J.D. Power Names 2019 Kia Forte Most Popular Compact Car

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J.D. Power has released its Class of 2019: Most Popular Cars and the 2019 Kia Forte has made the cut as the most popular compact car.
2019 Kia Forte: Sophisticated Yet Sporty Design
While the third-generation Forte retains its sporty and youthful image, it has graduated to a more sophisticated appearance thanks to a number of sleek and dynamic styling cues inspired by the Stinger fastback sport sedan. Lauded in the auto industry for its excellence in design, the Stinger is a product fueled by Kia’s bold and adventurous spirit, and Peter Schreyer’s global team of designers translated elements of the Stinger’s design language onto the compact to give it a commanding road presence. Enthusiasts know that the right proportions are key, and like the Stinger, Forte’s long hood and short deck lend it an overall fastback-like shape. The cowl point was moved back five inches, creating a more athletic stance that makes the Forte appear well-planted to the ground.
Creases in the hood contribute to the Forte’s muscular appearance while the combination of a newly designed signature tiger nose grille and aggressive black lower valance enhances its individual character. Standard projection or available full LEDs can be had on the Stinger-inspired headlamps, while separate turn signal indicators are mounted near newly designed air curtains that help improve aerodynamic performance. Around back, the rear bumper gets the same treatment with separate reverse and turn signal indicators located beneath available LED taillights. Similar to the Sportage compact crossover, a sleek horizontal trim piece connects the taillights.
Strong Foundation
The all-new 2019 Forte strengthens its bones with additional hot-stamped components and 54 percent Advanced High-Strength Steel. The all-new Forte offers standard projection or available full LED headlights.
Because body stiffness plays a major role in NVH performance, engineers worked to increase rigidity for a quieter cabin and better handling tuned to match the Forte’s sporty and dynamic exterior appearance, resulting in a 16 percent stiffer body in white. New subframe designs help to improve lateral responsiveness, while steering feel is upgraded compared to its predecessor’s thanks to enhancements within the Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) system that reduce artificial steering feel and friction. Reworked suspension geometry provides a quick and nimble behind-the-wheel feel and evolutionary improvements were made to throttle and brake feel performance, yielding a smoother initial response at tip-in.
Brimming with Technology
Staying connected with advanced technology and infotainment features allows the driver to dedicate their attention to the road ahead. In that regard, the Forte comes standard with an 8-inch color touchscreen with support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that’s integrated neatly on the dash and within the driver’s line of sight. With select smartphone devices, the system also has the capability to read SMS texts aloud through Bluetooth. Eliminating the need for a charging cord is an available wireless charging tray perched up on the center stack for compatible smartphones.
Another welcome and surprising feature in this segment is an available 320-watt premium sound system developed with Harman/Kardon that pumps out music through an eight speaker sound system with Clari-FiTM, a patented music restoration technology that rebuilds audio signals that are lost during digital compression.
A number of Kia’s Drive Wise technology features are now standard on all Forte trims, positioning it as an even more value-laden option for shoppers looking for some of the latest convenience technologies. In addition to Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)  and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), the all-new Forte comes equipped with Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW). More Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are available including Smart Cruise Control (SCC) and Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW). Smart Cruise Control is designed to maintain a pre-set distance between the Forte and the vehicle detected in front and can slow the vehicle slows with traffic in certain circumstances, while Blind Spot Collision Warning, which includes Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), scans the area behind the vehicle when backing from a parking space and can alert the driver with an audible warning if it detects cross traffic.

The J.D. Power & Associates 2019 APEAL Study measures a vehicle's overall appeal using feedback from owners on their emotional attachment and excitement across 77 attributes, ranging from comfort and feeling of luxury to the sensation of power. Visit jdpower.com to see the full report.

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