2020 Kia Optima LX - Passion Red
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2020 Kia Forte FE Jellybean

The 2020 Kia Optima and Kia Forte are two leading Kia sedans, but what are the differences between them? Our team at Rogers and Rogers Kia in Imperial, CA, put together this comparison guide to help with your research. You'll find that the Optima and Forte each have their own unique touches. Keep reading to see which Kia speaks to you. 

Already know which Kia you'd like to take home? Check out our Forte inventory or Optima inventory to find the perfect trim for you! To schedule a test drive, give us a call at (888) 694-5045 or send us a message online.

Kia Optima vs. Forte Performance Specs

Both the 2020 Kia Optima and Kia Forte provide outstanding performance specs where a smooth ride is always standard. Take a look at the table below to learn more about the engines available on the 2020 Kia Optima and 2020 Kia Forte.

2020 Kia Optima
2.4L I4

HORSEPOWER
185 HP
TORQUE
178 lb.-ft.
TRANSMISSION
Six-speed automatic

2020 Kia Forte
2.0L I4

HORSEPOWER
147 HP
TORQUE
132 lb.-ft.
TRANSMISSION
Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) with Sportmatic®

Kia Optima vs. Forte Interior & Cargo Space

The Optima, coming in at 191 inches long, is almost a foot longer than the Forte, coming in at 182.7 inches. You'll find yourself with slightly more room to spread out in the Optima. However, that's not to say that the Forte is small - the Forte has a considerable amount of room for passengers and cargo alike. Check out the table below to see the dimensions for both Kia models.

2020 Kia Optima

  • Cargo volume: 15.9 cu.-ft.
  • Interior volume: 120.7 cu.-ft. 
  • Head room: 39.8 in.
  • Hip room: 56 in.
  • Leg room: 45.5 in.
  • Shoulder room: 58.1 in. 

2020 Kia Forte

  • Cargo volume: 15.3 cu.-ft. 
  • Interior volume: 96 cu.-ft. 
  • Head room: 38.8 in.
  • Hip room: 53 in.
  • Leg room: 42.2 in.
  • Shoulder room: 56.1 in. 
The interior of the 2020 Kia Optima

The 2020 Kia Forte and Kia Optima have many similar interior features, such as the 3.5-in. LCD meter display, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and rear camera display. In what ways do they differ? Check out the lists below to see the differences between the Kia Optima and Kia Forte interiors.

2020 Kia Optima

  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Drive mode select
  • Remote keyless entry with trunk opener
  • Eight-way driver's seat with 
  • Six-way passenger's seat
  • Siri® Eyes Free

2020 Kia Forte

  • Four-speaker audio system
  • Six-way adjustable front seats
  • Single-zone manual air conditioning
The tech features on the 2020 Kia Optima

Kia Optima vs. Forte Technology

You'll find the technology throughout the Kia Optima and Kia Forte are straightforward and easy to use. Both models feature an 8-inch touchscreen display on the dashboard - a screen big enough to see clearly without being too distracting. You'll also find that both models come standard with Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® capabilities so that you can always stay connected on the go.

The airbags on the 2020 Kia Forte

Kia Optima vs. Forte Safety Features

When it comes to safety, Kia ensures that all Kia models are equipped with all the essential safety features, such as a rear view camera, electronic stability control, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring, LATCH, and more. Both the Optima and Forte come standard with the Kia Drive Wise driver assist technology package, which includes driver attention warning, forward collision warning, forward collision avoidance assist, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. The 2020 Kia Optima offers a few more driver assist features, including:

  • Blind spot collision warning
  • Parking distance warning - reverse
  • Lane change assist
  • Rear cross traffic collision warning

Kia Optima vs. Forte Pricing & Offers

The 2020 Kia Optima starts at $23,390 MSRP, and the 2020 Kia Forte starts at $17,890 MSRP. At Rogers and Rogers Kia in Imperial, CA, we have plenty of Kia incentives for you to take advantage of, as well as our current Forte lease deal. Check out our Forte inventory or Optima inventory to find your favorite Kia. If you'd like to schedule a test drive or speak with a Rogers and Rogers Kia representative, give us a call at (888) 694-5045 or send us a message online.

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