Compare 2011 Hyundai Elantra vs 2011 Kia Forte

2011 Hyundai Elantra
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4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS 28 38 $16,629 $17,195
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $16,629 $17,195
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Ltd 28 38 $19,349 $20,195
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Ltd PZEV 28 38 $19,349 $20,195
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $14,536 $14,945
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic GLS 23 30 $16,685 $17,195
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Automatic SE 23 30 $19,443 $20,295
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual GLS 23 31 $15,539 $15,995
Elantra Touring 4-Door Wgn Manual SE 23 31 $18,687 $19,495
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,570 $17,395
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $15,680 $15,995
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,000 $18,895
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $14,700 $14,995
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic EX 26 36 $17,040 $17,895
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic SX 23 32 $18,470 $19,395
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual EX 25 34 $16,090 $16,895
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,140 $17,995
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,470 $19,395
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,190 $16,995
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,520 $18,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,629
$16,570
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,195
$17,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$287 / month
$290 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
38 mpg; a sleek, sophisticated look; and even more value for the money confirm that this little sedan has officially left the Corolla in the dust. The 2011 Kia Forte exemplifies the new direction of Kia, with a simple, elegant style, unexpected levels of refinement, and lots of value for the money.
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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 26 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.7
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 43.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.6 96.8
Front Hip Room (in)
53.5 53.0
Second Leg Room (in)
33.1 35.0
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 55.7
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.6
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 57.5
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.5 61.6
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 104.3
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 69.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 61.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.5 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
178.3 178.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 14.7
Brakes
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
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.0 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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.8 13.7
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.9 2.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
NA 14.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 33.9
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P205/55HR16 P195/65R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701 (est) 2791
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 5.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 5.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.2 6.4
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
NA 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 156 @ 6200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
131 @ 4700 144 @ 4300
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 26
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 36
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.44 3.38
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.73 2.63
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
NA 2.88
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.40 4.21
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.83 1.80
Trans Type
6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
SHIFTRONIC NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte
Body Style
4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Axle Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 6.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
8 7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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