2016 Kia Forte Tampa Clearwater St Petersburg Trinity Spring Hill New Port Richey FL
2016 Kia Forte 2016 Hyundai Elantra
26 mpg city, 39 mpg highway Fuel Economy 28 mpg city, 38 mpg highway
$13,470 (Friendly Kia VIP) Price Starts at $15,457 (The Competition) 
14.9 cubic ft. Storage Space 14.8 cubic ft.
96.2 cubic ft. Interior Passenger Volume 95.6 cubic ft.

2016 Kia Forte vs. 2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Kia Forte Tampa Clearwater St Petersburg Trinity Spring Hill New Port Richey FL

The 2016 Kia Forte and the 2016 Hyundai Elantra going toe-to-toe is an epic compact class clash. The first thing you might notice about these vehicles is the price. The Elantra checks in a starting price around $15,450 for the competition's price, while the Forte easily bests that with a starting VIP price of $13,470. That's a huge savings.

Then factor in the fuel economy, which is comparable for both models - the Forte gets 26 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway, versus the Elantra's 28 and 38 - and the more affordable Forte shows a lot more value to go along with its nice performance.

The Forte doesn't stop there, however, as it is suited for all conditions and passenger needs. It has heated seats and steering wheel available, in case you're coming in from out in the rain; it has ventilated seats, so you don't sweat profusely during stop-and-go traffic. In addition, the Forte has FlexSteer Driver-Selectable steering assist, and the Elantra has essentially the same thing with its Driver Select Steering Mode, but the Elantra only offers this with a trim that has a starting price of about $20,000 at the competition while the Forte's FlexSteer is available on the EX trim, with a Friendly Kia VIP price starting at $14,840.

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Advantages of the 2016 Kia Forte

The 2016 Forte is a sleek, clean, pleasant car to look at, a work of art. In contrast, the Elantra is boxier and chunkier, not as tasteful as the Forte. Style matters. And when you get to the size of both, the Forte has 96.2 cubic feet in its interior for passengers, with the Elantra a little smaller at 95.6 cubic feet. That might not seem like much, but pack in your family or some friends and you'll see how a few inches here and there make all the difference.

Forte also has room for the all-important storage. The Forte's 14.9 cubic feet for storage slightly beats the Elantra's 14.8, but the result is the Forte gives you a smoother-looking car with all the fundamentals you want in a four-door sedan. It's both luxurious and tech-heavy, with a variety of lights available - on the glove box and the key lock cylinder, to name a few.

And when push comes to shove, Kias are just more fun. From the commercials to the features on the 2016 Forte, there's a lot of nice touches in the car. This is the compact that got a 5/5 in J.D. Power's 2016 Initial Quality study, and Friendly Kia offers very competitive and affordable pricing, with Fortes on our lot going for significantly less than the suggested retail price, which is already well below the MSRP for the Elantra. So come visit us at Friendly Kia and see for yourself how elegant, affordable and fun the 2016 Kia Forte is.

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