob with white stitching, a day/night interior rearview mirror, push-button ignition, and white-stitched cloth sport seats. A sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and interior LED lighting are optional with the GT-Line Premium Package.
The EX includes a power driver’s seat with lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, and simulated leather seating. With the Special Edition Package, you can get a sunroof and LED interior lighting. The sporty GT provides the same seats from the GT-Line but with red stitching, along with some unique interior accents and an upgraded suspension. The available GT2 Package will provide a sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, LED interior lighting, and power driver’s seat. The GT M/T does away with the power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated and ventilated front seats, although it gets the sunroof and LED interior lighting as standard plus Michelin sport tires and the steering wheel/seats from the GT.
Safety & Technology
The FE and LXS are both outfitted with driver attention warning, forward collision warning with avoidance assist, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist systems. The GT-Line upgrades to include blind-spot warning, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. These also carry over to the EX, but if you want these on the GT you need to include the GT2 Package, which also adds pedestrian detection with the forward collision system, dynamic parking guidance for the rear, and smart cruise control. The GT M/T gets most of these in addition to rear parking sensors, but it lacks the cruise control and pedestrian detection systems.
Both the FE and LXS come with an 8-inch touchscreen display, a four-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands-free, and USB/auxiliary input jacks. The GT-Line is similarly equipped, although it gets an upgraded six-speaker audio system and an 8-inch touchscreen with voice recognition as well as satellite radio. A premium eight-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and wireless phone charger is optional with the GT-Line Premium Package.
The EX and GT trims receive the same equipment as the GT-Line in addition to more USB ports; the optional EX Special Edition Package will add an 8-inch touchscreen system with navigation and HD radio, the Harman Kardon audio system, and the wireless phone charger. The GT2 Package and GT M/T trim provide those features except for the navigation unit with HD radio.