Compare the Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia ForteWhich Compact Car is Right For You?

  Hyundai Elantra  Kia Forte

Learn How the Hyundai Elantra Matches up to its Yorkville Competitor

If you're looking for a trustworthy, affordable sedan in Central New York, then you probably have the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte ranked fairly high on your "go-see" list. After all, each offers the features, driving dynamics, and value that go a long way with our friends and neighbors. Let's see how the two fare in a head-to-head comparison.

Hyundai ElantraKia Forte
Starting MSRP$16,950$16,800
Horsepower (Net @ RPM)147147
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal.)1413.2
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)95.896.2
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)14.414.9
Fuel Economy (MPG)36 highway / 26 city34 highway / 25 city


We compared base models of each sedan in order to keep things as comparable as possible. The Forte does have a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price that's $150 less than that of the base Elantra, but that slight edge is quickly eliminated when you consider the fact that the Elantra offers better fuel efficiency in the city and on the highway.



Both sedans come with standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines that team with manual transmissions to make 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. However, as we mentioned earlier, the powertrain in the Elantra is rated to achieve 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg highway, beating the 25 mpg city/34 mpg highway estimate that the Forte earns.

If you're looking for more power in your Oneida NY commute, the Elantra's available 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder creates significantly more horsepower and torque than does the Forte's available 2.0-liter engine.


One major difference between the two vehicles shows up with available trim levels, as the Elantra is offered in six trim levels and the Forte only comes in three. Malinus drivers can expect to find that even the base models of each vehicle come with the standard features they want, such as power steering, cruise control, variable speed intermittent wipers, and a trip computer.


Both sedans come with multiple airbags, tire pressure monitoring, electronic stability control, brake assist, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and child safety locks. The Elantra, however, also comes with daytime running lights -- a feature not offered standard on the Forte.


Each sedan comes with a 5-year/60,000-mile basic new car limited warranty, as well as a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. The Elantra, though, provides Utica drivers with a 7-year/unlimited mileage corrosion protection plan, as well as 5-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance coverage. Rome NY drivers who choose the Kia Forte are restricted to 5 years of corrosion protection, and their roadside assistance plan only covers up to 60,000 miles (or 5 years).

Explore the Hyundai Elantra at Carbone Hyundai

Now that you've seen how the Elantra offers more than the Forte, don't you think you owe it to yourself to visit our Yorkville NY showroom and take a closer look at it? Before you do, though, consider completing our secure online credit application so that you've already eliminated that part of the process. You might also want to take a look at our new Hyundai specials, in case our management has a compelling offer that you can't pass up.

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