2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Kia Optima

Silver 2018 Kia Forte and black 2018 Kia Optima side by side

Even though Kia is known for offering a wide selection of various vehicle styles for all kinds of drivers, it is often that you see the manufacturer's sedans remain as some of their most popular options. In fact, two of the most popular sedan models from Kia include the Forte and the Optima, which both offer their own strengths. Let's take a look at some of the differences between the 2018 Kia Forte vs the 2018 Kia Optima.

One of the most affordable and fuel-efficient vehicles from Kia, the Forte has long been a fan-favorite for just that. Coming standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, the standard Forte offers a fuel economy rating of 25 city/34 highway/28 combined mpg. However, if the standard model is equipped with the available 6-speed automatic transmission, the fuel economy is improved, offering 29 city/37 highway/32 combined mpg.

2018 Kia Forte


2018 Kia Optima

$16,800 Starting MSRP $22,600
147/164 Horsepower (Standard/Max) 185/245
28 Standard MPG 29
14.9 cu.ft Max Cargo Space 15.9 cu.ft

Engine Options of the 2018 Kia Optima

While still offering a fantastic fuel economy for drivers, the 2018 Kia Optima also offers plenty of engine options for drivers looking for fantastic power. In fact, there are three different engine options available with the 2018 Optima, including the standard 2.4-liter I-4 engine, a 1.6-liter I-4 turbocharged engine, as well as a 2.0-liter I-4 turbocharged engine. These engines are able to produce 185 horsepower/178 lb-ft of torque, 178 horsepower/195 lb-ft of torque and 245 horsepower/260 lb-ft of torque respectively.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between the 2018 Kia Forte vs the 2018 Kia Optima, be sure to contact us at Mike Murphy Kia. You can also test drive your favorite Kia sedan by visiting our dealership today.