All-new KIA Forte scores 41 MPG in highway boosted by new ‘intelligent’ transmission

Korean automaker KIA announced that, due to an all-new available Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), its redesigned 2019 Forte sedan has improved EPA estimated miles per gallon (MPG) ratings all around.

According to the fact sheet, the FE trim equipped with the six-speed manual scored 27, 37 and 31 MPG in city, highway and combined, respectively. But when outfitted with the IVT, the ratings improve to 31/41/35 MPG city/highway/combined. The LXS, S, and EX trims are rated at 30/40/34 MPG city/highway/combined.

In comparison, the all-new 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, a direct competitor for the KIA Forte, scored 30 miles per gallon in city conditions and 40 MPG in highway, for a combined 34 MPG. Among 2019 model year competitors rated so far, only the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback with its optional CVT rates higher at 32/42/36 mpg.

The IVT features an adaptive style shift logic with a chain-type belt instead of push belt, a first in the compact class. “This results in smooth and linear acceleration, and for a more enjoyable and sporty driving experience, a step-shift-like feel mimics a conventional automatic at wide-open throttle or when more acceleration is needed,” said the company in a statement.

Horsepower and torque remain unchanged from the 2018 Forte, putting out 147 HP and 132 lb.-ft.

The all-new KIA Forte for the U.S. market is built at the company’s manufacturing plant in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon in northern Mexico.

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