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Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Forte

When we compare the Hyundai Elantra to the Kia Forte, the Hyundai Elantra has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency and interior volume. The Kia Forte has the advantage in the area of new vehicle base pricing The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte have the same overall quality score base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Hyundai Elantra versus the Kia Forte, the Hyundai Elantra is a better car than the Kia Forte.

Hyundai Elantra versus Kia Forte Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Hyundai Elantra ranges from $15,000 to $23,168 while a used Kia Forte from the same model year range is priced between $16,388 to $23,108. For a new model, the Hyundai Elantra's price is between $22,047 and $28,648, with the Kia Forte priced between $20,870 and $28,175.

Hyundai Elantra versus Kia Forte Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte is 7.9 out of 10. With both vehicles earning the same number they are extremely competitive in their vehicle segment. Hyundai Elantra is ranked 9 out of 12 Best Small Cars for the Money and Kia Forte is ranked 11 out of 12, with their respective reliability, retained value, and safety ratings used to break the tie, in that order. Out of 51 Best Small Cars, the Hyundai Elantra is ranked 51 and the Kia Forte is ranked 18.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the base engine of both the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte makes 147 horsepower. The Elantra is rated to deliver an average of 37 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 521 miles. The Forte is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 546 miles. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are compact cars, the Hyundai Elantra has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Kia Forte has the advantage in the areas of rear head room trunk space.

Safety Ratings Comparison

When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Kia Forte has higher safety ratings than the Hyundai Elantra, with an average rating of 4.14 out of 5 Stars compared to 4.04 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, both the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte have the same Top Safety Pick award.

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2023 Hyundai Elantra

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$22,047 - $28,648

Used Asking Price:

$15,000 - $23,168

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

41.1%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$20,870 - $28,175

Used Asking Price:

$16,388 - $23,108

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

39.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

7.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.9 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

8.1 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

9 / 12
10 / 51
11 / 51
16 / 51
31 / 51

iSeeCars Rankings

11 / 12
13 / 51
15 / 51
18 / 51
29 / 51

Summary Review

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Pros and Cons

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Not yet available

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

N Line, SE, SEL, Limited

Trim Levels

LX, LXS, GT-Line, GT

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

10 years / 100000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.04 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4.14 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

132 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.054 hp per pound

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque:

132 foot-lbs @ 4500 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.053 hp per pound

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

33 / 42 / 37

Range (city/hwy):

409 / 521 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT Automatic)

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

28 / 39 / 32

Range (city/hwy):

392 / 546 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.6 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.3 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.6 inches

Cargo Space:

14.2 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

99.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

38.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.2 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.1 inches

Rear Head Room:

37.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.7 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.3 inches

Cargo Space:

15.3 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

96.0 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2725 lbs

Width:

71.9 inches

Height:

55.7 inches

Length:

184.1 inches

Wheelbase:

107.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

2769 lbs

Width:

70.9 inches

Height:

56.5 inches

Length:

182.7 inches

Wheelbase:

106.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

5.3 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 6.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

195/65R15

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

195/65R15