Compare 2016 Hyundai Elantra vs 2016 Kia Forte vs 2016 Volkswagen Jetta

2016 Hyundai Elantra
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2016 Kia Forte
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2016 Volkswagen Jetta
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4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited 28 38 $20,766 $21,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Limited PZEV 28 38 $20,766 $21,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic SE 28 38 $17,629 $18,250
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport 24 35 $20,344 $21,250
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Sport PZEV 24 35 $20,344 $21,250
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Automatic Value Edition 28 38 $18,997 $19,700
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual SE 27 37 $16,734 $17,250
Elantra 4-Door Sedan Manual Sport 24 34 $19,406 $20,250
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Automatic 24 33 $19,071 $19,800
Elantra GT 5-Door HB Manual 24 33 $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 24 35 $18,993 $19,990
Forte 4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 26 39 $16,991 $17,700
Forte 4-Door Sedan Manual LX 25 37 $15,684 $15,990
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic EX 25 33 $19,367 $20,390
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic LX 25 33 $17,359 $18,090
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Automatic SX 21 29 $20,740 $21,990
Forte 5-Door 5-Door HB Manual SX 21 29 $19,811 $20,990
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic EX 25 34 $18,895 $19,890
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Automatic SX 22 30 $20,461 $21,690
Forte Koup 2-Door Coupe Manual SX 22 29 $19,521 $20,690
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4-Door Automatic 1.4T S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.4T S 28 39 $18,029 $18,780
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.4T S w/Technology 28 39 $18,984 $19,775
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.4T SE 28 39 $19,291 $20,095
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.4T SE w/Connectivity 28 39 $21,433 $22,325
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL 25 36 $22,705 $23,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL PZEV 25 36 $22,705 $23,650
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL Premium 25 36 $24,366 $25,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T SEL Premium PZEV 25 36 $24,366 $25,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 1.8T Sport PZEV 25 36 $21,115 $21,995
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SE 24 33 $26,898 $28,020
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SE PZEV 24 33 $26,898 $28,020
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SEL 24 33 $29,166 $30,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Automatic 2.0T GLI SEL PZEV 24 33 $29,166 $30,380
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI S 31 43 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity 31 43 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SEL Premium 31 43 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG Hybrid SEL Premium 42 48 $29,874 $31,120
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.4T S 28 40 $16,973 $17,680
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.4T S w/Technology 28 40 $17,928 $18,675
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 1.4T SE 28 40 $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 TDI S 30 44 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity 30 44 N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SEL Premium 30 44 N/A N/A
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

$20,766
$18,993
$18,029

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$21,700
$19,990
$18,780

Monthly Payment Estimate

$362 / month
$333 / month
$313 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.2
7.6
7.6

TCC’s Bottom Line

Not quite a hot hatch, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT gives up some rear-seat space in the name of cargo room and European style. There's a lot of curb appeal in the 2016 Kia Forte, although lackluster safety scores and cabin-comfort shortcomings keep it from being another Kia high-achiever. The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta keeps its excellent handling and high safety ratings, but it's starting to show its age in a a few ways.

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TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

28 mpg 24 mpg 28 mpg

Highway

38 mpg 35 mpg 39 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Midsize Cars Midsize 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 56.3 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 5.3 5.2

Length, Overall (in)

179.1 179.5 183.3

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume (ft³)

14.8 14.9 15.7

Brakes

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

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

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

12.8 13.2 14.5

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.8 34.8 36.4

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/45HR17 P215/45HR17 P195/65HR15

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Front Tire Size

P215/45HR17 P215/45HR17 P195/65HR15

Spare Tire Size

NA NA Full-Size

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA NA

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

2818 2844 3025

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7 15 X 6

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

NA NA Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7 17 X 7 15 X 6

Spare Wheel Size (in)

NA NA Full-Size

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum Steel

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

550 600 540

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

90 90 140

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

130 @ 4700 154 @ 4700 184 @ 1400

Engine Order Code

NA NA NA

Displacement

1.8 L/110 2.0 L/122 1.4 L/85

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

145 @ 6500 173 @ 6500 150 @ 5000

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

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

32 28 32

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

38 35 39

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

28 24 28

Transmission

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.44 4.21 4.46

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

2.94 3.06 3.23

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 2.50

Trans Order Code

A6GF1 NA NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.39 1.39 1.14

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 0.77 0.67

Summary

Vehicle Name

Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan

Body Style

Sedan Sedan Sedan

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

5.9 6.3 5.5

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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