New for 2019:Kia

Christian Wardlaw | Apr 03, 2019

Redesigned versions of the Forte compact sedan and K900 luxury sedan debut for 2019, along with refreshed Optima, Sedona, and Sorento models. An electric version of the Niro offers an estimated 240 miles of driving range. Slow-selling Rio and Cadenza lineups are trimmed back to add value, while the Soul, Sportage, and Stinger add standard equipment for 2019.

2019 Kia Forte photo
2019 Kia Forte

Detailed changes for each 2019 Kia car and SUV model are shown below, listed in alphabetical order.


2019 Kia Cadenza

  • Standard equipment for all trims now includes power-folding side mirrors, Smart Welcome with perimeter approach lighting and puddle lights, blind-spot monitoring with lane-change alert and rear cross-traffic alert, rear park-assist sensors, and LED interior lighting
  • Technology trim loses numerous features in exchange for a lower price and adds driver-attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, and lane-keeping assist
  • Silver and brown exterior paint colors discontinued, leaving just four

2019 Kia Forte

  • Forte Sedan is completely redesigned for 2019
  • FE, LXS, S, and EX trim levels, plus a limited-production Launch Edition
  • Next-generation, 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine making 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque
  • 6-speed manual or new continuously variable transmission (CVT) that Kia calls an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
  • Kia’s IVT uses a chain-type belt, adaptive shift logic, and sound insulation to avoid common complaints from consumers about CVTs
  • Larger inside with more rear-seat room
  • 15.3 cu. ft. of trunk space
  • Structural and mechanical improvements upgrade ride, handling, and safety
  • Standard Drive Wise suite of driver-assistance and collision-avoidance systems
  • Available adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert
  • Standard 8-in. touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SMS text-messaging support
  • Available wireless device charging, 320-watt Harman Kardon premium sound system, and navigation

2019 Kia K900

  • Full-size luxury sedan is completely redesigned for 2019
  • Exterior design philosophy called “The Gravity of Prestige”
  • Interior said to be a “peaceful retreat” that is “simple, modern, and comfortable”
  • Standard Nappa premium leather in a quilted pattern, metal or open-pore wood veneers, and Maurice Lacroix analog clock
  • Standard 12.3-in. infotainment display with premium navigation, 900-watt 17-speaker Lexicon surround-sound audio system, exclusive new UVO Luxe telematics capabilities including VIP service representative access, surround-view monitoring system, and 9.7-in. head-up display
  • Standard Advanced Driver Assistance Systems suite of safety technologies, including reverse automatic braking, Safe Exit Assist, and a lane-centering system
  • Optional VIP package adds rear-seat comfort amenities
  • Twin-turbocharged, 3.3-liter V-6 engine makes 365 horsepower and 376 lb.-ft. of torque, fed to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission and torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system

2019 Kia Niro

  • Electric version of the Niro arrives for 2019, with an expected 240 miles of driving range on a single charge
  • Last year’s Graphite Edition was such a success that it gets turned into the new S Touring trim level
  • Vehicles with navigation get a next-generation version of the technology
  • Minor trim and color changes

2019 Kia Optima

  • Updated styling with new aluminum wheel choices
  • All trims gain additional standard equipment
  • LX 1.6T cancelled, and turbocharged 1.6-liter engine with 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is now standard with EX trim
  • Hybrid Premium is cancelled, leaving EX trim as the only offering
  • New infotainment systems are called UVO Play, UVO Link, and UVO Link with Navigation
  • Forward-collision warning system, automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and driver-attention monitoring are standard equipment for gas-powered Optimas
  • Plug-in Hybrid adds standard blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and reverse park-assist sensors as standard equipment
  • Pedestrian detection and lane-keeping assist are newly available for Optima gas-powered models
  • Stop-and-go capability is added to the available adaptive cruise control system
  • New interior color: Red and Black leather upholstery
  • New exterior paint color: Passion Red

2019 Kia Rio

  • EX Sedan trim is cancelled, leaving LX and S trim levels
  • LX 5-Door and EX 5-Door trims are cancelled, leaving S trim
  • S Technology package adds forward-collision warning and UVO eServices infotainment system with 7-in. touch-screen display and SiriusXM satellite radio

2019 Kia Sedona

  • Freshened minivan for 2019
  • New front and rear styling details, redesigned wheels
  • Minor interior updates to instrumentation and graphics
  • New 8-speed automatic transmission replaces previous 6-speed
  • New power-sliding door button on outside of sliding doors (EX trim and higher)
  • New rear-seat entertainment system with dual 10.1-in. display screens, smartphone-mirroring capability, internet access via smartphone, and Bluetooth headphones with improved sound quality
  • New Harman Kardon 8-speaker premium surround-sound system
  • Driver-attention monitoring system is now available
  • Adaptive cruise control gains stop-and-go capability
  • Available LED mood lighting, wireless device charging, third-row-seat USB port
  • EX Premium trim level added

2019 Kia Sorento

  • Popular midsize 3-row SUV gets a refresh
  • Updated front and rear styling, redesigned aluminum wheels
  • New steering wheel, instrumentation, and revised interior detailing
  • 3-row seating is standard on all trim levels
  • Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is dropped
  • Standard 4-cylinder engine paired with updated 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Available V-6 engine gets a new 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Smart Shift & Drive with Eco, Sport, and Smart driving modes
  • Next-generation infotainment systems with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, available wireless device charging
  • Available Harman Kardon surround-sound system with 10 speakers
  • Advanced Driver Assistance System suite of safety technologies standard on EX and higher trim, and now includes lane-keeping assist and driver-attention monitoring
  • New interior colors: Mahogany and Terracotta

2019 Kia Soul

  • Base trim for gas and electric versions includes a standard 5-in. display audio system, reversing camera, voice-recognition technology, and automatic on/off headlights
  • Inferno Red now offered on Base trim

2019 Kia Sportage

  • LX trim adds UVO eServices with a 7-in. touch screen and Android Auto, automatic climate control, automatic defogging, and air ionization
  • EX trim includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, heated and power-folding exterior mirrors with outside turn signal indicators, and piano black gloss trim
  • SX trim adds an electronic parking brake and Auto Hold functionality

2019 Kia Stinger

  • Base trim includes 18-in. machined-finish aluminum wheels, blind-spot monitoring system, and rear cross-traffic alert
  • New Sun & Sound package for base trim includes sunroof, 8-in. touch-screen infotainment system with navigation, Harman Kardon premium sound system, and LED headlights
  • Premium and GT1 trims add a full suite of Advanced Driving Assistance System technologies, ventilated front seats, and wireless device charging
  • Twin-turbocharged GT version adds a standard mechanical limited-slip differential with rear-wheel drive
  • GT2 trim adds standard heated rear seats and a surround-view monitoring system
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