2014 Kia Optima & Kia Forte Vehicle Comparison – Which Sedan is for you?

It’s wise to do your research before purchasing a new car. By knowing exactly what you want, you can save time and money when you get to the dealership. If you have your mind set on a Kia, you have several fine options to select from. Two of the most popular 2014 Kia sedans are the Optima and the Forte. Compare the top features of each to help you decide which one is right for you.

2014 Kia Optima

2014 Kia Optima NJ

2014 Kia Optima

The Kia Optima comes standard with a four-cylinder 192 horsepower engine capable of achieving 23/34 city/highway mpg. The optional turbocharged engine offers 274 horsepower and 20/31 city/highway mpg. The Optima’s athletic get up and go makes it very fun to drive, and the powerful brakes give the driver full control of the vehicle.

The driver and passenger seats are well-designed for tall riders, though the sloping roof is a little too close for comfort in the back seat for tall passengers. There’s plenty of trunk space for daily hauling needs. Standard features include satellite radio, Bluetooth, cooling glove box, auxiliary input and USB port. Several available upscale amenities make the Optima feel as luxurious as a more expensive sedan, such as the heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, cooled front seats, and heated front and rear seats. Other add-ons include power-folding mirrors, panoramic sunroof, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, HD radio, proximity key, push-button start, dual-zone climate controls, electronic parking brake and back-seat vents.

2014 Kia Optima Interior NJ

2014 Kia Optima Interior

The Optima boasts exceptional safety ratings, achieving five starts in rollover, side crash and frontal crash for an overall five-star rating. Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS, brake assist, traction control, child safety locks, electronic stability control and integrated turn signal mirrors. Optional safety add-ons include a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, cross traffic alert and blind spot detection.

2014 Kia Forte

2014 Kia Forte NJ

2014 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte features a standard four-cylinder 148 horsepower engine delivering 25/36 city/highway mpg. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard, though an automatic transmission is also available. A more powerful 173 horsepower engine with 24/36 city/highway mpg is another option. Both engines have enough power for daily driving needs, though driving the Forte doesn’t feel particularly athletic.

Some interior materials are hard to the touch, but they feel sturdy, not cheap. All five of the Forte’s seats are very comfortable on long drives, and the sedan boasts one of the largest trunks in its class. Bluetooth, auxiliary input and USB ports come standard. Optional upgrades include heated front and rear seats, ventilated driver’s seat, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, HD radio and dual climate control.

2014 Kia Forte Interior NJ

2014 Kia Forte Interior

The Forte’s safety ratings are average with an overall four-star rating. Along with the standard safety features – four-wheel ABS, brake assist, traction control, child safety locks, electronic stability control and integrated turn signal mirrors – there’s also the optional backup camera to further enhance safety.

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How They Compare

The first major comparison you need to make is the price. The Kia Optima’s starting price is just under the cost for the highest trim available with the Kia Forte. With this in mind, the Optima offers far more luxury features and a more powerful engine, but the Forte still has plenty to offer. If you’re working with a tighter budget, the interior comfort, large trunk, intuitive dashboard controls and other features of the Forte are sure to please.

To experience both of these exceptional Kia sedans in person, please visit Burlington Kia and test drive them today.

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