Comparison: Kia Optima vs. Kia Forte

2018 Kia Optima
2018 Kia Forte
MPG (City/Hwy/Combined) 25/36/29 29/37/32
Horsepower 185 horsepower 147 horsepower
Torque 178 lb.-ft 132 lb.-ft
Engine Type 2.4 liter, DOHC 16-valve I-4 2.0 liter, DOHC, 16-valve I-4, Atkinson Cycle
Total Interior Volume (cu. ft.) 120.7 96.2
Exterior Dimension 57.7 inches (height) X 73.2 inches (width) X 191.1 inches (length) 53.3 inches (height) X 70.1 inches (width) X 179.5 inches (length)
Vehicle Turning Circle (ft.) 35.8 34.8
Hybrid Models Available Yes No
Starting MSRP $22,500 $16,700

When comparing the Kia Optima to the Kia Forte, it really comes down to what is most important to you as a driver. Two of the most apparent differences between the two sedans are size and price. Because the Kia Optima is a midsize sedan, and the Kia Forte is a compact sedan, the Kia Optima is bigger. Although, the increase in passenger volume that comes with the Optima is really only felt in the front seats. Both sedans offer similar leg room for their rear passengers. The Kia Forte is a better option for those looking to have a smaller monthly payment as it has a lower starting MSRP.

Drivers of the Kia Optima will enjoy a larger engine with more horsepower and torque, while drivers of the Kia Forte will enjoy slightly better gas mileage. Cruising down I-75 in Findlay or Highway 23 in Fostoria will be comfortable and engaging in either Kia Sedan. Both have quiet cabins, so you can enjoy the quality audio system and other tech features that Kia models pride themselves on. Parking in a tight space may be easier in the Kia Forte as it is about 12 inches shorter than the Kia Optima, but each vehicle's unique design is sure to turn heads wherever your destination.

Whether you're commuting to work in Findlay, Fostoria, or cruising between the two on family excursions, you'll enjoy the comfortable, catchy ride of a Kia Optima or Kia Forte.