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
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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 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door DSG 2.0L TDI SEL Premium N/A N/A 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 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SE w/Connectivity N/A N/A N/A N/A
Jetta Sedan 4-Door Manual 2.0L TDI SEL Premium N/A N/A 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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Fuel Economy
City
28 mpg 24 mpg 28 mpg
Highway
38 mpg 35 mpg 39 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars Compact Cars
Interior Dimensions
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
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 -
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.8 14.9 15.7
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
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
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/45HR17 P215/45HR17 P195/65HR15
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2818 2844 3025
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 X 7 17 X 7 15 X 6
Front 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 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
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
38 35 39
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
28 24 28
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
32 28 32
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte Volkswagen Jetta Sedan
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.9 6.3 5.5 (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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