Compare 2010 Hyundai Elantra vs 2010 Kia Forte

2010 Hyundai Elantra
2010 Kia Forte
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 26 34 $16,385 $16,895
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 26 34 $16,385 $16,895
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 26 34 $17,113 $17,845
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE PZEV 26 34 $17,113 $17,845
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual Blue 26 35 $13,758 $14,145
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic GLS 23 30 $16,671 $17,195
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic SE 23 30 $18,957 $19,795
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual GLS 23 31 $15,525 $15,995
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual SE 23 31 $18,201 $18,995
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 34 $16,190 $16,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 34 $14,410 $14,695
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 31 $17,610 $18,495
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual EX 25 34 $15,230 $15,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $13,430 $13,695
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual SX 22 32 $16,660 $17,495
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $16,760 $17,595
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $17,810 $18,695
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 25 34 $15,810 $16,595
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $16,860 $17,695
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,385
$16,190
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,895
$16,995
Monthly Payment Estimate
$282 / month
$283 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Hyundai Elantra remains a perfectly competent and spacious—if slightly boring—sedan, while the Touring wagon gets a more exciting personality. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
26 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
34 mpg 34 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Midsize
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.0 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
54.0 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.6 55.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.9 96.8
Second Head Room (in)
37.6 37.8
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43.5 43.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
54.2 53.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
60.7 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.9 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
177.4 178.3
Height, Overall (in)
58.3 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.7 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
104.3 104.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.2 14.7
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.0 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
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.7
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.1 2.89
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.4 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.9 33.8
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P195/65R15
Spare Tire Size
T125/80D15 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2895 2740
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 5.5 15 x 5.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
MPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4600 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA - TBD -
Displacement
2.0L/121 2.0L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
29 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
34 34
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
26 25
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.92 2.92
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.48 2.48
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.55 1.55
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.85 3.68
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4dr Sdn
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.67 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
6.5 6.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 - TBD -

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