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Model Comparison: 2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra

At Eastside Kia, we're delighted to sell the 2019 Kia Forte in Calgary. We think it's the finest compact car in Canada, and the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada agrees. They awarded it the "Best Small Car in Canada for 2019." A 2019 Kia Forte comparison with any competitor will reveal its strengths. For instance, contrasting the Forte with one of its closest competitors, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra, will reveal the features that make the Forte such an outstanding value.

The Forte

All new for 2019, the Kia Forte has been redesigned with a bold and premium look. Kia calls it a smart sized revolution, combining compact size and efficiency with advanced technology and a first-class driving experience. All of this belies the Forte's compact dimensions and its $16,495 starting price. With outstanding fuel economy and 147 horsepower, the Forte is proof that a compact car can do big things. With advanced safety features like optional Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, it's easy to see why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the Forte a 2019 Top Safety Pick Plus.

The Competition

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra competes with the Forte in the compact sedan segment. Both cars are very similar in size, with an exterior length of 4,640 mm for the Kia Forte and 4,620 mm for the Elantra. Passenger volume is very similar too, although Kia's offering has a slight edge at 2,718 litres versus 2,713 for the Elantra. So, if you're shopping for a small sedan, you might very well test-drive our Forte against the Elantra.

Pricing and Power

Pricing is similar too. For purposes of this comparison, we'll compare the 2019 Kia Forte LX trim level, which comes with Kia's Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), against the Hyundai Elantra Essential equipped with an automatic transmission. Both vehicles are well appointed at these trim levels, yet still priced to satisfy a value-focused car shopper. First, let's take a look at how the two cars are similar:

 2019 Hyundai Elantra LX (IVT)  Feature  2019 Hyundai Elantra
 Essential (Automatic)
 $18,995  Price  $18,699
 $1,635  Destination Charge  $1,705
 $20,630  Comparably Equipped Price  $20,404
 147  Horsepower  147
 132  Torque  132

Exterior, Comfort and Controls

As you can see, the two models are strikingly similar in price, size, and horsepower. But a detailed comparison of features reveals that the Kia Forte delivers more premium features and extra value at the same approximate price point:

 2019 Hyundai Elantra LX (IVT)  Feature  2019 Hyundai Elantra
 Essential (Automatic)
 Fully automatic  Exterior Light Control  None
 Yes  Heated Steering Wheel  No
 Yes  Audio Steering Wheel Controls  No
 With steering wheel controls  Cruise Control  No
 Yes  Automatic headlights  No
 8  LCD Monitor Size (inches)  5
 4-wheel disc  Brakes  Front disc/rear drum
 Yes, with mitigation  Intelligent Brake Assist  No
 434  Interior Cargo Volume (Litres)  407
 952  Rear Head Room (mm)  947

On-road Efficiency

Finally, compact sedan shoppers value fuel efficiency. Here, the Kia Forte holds a distinct advantage over its rival from Hyundai, proving that premium features and performance can coexist with value and Eco-friendliness:

 2019 Hyundai Elantra LX (IVT)  Feature  2019 Hyundai Elantra
 Essential (Automatic)
 7.7  City Fuel Economy (L/100 km)  8.3
 5.9  Highway Fuel Economy (L/100 km)  6.4
 6.9  Combined Fuel Economy (L/100 km)  7.4