2018 Kia Forte vs Hyundai Elantra

Trying to decide between the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra? We at Fred Beans Kia of Mechanicsburg are here to help! In this comparison, we'll show sedan shoppers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle how the Forte and Elantra compare.

Read ahead to see how these two vehicles stack up against each other when it comes to performance, interior comfort, and safety!

Kia vs Hyundai: Performance

Both the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra are standardly powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission. These 147-horsepower engines are also paired with a standard front-wheel drivetrain.

In addition to this engine, the Forte also offers a second engine that focuses on power. This turbocharged 1.6L inline 4-cylinder engine, which can be paired with an available 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, boasts an impressive 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The Elantra, on the other hand, also offers a secondary engine choice. However, no matter which engine you go with in this model, you won't get nearly as much power as you will in the Forte. The Elantra maxes out at 147 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque.

Forte vs Elantra: Interior Comfort

Just like under the front hood, the 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra share several standard features in their interiors. Both models sport five spacious seats with 42.2 inches of front legroom. Up comfort with available leather seating surfaces, dual zone automatic climate control systems, and heated front seats.

The Forte keeps going with the addition of available cooled seats up front to keep you comfortable in all kinds of weather conditions. You can also opt for a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support. Unfortunately, you won't have cooled seating capabilities or lumbar support in the Elantra and you'll also only have 6-way power adjustability for the driver's seat.

Comparing Safety Technologies

The 2018 Kia Forte and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra were both designed with safety in mind. These models offer a wide variety of safety features include an array of available active safety features. Opt for the Kia Forte and you'll be driving with:

  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Lake Keep Assist System
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

These features use advanced exterior sensors and cameras to keep tabs on your vehicle's surroundings. When they detect other vehicles or potential collision, they'll alert you so you can react. If you can't react in time, Automatic Emergency Braking will even apply the brakes for you to help you prevent a collision.

These features are offered on most of the Forte's trim levels and even come standard on several of them. With the Elantra, they're only available on the highest trim level and as optional features, not standard.

Visit our Kia Showroom Today

As you can see, the 2018 Kia Forte comes out on top in every category. Drivers in Mechanicsburg, Harrisburg, and Carlisle can get a closer look at this impressive sedan at Fred Beans of Mechanicsburg. Contact us online today to schedule your test drive!

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