Although they’ve ceded a bit of market share to SUVs, compact cars are still brilliant choices for individuals and families seeking high-value transportation in a stylish and timeless silhouette. Additionally, the sedan body style makes these models quieter and smoother while riding compared to a two-box model like a hatchback or crossover. There’s a reason, after all, that for over half a century, the sedan was the preferred automotive vessel.
Today, we’re matching up two future icons of this segment. The 2020 Kia Forte and 2020 Hyundai Elantra share a platform and are marketed by two brands that share a bit in common. They make interesting choices on the things that separate them, however. Today we’re going to help you find the best of these two for your unique wants and needs. Let’s take a look.
2020 Kia Forte
2020 Hyundai Elantra
|2.0-liter 4-cylinder (147 hp)||Base engine (horsepower)||2.0-liter 4-cylinder (147 hp)|
|3 – Manual, IVT, dual-clutch||Transmission options||2 – CVT, dual-clutch|
|35 combined (FE IVT)||Base MPG||34 combined (SE)|
|15.3 cubic feet||Trunk space||14.4 cubic feet|
|8-inch touchscreen||Base infotainment||5-inch display screen|
|Standard||Apple CarPlay/Android Auto||Available|
|$17,890||MSRP starts at||$19,150|
Although many of the dimensions, powertrain specs and features are consistent between the two models, it’s clear that Kia has a stronger eye for what the compact sedan market is wanting and needing. The points of deviation between the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra serve as interesting marks in favor of Kia or Hyundai’s unique approach to value that seemingly swings 100% toward Kia.
Although the two models employ similar standard and available engines, the 2020 Kia Forte lets you choose a manual transmission in the base model, an increasingly rare spec for which some drivers choose a model over others. With the IVT, however, you’ll find fewer trips to the fuel pump than you will with the 2020 Hyundai Elantra despite similar horsepower/torque figures.
Inside, you’ll have more room for cargo, thanks to the larger trunk and a refined interior experience that gives you a standard 8-inch, full-color, high-resolution touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration from the base Kia Forte model all the way up through the top of the range. Hyundai thinks you can get by with a 5-inch screen and Bluetooth™ audio only.
Finally, a difference in price that tilts toward Hyundai would make sense, given the more Spartan approach to amenities, but the 2020 Kai Forte is the less expensive of the two. Even comparing them with the similar transmission options sees the Kia Forte at nearly $500 less than the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.
Experience fun, function and sport in a small car today. Test-drive the 2020 Kia Forte at Friendly Kia!