When we compare the Kia Forte GT-Line's and the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL's specifications and ratings, the Kia Forte GT-Line has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and resale value. The Hyundai ELANTRA SEL has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency, reliability, interior volume and overall quality score. The Kia Forte GT-Line and Hyundai ELANTRA SEL have the same base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Kia Forte GT-Line's and the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL's specifications and ratings, the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL is a better car than the Kia Forte GT-Line.
Kia Forte GT-Line vs. Hyundai ELANTRA SEL Pricing
A used 2023 Kia Forte GT-Line ranges from $22,667 to $28,498 while a used 2023 Hyundai ELANTRA SEL is priced between $21,963 to $26,997. For a new model, the Kia Forte GT-Line's price is between $22,939 and $27,906, with the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL priced between $23,077 and $26,100.
Kia Forte GT-Line vs. Hyundai ELANTRA SEL Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Kia Forte GT-Line loses 39.8 percent of its value and the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL loses 41.1 percent of its value. This means the Kia Forte GT-Line retains 1.3 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL.
Kia Forte GT-Line vs. Hyundai ELANTRA SEL Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Kia Forte is 7.9 out of 10 while the Hyundai ELANTRA's quality rating is 8.1 out of 10. This results in the Kia Forte being ranked 14 out of 26 Best Compact Cars and the Hyundai ELANTRA being ranked 12 out of 26. Out of 43 Best Small Cars, the Kia Forte is ranked 20 and the Hyundai ELANTRA is ranked 17.
Kia Forte GT-Line vs. Hyundai ELANTRA SEL Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Kia Forte is 7.6 out of 10. For the Hyundai ELANTRA the reliability rating is 7.8 out of 10. This gives the Hyundai ELANTRA a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Kia Forte.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the base engine of both the Kia Forte GT-Line and the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL makes 147 horsepower. The GT-Line is rated to deliver an average of 32 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 546 miles. The SEL is rated to deliver an average of 34 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 496 miles.This gives the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL the advantage in fuel efficiency and the Kia Forte GT-Line the advantage in maximum range. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are compact cars, the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL 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 GT-Line has the advantage in the areas of rear head room cargo space.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL has higher safety ratings than the Kia Forte GT-Line, with an average rating of 4.64 out of 5 Stars compared to 4 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, the Hyundai ELANTRA SEL has the advantage with a Top Safety Pick award.