Which is more efficient - the Kia Forte or Kia Optima?

If you've been watching our blog over the past few months, then you know we've been talking a lot about how Kia sedans like the new Kia Forte and Kia Optima stack up against each other. Now, we've already mentioned that when it comes to size and interior space, the Kia Optima has a bit more room overall, but the Kia Forte is closely comparable, but what about efficiency? Kia sedans have always been known for their competitive fuel economy, so if you're looking for a ride that can help you save at the gas pump, we're more than happy to show you how the new Kia Forte and Kia Optima can help you do so.

Now, as we mentioned in our previous post, the new Kia Optima is the larger of these two sedans, and as a result, it's decidedly heavier too. So, while many drivers opt for the new Kia Optima because it offers extra room over most compact cars, that can come at a cost to fuel economy. Fortunately, the new Kia Optima EX is still among the most efficient midsize sedans on the market, boasting an EPA-estimated fuel economy of up to 27 mpg city / 37 mpg highway.

Of course, given that the new Kia Forte is smaller overall, it has a significant advantage when over the Kia Optima when it comes to fuel economy. At its entry level Kia Forte FE trim, which comes equipped with a six-speed manual transmission, the Kia Forte FE matches the Kia Optima on fuel usage, achieving up to an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city / 37 mpg highway. However, when you opt for its most efficient trim, the Kia Forte EX with its Intelligent Variable Transmission, you can see fuel economy returns of up to an EPA-estimated 31 mpg city / 41 mpg highway.

But there's plenty more in the way of distinctions and differences to be explored between the new Kia Forte and Kia Optima than just fuel economy alone. So, if you'd like to learn more about both these new Kia sedans, we'd encourage you to come down to Rick Case Kia to take a test drive today.

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