2017 Kia Forte vs 2017 Kia Optima

If you have been on the hunt for an affordable and high-quality sedan, then you have come to the right place! Here at Lehighton Kia, we offer an extensive selection of new Kia sedans that are dependable, yet easy on the billfold! When it comes to selecting a new sedan, many of our customers find themselves deciding between the 2017 Kia Forte and the 2017 Kia Optima. We love both of these models equally, but we would like to offer a comparison so that you can drive away happy. 

The main difference between the two Kia sedans is their sizing. The 2017 Kia Forte is a compact model that can accommodate up to five passengers, while the 2017 Kia Optima is a midsize model. It can also seat up to five passengers, but there is more leg, elbow, and head room, which many taller drivers or growing families will appreciate.

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2017 Kia Forte VS 2017 Kia Optima
Compact Sedan Size Classification Specifications

2.0L DOHC I-4 Atkinson Cycle 

2.0L DOHC I-4

Engine Options

2.4L DOHC I-4 

1.6L Turbo DOHC I-4 

2.0L Turbo DOHC I-4

5 Passenger Accommodations 5
14.9 cubic feet, plus folding rear seats Trunk Capacity 15.9 cubic feet, plus folding rear seats

What Kinds of Engines are Available for the 2017 Kia Forte and 2017 Kia Optima?

Engine size and power are another difference for the 2017 Kia Forte and 2017 Kia Optima, although both models provide an excellent amount of efficiency for commuting and long road trips. 

The 2017 Kia Forte is available with the following engines:   

  • 2.0L DOHC I-4 Atkinson Cycle (147 horsepower; 132 lb.-ft. torque; 29 mpg-city / 38 mpg-highway estimated fuel economy; 13.2-gallon fuel tank; 501.6-highway mile estimated driving range) 

  • 2.0L DOHC I-4 (160 to 164 horsepower; 149 to 151 lb.-ft. torque; 25 mpg-city / 33 mpg-highway estimated fuel economy; 13.2-gallon fuel tank; 435.6-highway mile estimated driving range) 

The 2017 Kia Optima can be outfitted with one of three different engines, which include: 

  • 2.4L DOHC I-4 (185 horsepower; 178 lb.-ft. torque; 25 mpg-city / 36 mpg-highway estimated fuel economy; 18.5-gallon fuel tank; 666-highway mile estimated driving range) 

  • 1.6L Turbo DOHC I-4 (178 horsepower; 195 lb.-ft. torque; 28 mpg-city / 37 mpg-highway estimated fuel economy; 18.5-gallon fuel tank; 684.5-highway mile estimated driving range) 

  • 2.0L Turbo DOHC I-4 (245 horsepower; 260 lb.-ft. torque; 22 mpg-city / 31 mpg-highway estimated fuel economy; 18.5-gallon fuel tank; 573.5-highway mile estimated driving range) 

In order to decide which of these two Kia sedans is right for you, we recommend visiting our dealership and test driving both models. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Front/side profile of 2017 Kia Forte
Front profile of 2017 Kia Optima
Rear/side profile of 2017 Kia Forte
Front/side profile of 2017 Kia Optima

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