2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Kia Optima
2020 Kia Forte 2020 Kia Optima


2.0L I-4 2.4L I-4


147 185

  MPG (City/Highway)

27/37 * 25/35 *

2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Kia Optima

Serving Wesley Chapel, FL

Car shoppers at Fuccillo Kia of Wesley Chapel often search for a vehicle that offers the best combination of value, features, and style. While each of our customers has a unique set of needs and wants for their next car, many are torn between the Kia Forte and the Kia Optima. The 2020 Forte is a beautiful compact car that has been available to local drivers since 2010. In comparison, the 2020 Optima is a midsize car that local drivers have appreciated since 2000. Both of these vehicles carry fresh style elements as well as a thoughtful range of features across all of their trims. You will receive the full support of our sales associates at Fuccillo Kia of Wesley Chapel as you continue your vehicle comparison.


The price difference between these two models at the base trim level is approximately $6,000. If you choose the more affordable 2020 Kia Forte, your vehicle may be outfitted with two possible powertrains. Lower trims are equipped with a 2.0-liter, inline-4 which produces 147 horsepower. The top two Forte trims for 2020 are loaded with a 1.6-liter turbocharged, inline-4 engine that delivers 201 horsepower. The Kia Optima for 2020 is available with three possible powertrains across five trims. The base powertrain is a 2.4-liter, inline-4 that gives you 185 horsepower. The mid-range engine is a turbocharged 1.6-liter, inline-4 that generates 178 horsepower. The top Optima trim is loaded with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, inline-4 engine that produces 245 horsepower.


The differences between the 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Kia Optima continue under the hood. The Forte’s dimensions are smaller than the Optima’s dimensions, and its appealing design expresses its modern athleticism. The body sits low to the ground and remains level from front to rear, which illustrates its confidence on the road. The sides have a touch of muscularity throughout the contouring, and the profile rolls uninterrupted from the nose to the tail. The headlights have personality with subtle curvature as they carry back to a point. The Optima’s exterior design features extended curvature throughout the roof, smoother sides and sporty air vents in the side panels. The shape of the LED headlights adds further differentiation.


The differences in the features of the Forte and Optima vary based on the trims that are compared. Some of the equipment that you can find in both of these vehicles include smart device integration, Sofino leather material, powered front seats, a Smart Trunk, a Harman Kardon sound system, USB inputs, a push-button starter, a large display screen with touch capabilities, a rear camera featuring dynamic guidelines, a sunroof, a dual-zone temperature control system, numerous assistive safety technologies and more.

Which Kia car is a smart match for you? At Fuccillo Kia of Wesley Chapel, we are available to help you answer that question. Our sales staff members welcome you to our dealership and invite you to explore the trims for these two models in person. Stop by today during business hours to continue your car comparison.

* Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.