Why Are Drivers in Amherst, NY in Love with the New 2020 Kia Forte?

Not only is the latest compact car almost entirely new. It's also big on style and sportier to drive, more comfortable, better equipped, and more refined than ever, not to mention more fuel-efficient. Plus, with trim choices ranging from base FE and step-up LXS to midrange S and fully loaded EX, there'll be something for everyone. Eager to get to know the new Kia Forte for yourself? You can explore it further here at Northtown Kia in Amherst!

  Exterior Design

One glance over a new Forte sedan, and you'll be drawn in by its appealing looks. For one, it's available in aurora black, snow white pearl, or fire orange, making quite the initial statement on the road. That choice gives way to the piercing accents of optional LED daytime running and positioning lights, headlighting, and rear combination lights, and fog lighting is available. Further, optional heated mirrors strike a commanding pose thanks to the LED turn signals integrated with them select trims. Plus, a few fetching finishing touches come via available chrome molding, an optional chrome exhaust tip, and a prominent available rear trunk-lid spoiler.

Interior Design

Step into the driver's seat, and you'll find comfort standard. Seating comes available in woven cloth, premium tricot cloth, or SOFINO leatherette-trimmed options. Plus, it's available heated and ventilated up front, with power adjustment, and with a power lumbar support in select models -- the ultimate lap of luxury. Bring dual-zone auto temperature control and ambient LED lighting into the mix, and it's easy to create the ideal cabin for the ride.

 Technology Features

2020 Forte is nothing if not well-equipped. Its standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, for example, puts control of your entertainment experience front and center, even becoming a UVO eServices variant in higher trims, complete with voice recognition for ease of use. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard, too, simplifying connecting a smartphone and accessing its apps and features from the dash. Moreover, an HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio are options, delivering expanded listening choices via a four-speaker audio system that becomes an available 320-watt, eight-speaker Harman/Kardon premium setup in select trims. There's also optional voice-command navigation to help you get where you need to go and SiriusXM traffic update support for getting current driving conditions in real time, not to mention wireless charging support to keep your phone energized on the way.

Safety Features

One thing's for sure: our automaker's commitment to your security shows in the new Kia Forte. Sure, there are plenty of passive safety features to wrap you in multiple layers of protection. They range from side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, and vehicle stability management, electronic stability, and traction control systems to an advanced airbag system and a LATCH seat restraint system for children. What's more, the car's steering column can even help absorb some of a crash impact, and you can certainly count on a standard rear-camera display to ease parking. However, that dedication becomes comprehensive in a slate of some of the most advanced driver-assist options around. They include:

  • Warnings for when you drift lanes, about parking distance during reversing, for when vehicles enter your blind spot, for when a front or rear collision's imminent, and even for when you're losing driving focus
  • Assist features for changing and maintaining lanes and avoiding accidents (especially with pedestrians)
  • Smart cruise control for keeping safe distances from traffic


Above all, Forte is a confident, enjoyable ride -- one made possible by a spirited 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle I4 engine, true enough, ready to deliver 147 horsepower backed by 132 pound-feet of torque. You can also expect handling quality to range from engagingly hands on to smooth and nearly effortless thanks to the choice of either a six-speed manual or an available Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), the latter with Sportmatic® technology.

But it's great with gas, too. The EPA estimates that a new Forte can get up to 31 mpg in cities like Buffalo, 41 mpg down highways to spots like Cheektowaga, and 35 mpg combined between locales like West Seneca and Williamsville, depending on trim and transmission. Moreover, with a MacPherson strut front suspension and Normal, Sport, and Comfort drive modes available, you can tailor the car's road feel to your liking.

Test Drive a New 2020 Kia Forte Here in Amherst Today!

If you're looking to get behind the wheel for a firsthand experience, you're more than welcome here at 3900 Sheridan Drive. Just give us a call to schedule the best time for you, or stop by and visit us for a meet-and-greet. We'll be looking forward to it!