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2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV vs. 2021 Kia Forte Review

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra HEV

MSRP*: $23,550 to $28,100
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2021 Kia
Forte

MSRP*: $17,890 to $23,390
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Invoice* $22,622 to $26,990 $17,263 to $22,338
MPG - City 49 MPG 25 - 31 MPG
MPG - Hwy 52 MPG 32 - 41 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 14.2 ft3 15.3 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Manual Auto Manual, Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 104 hp 147 - 201 hp
Exterior Length 184.1 in 182.7 in
Exterior Width 71.9 in 70.9 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 42.2 in
Rear 35.7 in
Head Room Front 38.7 - 40.6 in
Rear 37.3 in
Front 38.8 in
Rear 37.5 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** ****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**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 HEV than the Kia Forte. The Hyundai Elantra HEV will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Kia Forte.

Convenience
The Hyundai Elantra HEV will require fewer stops at the gas station than the Kia Forte, 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 HEV 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 HEV and the Kia Forte have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Hyundai Elantra HEV 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 HEV takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Kia Forte.

Handling
The Hyundai Elantra HEV has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Kia Forte, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra HEV is significantly less powerful than the Kia Forte. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
With its lower torque, the Hyundai Elantra HEV doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Kia Forte.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Elantra HEV and the Kia Forte. The Hyundai Elantra HEV 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 HEV comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Kia Forte.