2017 Kia Forte vs. 2017 Kia Optima

Kia's reputation is on the rise, and it's easy to see why, with two great car options that are as fun to drive as they are stylish and affordable!

The 2017 Kia Forte is a compact car with a redesigned exterior that mirrors the 2016 Kia Optima but in a smaller package, and it averages a stellar 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway. The 2017 Kia Optima is a midsize sedan which starts out with 185 horsepower in its base trim level and works up to 245 HP in models with a turbocharged engine. The Optima is more than formidable when you need power for lane changes or smooth driving. It also can reach a maximum fuel efficiency of 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway in its LX 1.6T trim level, though its base model option gets a still-economical 25 mpg city, 36 mpg highway.

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2017 Kia Forte Vs. 2017 Kia Optima
29, 38 Base MPG (city, highway) 25, 36
29, 38 Top MPG (city, highway) 28, 37
147 to 164 Horsepower Range 185 to 245
3 Trim Options 5
15 to 17 inches Available Wheel Sizes 16 to 18 inches
96.2 Passenger Room (cubic feet) 104.8
14.9 Cargo Room in Trunk (cubic feet) 15.9
Forte5 hatchback Related Models Optima Hybrid, Optima Plug-In Hybrid

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Both the 2017 Forte and the 2017 Optima have nice features on the inside. If you prefer a larger vehicle with more speakers, then the 2017 Optima has 104.8 cubic feet for up to five passengers and an available 10-speaker audio system. If you would like a slicker handle with a lighter frame, then the 2017 Forte has a 34.8-foot curb-to-curb turning circle and weighs around 2,800 pounds.

The 2017 Optima weighs between around 3,200 to 3,500 pounds, depending on its trim level. However, you also get the peace of mind that comes with high impact-resistance with the 2017 Optima, which was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick for the seventh straight year. Both vehicles come with available UVO eServices, with access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for compatible smartphones and 8GB for music, among other perks, with two of the Forte's three trim options and three of the Optima's five trims (optional for the other two trims) coming with this as a standard feature.

We proudly carry both the Kia Forte and the Kia Optima cars at Serra Kia, 12304 30 Mile Road, Washington, MI, and we're a short drive from Detroit and Pontiac. We also serve area cities like Sarnia, Royal Oak, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, Sterling Heights, Waterford, Shelby, Port Huron, St. Clair, Macomb and Oakland! We are proud to carry Kia vehicles like the Sorento SUV and Optima sedan, among other models, in our available inventory. For more information please call us at (866) 937-1610 or come see us in person to see our inventory and test drive the model of your choice today.

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