When it comes to producing award-winning and surprisingly-industry-leading compact cars, Hyundai and Kia have a lot in common. The two companies, who are closely related, share many of the same platforms and powertrain options, making comparing the two an exercise in looking at the finer details of their vehicles’ construction and feature inclusions. For the compact car class, this means paying special attention to features like fuel efficiency and standard technology – two criteria for which drivers are more likely to choose a compact car over another segment.
Today, we’re comparing two all-new compact cars from both Kia and Hyundai. On the one hand, Kia has found brilliant design and engineering in their 2019 Kia Forte. Going up against the 2019 Kia Forte is the restyled 2019 Hyundai Elantra that has made waves with its polarizing design. Let’s see how the two measure up!
2019 Kia Forte
2019 Hyundai Elantra
|35 combined||Base model efficiency||29 combined|
|Yes – new for 2019||IVT transmission?||No|
|Standard on all trim levels||Active safety features||Standard on only some trim levels|
|8-inch, multi-touch touchscreen||Standard infotainment||5-inch touchscreen|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto?||Available|
|Kia – yes. Four years running.||J.D. Power Initial Quality Study mass-market leaders for 2018?||Hyundai - no|
|$15,905 – Best Friendly Kia VIP pricing*||Starts at||$17,100|
Although the Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte may be closely related, the choices of their manufacturers add a degree of separation that seems unfathomable. The 147-horsepower standard engine is shared between the Elantra and Forte. What happens next, however, sees the 2019 Kia Forte receive Kia’s new IVT transmission. This transmission allows the same engine to get over 5 more miles for every gallon.
Features are another area where the 2019 Kia Forte completely dwarfs the Hyundai Elantra. Standard on every 2019 Kia Forte, you’ll get an 8-inch infotainment experience with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto being standard. For the Elantra, these features are reserved for their upper trim levels.
As are active safety features like automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist, both standard on the 2019 Kia Forte, but not on the 2019 Hyundai Elantra.
Other advantages over the Elantra include the Forte’s sterling reliability (evidenced by J.D. Power deeming Kia the most reliable mass-market brand) and the lower price tag – only available at Friendly Kia.
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