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2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Kia Forte Review

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra

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2021 Kia
Forte

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MSRP*
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$19,650 to $25,450
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$17,890 to $23,390
Invoice* $19,075 to $24,446 $17,263 to $22,338
MPG - City 25 - 33 25 - 31
MPG - Hwy 34 - 43 32 - 41
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** Not Tested ****
Frontal Crash Rating** Not Tested ****
Side Crash Rating** Not Tested *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Hyundai Elantra than the Kia Forte. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte in the front seats.

Convenience
The Kia Forte requires fewer visits to the gas station than the Hyundai Elantra, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Hyundai Elantra is somewhat more expensive than the Kia Forte. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Hyundai Elantra is a little wider than the Kia Forte, so getting in and out of the car in a crowded parking lot may be a little more of a squeeze. When looking at overall length, the Hyundai Elantra takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Forte.

Drivetrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Hyundai Elantra does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Kia Forte.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra has a much more powerful engine than the Kia Forte. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte. The Hyundai Elantra has less cargo capacity than the Kia Forte, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Hyundai Elantra comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Kia Forte.