Compare 2014 Hyundai Elantra vs 2014 Kia Forte vs 2014 Volkswagen Jetta

2014 Hyundai Elantra
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2014 Kia Forte
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2014 Volkswagen Jetta
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4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 27 37 $20,719 $21,650
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 27 37 $20,719 $21,650
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 28 38 $17,582 $18,200
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport 24 35 $21,704 $22,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport PZEV 24 35 $21,704 $22,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 27 37 $16,687 $17,200
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 24 34 $20,766 $21,700
Elantra Coupe 2-Door 24 34 $18,972 $19,600
Elantra Coupe 2-Door PZEV 24 34 $18,972 $19,600
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic 24 33 $19,024 $19,750
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic w/Blue Int 24 33 $19,024 $19,750
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual 24 34 $18,074 $18,750
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual w/Blue Int 24 34 $18,074 $18,750
Select style
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 36 $18,528 $19,500
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 25 36 $16,790 $17,500
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 37 $15,599 $15,900
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic EX 24 34 $18,759 $19,700
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic SX 21 29 $20,658 $21,900
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual SX 21 29 $19,717 $20,900
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $18,659 $19,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 22 30 $20,378 $21,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $17,708 $18,600
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 29 $19,436 $20,600
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4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity 25 36 $20,943 $21,815
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity PZEV 25 36 $20,943 $21,815
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity/Sunroof 25 36 $22,555 $23,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SE w/Connectivity/Sunroof PZEV 25 36 $22,555 $23,495
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL 25 36 $24,888 $25,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic SEL PZEV 25 36 $24,888 $25,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI 24 32 $24,610 $25,635
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Automaticbahn 24 32 $26,808 $27,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Automaticbahn PZEV 24 32 $26,808 $27,925
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Automaticbahn w/Nav 24 32 $28,757 $29,955
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Automaticbahn w/Nav PZEV 24 32 $28,757 $29,955
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Edition 30 24 32 $27,413 $28,555
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Edition 30 PZEV 24 32 $27,413 $28,555
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Edition 30 w/Nav 24 32 $29,641 $30,875
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI Edition 30 w/Nav PZEV 24 32 $29,641 $30,875
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG GLI PZEV 24 32 $24,610 $25,635
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid 42 48 $24,538 $25,560
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SE 42 48 $26,539 $27,645
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL 42 48 $29,035 $30,245
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL Premium 42 48 $30,619 $31,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI Value Edition 30 42 $21,499 $22,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium 30 42 $25,339 $26,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG TDI w/Premium/Nav 30 42 $26,779 $27,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual Base 24 34 $15,067 $15,695
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI 23 33 $23,553 $24,535
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Automaticbahn 23 33 $25,753 $26,825
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Automaticbahn PZEV 23 33 $25,753 $26,825
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Automaticbahn w/Nav 23 33 $27,701 $28,855
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Automaticbahn w/Nav PZEV 23 33 $27,701 $28,855
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Edition 30 23 33 $26,357 $27,455
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Edition 30 PZEV 23 33 $26,357 $27,455
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Edition 30 w/Nav 23 33 $28,584 $29,775
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI Edition 30 w/Nav PZEV 23 33 $28,584 $29,775
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual GLI PZEV 23 33 $23,553 $24,535
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual S 24 34 $16,219 $16,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE 26 36 $18,139 $18,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE PZEV 26 36 $18,139 $18,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Connectivity 26 36 $19,887 $20,715
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Connectivity PZEV 26 36 $19,887 $20,715
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Connectivity/Sunroof 26 36 $21,499 $22,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual SE w/Connectivity/Sunroof PZEV 26 36 $21,499 $22,395
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $22,681 $23,625
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI Value Edition 30 42 $20,443 $21,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium 30 42 $24,283 $25,295
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual TDI w/Premium/Nav 30 42 $25,723 $26,795
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S 23 30 $21,211 $22,095
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic S PZEV 23 30 $21,211 $22,095
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE 23 30 $23,890 $24,885
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE PZEV 23 30 $23,890 $24,885
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof 23 30 $25,617 $26,685
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof PZEV 23 30 $25,617 $26,685
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI 29 39 $26,558 $27,665
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof 29 39 $28,287 $29,465
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door DSG TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 29 39 $29,054 $30,265
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S 23 33 $20,155 $20,995
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual S PZEV 23 33 $20,155 $20,995
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI 30 42 $25,503 $26,565
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof 30 42 $27,230 $28,365
Jetta SportWagen 4-Door Manual TDI w/Sunroof & Nav 30 42 $27,998 $29,165
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,719
$18,528
$20,943
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,650
$19,500
$21,815
Monthly Payment Estimate
$361 / month
$325 / month
$364 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Hyundai Elantra already had the bases covered--we'll see if a new engine and new tuning draws it even closer to best in class. The 2014 Kia Forte finds better focus with well-rounded performance and grabby good looks, but its safety scores concern us. The 2014 VW Jetta stands out in TDI and GLI trim, and its new four-cylinder erases our bad memories of the old five-cylinder.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 24 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 36 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
Front Head Room (in)
40 39.1 38.2
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.1 -
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.1 55.2
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.3 37.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.6 96.2 94.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.9 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 42.2 41.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.5 53.8 -
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
33.1 35.9 38.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 61.1 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.5 5.5
Length, Overall (in)
179.1 179.5 182.2
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.5 57.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 61.7 60.3
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.3 104.4
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.1 70
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 14.9 15.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11 11.3
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 10.3 10.7
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.8 13.2 14.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 34.8 36.4
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P215/45HR17 P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45HR17 P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2818 2837 3018
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5 16 X 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 600 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 90 140
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4 Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
MPI Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
130 @ 4700 154 @ 4700 184 @ 1500
Engine Order Code
NA NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122 1.8 L/110
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
145 @ 6500 173 @ 6500 170 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 24 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 28 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 36 36
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.44 3.38 3.19
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.73 2.64 2.37
Trans Order Code
NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.39 1.16
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77 0.67
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.44 4.21 4.04
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.06 3.39
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.83 1.80 1.56
Trans Type
6 6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 0.85
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.8 6.5 (Est) 6.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 7.0 (Est) -
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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