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Compare 2015 Hyundai Elantra vs 2015 Kia Forte

2015 Hyundai Elantra
2015 Kia Forte
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4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 27 37 $20,766 $21,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 27 37 $20,766 $21,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 28 38 $17,629 $18,250
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport 24 35 $21,610 $22,600
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport PZEV 24 35 $21,610 $22,600
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 27 37 $16,734 $17,250
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 24 34 $20,672 $21,600
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic 24 33 $19,071 $19,800
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual 24 34 $18,121 $18,800
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4-Door Sedan Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 25 36 $18,432 $19,390
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 39 $16,785 $17,490
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 37 $15,587 $15,890
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic EX 25 33 $18,751 $19,690
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic SX 21 29 $20,647 $21,890
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual SX 21 29 $19,707 $20,890
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $18,653 $19,590
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 22 30 $20,368 $21,590
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual EX 24 33 $17,698 $18,590
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 29 $19,428 $20,590
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,766
$18,432
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,700
$19,390
Monthly Payment Estimate
$362 / month
$323 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.2
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans. Reasonably well-rounded performance and attractive looks inside and out give the Forte lots of curb appeal, but disappointing safety scores and a lack of comfort mean that it isn't quite the high achiever that the larger Optima has been.
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Fuel Economy
City
27 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
37 mpg 36 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
37.1 37.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.6 96.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.8 54.9
Front Leg Room (in)
43.6 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.5 53.8
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
33.1 35.9
Front Head Room (in)
40 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.9 56.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
179.1 179.5
Height, Overall (in)
56.3 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.6 61.7
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.9 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.1 61.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 14.9
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.3 10.3
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
12.8 13.2
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.8 34.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45HR17 P205/55HR16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/45HR17 P205/55HR16
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2818 2844
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 16 X 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
90 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 600
Engine
Fuel System
MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
130 @ 4700 154 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
145 @ 6500 173 @ 6500
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
27 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
31 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
37 36
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.44 4.21
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.94 3.06
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.83 1.80
Trans Type
6 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.44 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.73 2.64
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.39
Summary
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.7 6.1
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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