Is the 2019 Kia Rio, Kia Forte, or Kia Optima the Better Sedan Buy?

By Product Expert | Posted in Comparison, Kia Forte, Kia Optima, Kia Rio on Friday, December 14th, 2018 at 3:12 pm
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2019 Kia Rio vs 2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Kia Optima

The standard sedans of the Kia catalog are the Kia Rio, Kia Forte, and Kia Optima. After that, we move onto the higher stylings and more expensive variants with the Kia Cadenza luxury sedan, the Kia Stinger sports sedan, and the incredibly fanciful Kia K900.

Therefore, most consumers are going to be drawn to either the 2019 Kia Rio, the 2019 Kia Forte, or the 2019 Kia Optima as their choice for a Kia sedan. The 2019 Kia Rio is a subcompact sedan, the 2019 Kia Forte is a compact sedan, and the 2019 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan. However, differences emanate far beyond size and build. Let’s take a close look and compare to find the differences. It’s the 2019 Kia Rio vs the 2019 Kia Forte vs the 2019 Kia Optima!

2019 Kia Subcompact, Compact, and Midsize Sedan Comparison

2019 Kia Rio exterior shot with blue paint color parked next to a grass field and brick wall

2019 Kia Rio

2019 Kia Forte exterior shot with red paint color parked on a stone tiled road next to stair steps

2019 Kia Forte

2019 Kia Optima exterior shot with white paint color parked on cement with a plain white wall behind it

2019 Kia Optima

Model 2019 Kia Rio 2019 Kia Forte 2019 Kia Optima
Starting MSRP $15,300 $17,690 $22,900
Baseline Engine 1.6L Inline 4 2L Inline 4 2.4L Inline 4
Horsepower 130 147 185
Torque (lb-ft) 119 132 178
Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic 6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic
Standard Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Combined Fuel Economy (mpg) 32 31 27
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.) 11.9 14 18.5
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft3) 13.7 15.3 15.9
Interior Volume (ft3) 103.6 111.3 120.7
Seating Capacity 5 5 5


2019 Kia Optima Exterior and Interior Color Options


Find More Kia Models in Daphne, AL

Whatever build suits your fancy, feel free to schedule a test drive with a 2019 Kia Sedan here at Team Gunther Kia. You can browse our online inventory of available models and trims and take your pick. If you’re in need of assistance or have further questions, please don’t be afraid to call. Additionally, you can also contact us online or in person. The Team Gunther Kia dealership is located in Daphne, Alabama within Baldwin County.

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