According to Motor1 car news website، some automakers are predicting the end of the traditional car and planning future lineups comprised entirely of trucks and SUVs. It’s true، people are buying fewer and fewer cars in favor of SUVs، but perhaps that’s because some automakers just stopped making good cars.
They might avoid this self-fulfilling prophecy if they do what Kia does and just make better cars، like this 2019 Kia Forte EX.
Want proof? The Forte was Kia’s best selling vehicle last year – better than the Sportage and Sorento SUVs – and it could be again in 2018.
All-new for 2019، the Forte features an exterior design inspired by the brand’s high-performance Stinger sedan، a new continuously variable transmission built in-house، and one of the most comprehensive offerings of technology and safety features you can find in any car، let alone a compact “economy” car. There’s really nothing “economy” about the new Forte – it looks، feels، and acts like a car of substantial worth.
The Forte starts at $17،690 for the base FE trim level، which is designed to achieve the highest fuel economy rating possible. That’s actually the second-lowest base price among compact cars، beaten only be the Forte’s sister sedan، the Hyundai Elantra، which starts even lower at $15،600.
Up from there are the LXS ($19،090)، S ($20،190)، and this tester’s trim level، the range-topping EX with a base price $21،990. My tester only came with a couple extras – Snow White Pearl Paint ($295) and carpeted floor mats ($125) – that kept its as-tested price in check at $23،305 including an $895 delivery charge.
When you consider most compact SUVs have a starting price over $20K، the value of sticking with a traditional car begins to make sense. For instance، if you were to shop for an SUV in the same price range as the Forte، you’d be forced to go down a size and consider a subcompact SUV