Kia’s Performance Lineup Proves Everybody Gets to Enjoy the Thrill of Speed

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Forte, Kia Stinger on Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 5:56 pm
artsy picture of kia forte gt and kia stinger parked on city street

2020 Kia Forte GT and 2019 Kia Stinger GT Comparison

If you’ve been watching the compact and midsize sedan/hatchback market recently, you may have noticed that cars everywhere are getting kind of sporty. We have a few theories as to why this is, but perhaps the most compelling is the switch drivers have undergone to crossovers as their preferred vehicle type.

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The sportier design of sedans, coupes and hatchbacks helps to differentiate the models from their former identity, which was simply being the go-to option for transportation. Now, they need to offer something different, so they’ve chosen to take on a design language that speaks to the segment’s natural handling prowess and aerodynamics.

For Kia, however, this performance focus goes much deeper than just surface level. With nearly every model on Kia’s lineup offering an upgraded, performance-driven powertrain option, two models especially stand out as emblematic of the brand’s commitment to performance.

They are the 2019 Kia Stinger GT and 2020 Kia Forte GT.

Two Stunning Sports Sedans

If you’re wondering how the Stinger and the mini-Stinger compare, we’re here to help. Here’s how the two models break down:

Model 2020 Kia Forte GT 2019 Kia Stinger GT
Engine (horsepower) 1.6-liter turbo (201 horsepower) 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 (365 horsepower)
Weight-to-power ratio 13.74 lbs./horsepower 10.49 lbs./horsepower
Transmission 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT 8-speed automatic
Drive layout FWD RWD or AWD
Rear suspension Semi-independent multi-link Independent multi-link
Body style Three-box sedan Liftback sedan
Steering wheel Leather/metal-look Leather/metal-look
Legroom (front/rear) 42.2 inches/35.7 inches 42.6 inches/36.4 inches
Cargo space 15.3 cubic feet (trunk) 40.9 cubic feet (hatch)
Heated seats Available Standard
Wheels 18-inch alloy 19-inch alloy
Infotainment unit 8-inch with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto 7-inch with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto
Kia Drive Wise active safety Standard Standard
MSRP starts at $22,890 $39,300

Kia Forte and Kia Stinger Offer High-Value GT Luxury and Power

As the above chart illustrates, both the 2020 Kia Forte GT and 2020 Kia Stinger GT models have plenty to offer in the way of power and driving enjoyment. For the 2020 Kia Forte GT, it’s a powerful upgrade from the award-winning compact sedan that gives you 200+ horsepower, an upgraded suspension system and transmission options that make them the perfect companion for acceleration.

For the 2019 Kia Stinger GT, however, it’s a brilliant attempt to show that the luxury classes don’t own the concepts of comfort, automotive thrill or segment-defining design.

exterior of 2020 kia forte gt

2020 Kia Forte GT

interior of 2020 kia forte gt

2020 Kia Forte GT

2019 stinger gt rear

2019 Kia Stinger GT

interior of 2020 Kia Stinger GT

2019 Kia Stinger GT

While the gap in price is likely enough to indicate which model you’ll find more appropriate for your wants, needs and budget, both models offer enough fun to make them stand-out options in their respective compact car and luxury sports sedan classes.

If you’re still not sure, be sure to contact us today and we can show them off in person with a test drive.

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