2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Forte

2018 Kia Forte

Satellite Radio

  Standard

MPG (City / HWY)*

  29 / 37


2018 Hyundai Elantra

Satellite Radio

  Available On Other Models

MPG (City / HWY)*

  26 / 36

2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra

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These days, it’s not just enough for a compact car to provide little else beyond fuel efficiency. Customers want a little more than what they pay for. Couple that with ever-advancing automotive technology, and more automakers are consequently responding with features and design cues that were previously reserved for larger or premium-level rides. The Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra are two of the best examples. For the 2018 model year, neither vehicle comes with major changes as they maintain their positions in the top tier of compact vehicles. However, if you have to choose one over the other, it should be the Kia Forte. Here’s why:

Passenger Space

Since the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra are compact cars, the amount of interior space is especially treasured. The Kia Forte does its part by providing a passenger space measured at 96.2 cubic feet. The Hyundai Elantra falls a little short of the Forte’s cabin with a passenger volume of 95.8 cubic feet. Also worth mentioning is that the Forte provides more front head room, rear legroom, and front and rear hip room. So, if comfortability for yourself and passengers is top priority on a compact car, the Forte would give you less cramping grief.

Cargo Space

The 2018 Kia Forte gets special acclaim for having one of the largest trunks in the compact car segment. With both vehicles, you can fold down each vehicle’s rear row of seats to expand cargo volume into the cabin. However, the Forte offers 14.9 cubic feet of trunk space and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra provides 14.4 cubic feet.

User Friendly Infotainment System

More so than its Hyundai counterpart, the 2018 Kia Forte is praised by automotive experts for the ease of use of its infotainment system. Its UVO infotainment interface—which includes a large 7-inch touchscreen to optimize the execution of functions—is especially singled out as one of the most user-friendly ones in the compact car segment. Also standard or available on the Kia Forte are an AM/FM radio tuner, a single-disc CD player with MP3 playback capability, tweeter speakers for further amplifying sound, SiriusXM® Traffic service for providing traffic guidance like accident locations and road constructions, HD Radio™, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ for executing infotainment functions with your smartphone, and Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone operation and audio streaming.

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* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.