Compare 2014 Hyundai Elantra vs 2014 Kia Forte vs 2015 Volkswagen Jetta

2014 Hyundai Elantra
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2014 Kia Forte
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2015 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
Select style
4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE 25 37 $19,291 $20,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE PZEV 25 37 $19,291 $20,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE w/Connectivity 25 37 $21,433 $22,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE w/Connectivity PZEV 25 37 $21,433 $22,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE w/Connectivity/Navigation 25 37 $22,705 $23,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SE w/Connectivity/Navigation PZEV 25 37 $22,705 $23,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL 25 37 $24,366 $25,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL PZEV 25 37 $24,366 $25,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T Sport PZEV 25 37 $21,115 $21,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0L S 23 34 $17,688 $18,425
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0L S w/Technology 23 34 $18,642 $19,420
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SE 24 32 $26,898 $28,020
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SE PZEV 24 32 $26,898 $28,020
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SEL 24 32 $29,166 $30,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV 24 32 $29,166 $30,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI S 31 45 $21,830 $22,740
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity 31 45 $24,168 $25,175
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SEL 31 45 $26,409 $27,510
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL Premium 42 48 $29,874 $31,120
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.8T SE 25 37 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.8T SE PZEV 25 37 $18,235 $18,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.8T Sport PZEV 25 37 $20,059 $20,895
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L Base 25 34 $15,567 $16,215
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L S 25 34 $16,633 $17,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L S w/Technology 25 34 $17,587 $18,320
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI S 31 46 $20,774 $21,640
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity 31 46 $23,113 $24,075
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SEL 31 46 $25,353 $26,410
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0T GLI SE 23 33 $25,842 $26,920
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0T GLI SE PZEV 23 33 $25,842 $26,920
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0T GLI SEL 23 33 $28,109 $29,280
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV 23 33 $28,109 $29,280
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,719
$18,528
$19,291
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,650
$19,500
$20,095
Monthly Payment Estimate
$361 / month
$325 / month
$335 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
7.4
7.8
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 2015 Volkswagen Jetta has a nicer interior, more fuel-efficient engines, and should be safer, while retaining its huge interior and trunk, plus the response and roadholding that make it fun to drive.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 24 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 36 mpg 37 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 61.1 60.4
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.5 5.2
Length, Overall (in)
179.1 179.5 183.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 14.9 15.7
Brakes
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
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
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
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45HR17 P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45HR17 P205/55HR16 P205/55HR16
Spare Tire Size
NA NA Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2818 2837 3124
Wheels
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
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA Full-Size
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 600 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 90 140
Engine
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 @ 4800
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
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 28 30
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 36 37
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 24 25
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.06 3.50
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.8 6.5 (Est) 5.9
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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