Compare 2010 Kia Forte vs 2008 Hyundai Elantra

2010 Kia Forte
2008 Hyundai Elantra
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $13,430 $13,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 34 $14,410 $14,695
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 25 34 $15,230 $15,995
2-Door Coupe Manual EX 25 34 $15,810 $16,595
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 34 $16,190 $16,995
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 22 32 $16,660 $17,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $16,760 $17,595
2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $16,860 $17,695
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 31 $17,610 $18,495
2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $17,810 $18,695
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4-Door Sedan Manual GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 24 33 $13,592 $13,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV GLS 25 33 $14,547 $14,970
4-Door Sedan Manual SE 24 33 $16,004 $16,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic PZEV SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 25 33 $16,949 $17,670
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,430
$13,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$13,695
$13,970
Monthly Payment Estimate
$228 / month
$233 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Kia Forte is a strong contender in every way—a surprisingly good-looking, enjoyable-to-drive car that will hold the budget down. The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
25 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Mid-Size
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
53.0 54.2
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
53.3 54.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.7 55.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
96.8 97.9
Second Head Room (in)
37.8 37.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.7 55.1
Front Leg Room (in)
43.3 43.5
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 60.7
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.3 60.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 177.4
Height, Overall (in)
57.5 58.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.7 14.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 x - TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
13.7 14
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.89 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.8 33.9
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65TR15
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65R15 P195/65TR15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2707 2751
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 75
Engine
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
144 @ 4300 136 @ 4600
Engine Order Code
- TBD - NA
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
156 @ 6200 138 @ 6000
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
28 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 33
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
25 24
Transmission
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 1.96
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.19 4.19
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.91 0.98
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.31 3.31
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.19 1.26
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.70 0.78
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.58
Summary
Body Style
4dr Sdn 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Kia Forte Hyundai Elantra
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.67
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.7 -
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - -

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