The 2021 Kia Forte and 2021 Hyundai Elantra are both compact cars that offer incredible value, fuel economy and technology features. Due to Kia and Hyundai sharing common ownership, both the Forte and Elantra share many similarities. Both vehicles are built on the same platform and offer customers similar standard and optional features. In this article, we will explore the similarities and differences between the “2021 Kia Forte vs 2021 Hyundai Elantra.”
The Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra share many parts, not least of which is their engine. The standard engine on both cars is a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine offering 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Both vehicles also offer an upgraded Turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine which produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. On the Elantra, this turbocharged engine is offered on the Sport trim level and on the GT and GT Manual trim levels on the Forte. The Elantra, however, also comes in an Eco trim level which offers a Turbocharged 1.4L 4-cylinder engine. The Eco engine gets 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.
Fuel Economy Comparison
Due to the differing engine options, fuel economy for both vehicles is largely dependent on which engine you select. Both the Forte and Elantra offer customers impressive fuel efficiency, topping at a whopping 41 estimated highway MPG! The more powerful engines on both vehicles still offer great fuel economy with the Elantra Sport getting 33 highway MPG compared to the Forte GT which gets 35 MPG on the highway.
Depending on which trim level you choose, the Forte and Elantra both offer customers all of the incredible technology and comfort features you’d expect in a modern vehicle. Luxury features like heated leather and power seats are available on both vehicles. Both vehicles also come with an 8” Touchscreen display and all of the latest tech features like Bluetooth, Backup Camera and even a wireless device charging pad. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allow you to pull your smartphone’s capability into your vehicles touchscreen!
While the Forte and Elantra offer very similar features on the inside, the most noticeable differences between vehicles is on the outside. Both vehicles are compact in size, but offer the look more closely resembling a mid-size sedan. Both offer a sleek, rounded contour with the Elantra offering a bigger grille incorporating the Hyundai logo. The Forte on the other hand, offers a small front grille with the Kia logo placed above it as well as different badging on the back of the car.
Like we mentioned before, both the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra offer customers incredible value. As far as price, the Forte starts at an MSRP of $17,890 compared to the Elantra which begins at MSRP of $19,650. If you are looking for the upgraded Turbocharged engine, you’ll have to go for the Kia Forte GT or Hyundai Elantra Sport which begin at $22,790 and $24,100, respectively. Both vehicles come with the best warranty on the market – 5 year/ 60k mile standard warranty and 10 year/100k mile powertrain warranty.
Kia Forte at Family Kia
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