Compare 2013 Hyundai Elantra vs 2013 Kia Forte vs 2013 Volkswagen Jetta

2013 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 $17,105 $17,695
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic GLS PZEV 28 38 $17,105 $17,695
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $20,218 $21,115
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 28 38 $20,218 $21,115
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual GLS 28 38 $16,208 $16,695
Elantra Coupe 2-Door Automatic GS 27 37 $18,021 $18,595
Elantra Coupe 2-Door Automatic GS PZEV 27 37 $18,021 $18,595
Elantra Coupe 2-Door Automatic SE 27 37 $20,009 $20,895
Elantra Coupe 2-Door Automatic SE PZEV 27 37 $20,009 $20,895
Elantra Coupe 2-Door Manual GS 28 38 $17,066 $17,595
Elantra Coupe 2-Door Manual SE 28 38 $19,064 $19,895
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic 27 37 $18,831 $19,545
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic PZEV 27 37 $18,831 $19,545
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic PZEV w/Blue Int 27 37 $18,831 $19,545
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic w/Blue Int 27 37 $18,831 $19,545
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual 26 37 $17,881 $18,545
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual w/Blue Int 26 37 $17,881 $18,545
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 26 36 $16,950 $17,800
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 36 $16,080 $16,400
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 23 32 $18,380 $19,300
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 34 $15,100 $15,400
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB EX 26 36 $17,430 $18,300
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB SX 23 32 $18,860 $19,800
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $17,520 $18,400
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 23 31 $18,860 $19,800
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $16,570 $17,400
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 32 $17,900 $18,800
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4-Door Automatic Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Base 24 29 $15,979 $16,645
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid 42 48 $23,995 $24,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid SE 42 48 $25,911 $26,990
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid SEL 42 48 $28,153 $29,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic Hybrid SEL Premium 42 48 $29,933 $31,180
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 24 29 $18,187 $18,945
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience 24 31 $20,572 $21,430
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience PZEV 24 31 $20,572 $21,430
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience/Sunroof 24 31 $21,859 $22,770
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Convenience/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $21,859 $22,770
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 24 31 $23,035 $23,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 24 31 $23,035 $23,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Nav 24 31 $24,241 $25,250
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Nav PZEV 24 31 $24,241 $25,250
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,571 $25,595
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium/Nav 30 42 $25,973 $27,055
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Base 24 34 $14,923 $15,545
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S 24 34 $16,051 $16,720
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S w/Sunroof 24 34 $17,113 $17,825
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 23 33 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 23 33 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience 23 33 $19,497 $20,310
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience PZEV 23 33 $19,497 $20,310
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience/Sunroof 23 33 $20,785 $21,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Convenience/Sunroof PZEV 23 33 $20,785 $21,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL 23 33 $21,979 $22,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL PZEV 23 33 $21,979 $22,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Nav 23 33 $23,185 $24,150
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SEL w/Nav PZEV 23 33 $23,185 $24,150
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $22,133 $23,055
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $23,452 $24,430
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium/Nav 30 42 $24,855 $25,890
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S 24 31 $20,827 $21,695
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 24 31 $20,827 $21,695
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE 24 31 $23,419 $24,395
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 24 31 $23,419 $24,395
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof 24 31 $25,147 $26,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 24 31 $25,147 $26,195
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $25,819 $26,895
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof 29 39 $27,547 $28,695
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 29 39 $28,315 $29,495
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S 23 33 $19,771 $20,595
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S PZEV 23 33 $19,771 $20,595
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $24,763 $25,795
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof 30 42 $26,491 $27,595
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $27,259 $28,395
Pricing
Invoice Price
$17,105
$16,950
$15,979
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,695
$17,800
$16,645
Monthly Payment Estimate
$295 / month
$297 / month
$277 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Civic who? Corolla what? The Hyundai Elantra's one of the new standard bearers in the compact class, with 38-mpg fuel economy, better safety, and class-leading standard features. It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest. The Jetta draws drivers looking for a taut driving feel and delivers superior interior space; we'd pass on the low-cost base models, and aim for the standout TDI and GLI editions.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 26 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 36 mpg 29 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize cars Compact Cars Compact Cars
Number of Passenger Doors
4 - 4
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.100 37.600 37.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.800 54.700 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.600 43.300 41.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.600 96.800 94.1
Front Hip Room (in)
53.500 53.000 - TBD -
Second Leg Room (in)
33.100 35.000 38.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.000 40.000 38.2
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Hip Room (in)
52.700 53.300 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.900 55.700 55.2
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.500 5.900 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
178.300 178.300 182.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.500 57.500 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.500 61.600 60.6
Wheelbase (in)
106.300 104.300 104.4
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.900 69.900 70.0
Track Width, Front (in)
61.000 61.300 60.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.800 14.700 15.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA Yes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.300 x - TBD - 10.3 x - TBD - NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA 9.1 x 1.3
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.000 x - TBD - 11.0 x - TBD - 11.0 x 0.9
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.800 13.700 14.5
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
14.200 14.200 16.40
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.780 33.900 36.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.900 2.890 3.01
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD - N/A
Tires
Front Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Spare Tire Size
NA - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P205/55R16 P195/65R15 195/65HR15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA - TBD - NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701 2791 2881
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 15 x 5.5 15 x 6.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
2.200 6.300 7.7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 110 140
Engine
Displacement
1.8L/110 2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
148 @ 6500 156 @ 6200 115 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
131 @ 4700 144 @ 4300 125 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 26 24
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 29 27
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 36 29
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.834 1.800 1.56
Trans Type
6 6 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.000 0.86
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.440 3.380 3.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.726 2.630 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.065 2.880 3.68
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.392 1.380 1.15
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/Manual Shift Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.774 0.770 0.69
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.400 4.210 4.15
Summary
Body Style
Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.866 - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Axle Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD - N/A
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut McPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD - N/A
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- TBD - 8 -
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 6.3 6.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

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