2020 Kia Forte GT-Line Vs. 2020 Kia Forte

2020 kia forte gt line and 2020 kia forte gt on split screen

The Kia Forte is a sporty and high-value entry into the field of bland and underwhelming compact cars. This focus on sport and driving dynamics is at its most prevalent for the 2020 model year which sees the Kia Forte gain two performance-ready variants – the 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line and 2020 Kia Forte GT. If you’re wondering about the difference between the two and which of the GT models is the best one for your unique preferences and driving style, we’re here to help.

Both the 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line and 2020 Kia Forte GT promise excellent aesthetics, courtesy of several performance-inspired design decisions. Both feature plenty of interior technology to make every drive something to anticipate. Where they branch off, however, is in their position in the trim-level structure. The 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line sits above the LXS, while the 2020 Kia Forte GT is the range-topper. Let’s see how they compare:

2020 Kia Forte GT-Line


2020 Kia Forte GT

2.0-liter 4-cylinder (147 horsepower) Engine (horsepower) 1.6-liter turbocharged (201 horsepower)
IVT Transmission options 7-speed DCT, 6-speed manual
17-inch alloy exclusive to GT-Line Wheels 18-inch alloy exclusive to GT
5 Color options 6
Black SOFINO and cloth with white stitching Seating Black SOFINO with red stitching
Not available High Beam Assist (HBA) Standard
$20,390 Starting MSRP $22,290

Two Stylish and Sporty Sedans Mark Kia's Upmarket Push in the Compact Segment

As you can see in the above table, both the 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line and 2020 Kia Forte GT have plenty of sporty attitude to go around and both of them promise fun behind the wheel.

For the lower-trimmed 2020 Kia Forte GT-Line, the sportiness comes in the form of an upgraded aesthetics package that sees the compact sedan enjoy trim-exclusive wheels and body-paneling as well as exterior and interior accents that are bold and brash. For the 2020 Kia Forte GT, these accents are bolstered by a 200+-horsepower engine that’s mated to either a 7-speed DCT or 6-speed manual for maximum driver engagement.

Both models include a standard 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability and both models include standard active safety features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Blind-Spot Detection and Lane Keeping Technology. Both models also feature a Smart Key System with Push-Button Start.

For those who want the added oomph of a turbocharged powertrain, the 2020 Kia Forte GT offers plenty of fun and confident passing prowess at highway speeds.

Still not sure which one is right for you? Try them both out with a test drive at Friendly Kia. For more information or to schedule a test drive, contact us today!