Compare 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs 2017 Kia Forte

2017 Hyundai Elantra
2017 Kia Forte
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ECO 1.4T DCT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Elantra ECO 1.4T DCT 32 40 $19,928 $20,650
Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $21,311 $22,350
Elantra Limited 2.0L Automatic PZEV 28 37 $21,311 $22,350
Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic 29 38 $17,566 $18,150
Elantra SE 2.0L Automatic PZEV 29 38 $17,566 $18,150
Elantra SE 2.0L Manual 26 36 $16,621 $17,150
Elantra Sport 1.6T Automatic 26 33 $21,799 $22,750
Elantra Sport 1.6T Manual 22 30 $20,765 $21,650
Elantra Value Edition 2.0L Automatic 28 37 $19,550 $20,250
Elantra GT Automatic 24 32 $19,071 $19,800
Elantra GT Manual 24 32 $18,121 $18,800
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EX Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Forte EX Automatic 25 33 $20,130 $21,300
Forte LX Automatic 29 38 $16,932 $17,600
Forte S Automatic 29 38 $18,318 $19,300
Forte5 SX DCT 25 30 $22,422 $23,800
Forte5 SX Manual 23 29 $24,426 $26,000

Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Forte: Compare Cars

The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are two compact sedans with common roots, but some very striking differences in styling and interior comfort.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,928
$20,130
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$20,650
$21,300
Monthly Payment Estimate
$344 / month
$355 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
6.5
TCC’s Bottom Line
We miss the brash, buzzy looks, for sure—but the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is now one of the most refined economy cars on the road. The Kia Forte looks more handsome and finely detailed for 2017, as well as even better-equipped for the money, although its tight packaging and lackluster safety scores will likely remain concerns.
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Fuel Economy
City
32 mpg 25 mpg
Highway
40 mpg 33 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Mid-Size Cars Mid-Size Cars
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
55.3 54.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.2 42.2
Front Hip Room (in)
53.4 53.8
Second Leg Room (in)
35.7 35.9
Front Head Room (in)
38.8 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
95.8 96.2
Second Hip Room (in)
51.9 53.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
56.2 56.1
Second Head Room (in)
37.3 37.3
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
56.5 56.3
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.9 61.7
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 106.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.9 70.1
Track Width, Front (in)
61.5 61.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
5.3 5.3
Length, Overall (in)
179.9 179.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
14.4 14.9
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
8 10.3
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
8 NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11 11
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake Type
Front Disc/Rear Drum 4-Wheel Disc
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
- Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14 13.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
17.4 34.8
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P215/45HR17
Spare Tire Size
NA NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P195/65TR15 P215/45HR17
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2857 2844
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
NA NA
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 17 X 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 X 6 17 X 7
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 90
Engine
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded I-4
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
156 @ 1400 151 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
1.4 L/83 2.0 L/122
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
128 @ 5500 164 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
32 25
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
35 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
40 33
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
5.10 3.44
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.26 2.73
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.39
Trans Description Cont.
Auto-Shift Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.88 0.77
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.81 4.40
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.12 3.06
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.96 1.83
Trans Type
7 6
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
0.72 -
Summary
Body Style
Sedan Sedan
Vehicle Name
Hyundai Elantra Kia Forte
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Torsion Beam Torsion Beam
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
5.0 6.3
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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