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Kia has introduced a couple of new trims to the Forte for 2020, the GT Line and the GT are both new for this year and both have an emphasis on sporty handling and looks. The GT Line offers a sporty appearance and includes blacked out badges, while the GT brings a more powerful turbocharged engine, which can even be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission if desired.
The 2020 Kia Forte is offered in five trim levels; FE, LXS, GT Line, EX and GT. All trims but the GT are powered by a 2.0L Inline 4-cylinder engine, which creates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-feet of torque. The engine features dual continuously variable valve timing, which helps provide responsiveness over a wide range while enhancing fuel economy. The FE trim come standard with a 6-speed manual, though there is an optional intelligent variable transmission. The LXS, GT Line and EX also come standard with the IVT. The new for 2020 GT is powered by a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder making 201 horsepower, sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual though it is also available with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. The Forte's 2.0L engine paired with the IVT offers a combined fuel efficiency of 35 mpg.
The entry level Forte FE comes nicely equipped for the low starting price. Standard features include an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, 4-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, 3.5-inch LCD information display, rearview camera, dual-zone temperature control, remote keyless entry, forward collision avoidance assist, forward collision warning and Lane keep assist.
The LXS trim add 16-inch alloy wheels, black gloss sport bumper accents, chrome exhaust tips, 60/40 split folding rear seat and Drive Mode Select (DMS), which allows drivers to choose their driving style - Normal, Sport or Comfort.
Moving up to the GT Line trim, the Forte adds 17-inch alloy wheels, gloss black exterior trim accents, a rear decklid spoiler, red accents in the grille, side skirts, LED daytime running lights, LED taillights, a flat bottom steering wheel with white contrasting stitching, a blind spot warning system and lane change assist, rear cross traffic warning and heated outside mirrors with integrated LED turn signals.
The EX trim makes the Forte feel like a luxury sedan. Standard features include SOFINO leatherette heated and cooled front seats, 10-way power driver's seat, dual USB charging ports, smart key with push-button start and Smart Trunk. The Smart Trunk feature allows you to stand behind the vehicle with your key and the trunk will automatically open. Additional options include a Harman/Kardon premium audio system, navigation, power sunroof, rear spoiler, smart cruise control and wireless charging.
The GT is the sportiest Forte and is available with either a manual or a 7-speed DCT transmission, to match with the more powerful 1.6L engine. The GT also gets sport tuned suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels, a smart key, LED headlights with high beam assist, dual exhaust pipes, red contrasting stitching on the steering wheel and paddle shifters should the buyer opt for the 7-speed transmission.
The Kia Forte puts a high priority on safety and includes many passive and active safety features. Safety features include a suite of airbags, anti-lock brakes with 4-wheel disc brakes, hill start assist, brake assist system, traction control system and electronic stability control.