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Hyundai Sonata vs. Kia Forte

When comparing the Hyundai Sonata to the Kia Forte, the Hyundai Sonata has the advantage in the areas of interior volume, overall quality score and base engine power. The Kia Forte has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Hyundai Sonata versus the Kia Forte, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Hyundai Sonata versus Kia Forte Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Hyundai Sonata ranges from $17,996 to $27,495 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 Sonata's price is between $26,407 and $36,694, with the Kia Forte priced between $20,870 and $28,175.

Hyundai Sonata versus Kia Forte Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Hyundai Sonata is 8.2 out of 10 while the Kia Forte's quality rating is 7.9 out of 10. This results in the Hyundai Sonata being ranked 6 out of 8 Best Midsize Cars for the Money and the Kia Forte being ranked 11 out of 12 Best Small Cars for the Money.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Hyundai Sonata’s base engine makes 191 horsepower, and the Kia Forte base engine makes 147 horsepower. The Sonata is rated to deliver an average of 31 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 548 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

The Hyundai Sonata, a midsize car, has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front shoulder room, front leg room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and trunk space. The Kia Forte, a compact car, has the advantage in the area of rear leg room.

Safety Ratings Comparison

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

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2023 Hyundai Sonata

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$26,407 - $36,694

Used Asking Price:

$17,996 - $27,495

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.7%

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:

8.2 / 10

Reliability:

8.1 / 10

Retained Value:

7.4 / 10

Safety:

9.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.9 / 10

Reliability:

7.6 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

8.1 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 13
6 / 8
8 / 13
8 / 13
11 / 13

iSeeCars Rankings

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

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Pros and Cons

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Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Body Styles

Sedan

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

SEL, N Line, SE, Limited, SEL Plus

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):

5 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:

191 hp @ 6100 rpm

Torque:

181 foot-lbs @ 4000 rpm

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

0.061 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:

2.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD

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

27 / 37 / 31

Range (city/hwy):

400 / 548 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:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

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:

Available

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 inches

Front Leg Room:

46.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

57.9 inches

Rear Head Room:

38.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

34.8 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.1 inches

Cargo Space:

16 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

104.4 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:

3120 lbs

Width:

73.2 inches

Height:

56.9 inches

Length:

192.9 inches

Wheelbase:

111.8 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:

16.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P205/65R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

15.0 x 6.5 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

195/65R15