When it comes to compact sedans, a common choice drivers face is between the Kia Forte or Hyundai Elantra. Drivers are looking for power, versatility, and a vehicle that meets their needs. When looking for your next car, spend some time reviewing the details of each model to be sure you drive away in the perfect car for you.
What’s New for 2018?
The 2018 Kia Forte is fairly similar to prior models, with some upgrades included in each trim level. For example, cruise control is now standard on the LX level, with optional audio upgrades. At the S-level, there is a new wheel design and additional features added to the Technology Package, such as a sunroof. Rear cross traffic alert and blind spot detection now come standard with the EX package.
The Hyundai Elantra also saw very few changes to its 2018 model. As with the Forte, several features were added to each trim level. For example, several features that were add-ons for the lower trim levels now come standard, such as rear disc brakes.
Kia commits to safety, which is exemplified by the Forte’s impressive crash test rating. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has given the Forte a five-star crash rating, with thanks to features like the traction control system, electronic stability control, and camera alerts.
Though less impressive than the Forte’s five-star rating, the Hyundai Elantra was able to achieve a four-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Other safety tests have also ranked the Elantra quite high. Consumers should note that these high ratings were only achieved with the top-level package, with all optional features enabled.
When it comes to interior design, the Forte was created with user-friendly features and comfortable materials in mind. There is also a comprehensive infotainment system available, keeping you entertained, on time, and on the right track whenever you travel. Every seat is padded, and there are available heating and seat cooling functions for each class. Additionally, the vehicle has excellent sound insulation and suspension, ensuring that everyone, drivers, and passengers alike, remain comfortable regardless of the road conditions.
The Elantra does have comfortable seating, though the front seat cushions are not as comfortable as those in other compact vehicles. In addition, the rear seat offers little room for passengers and their belongings. These seats also lack adequate thigh support, making them uncomfortable for long road trips.
Sticking with what works best, the 2018 Forte looks very similar to the prior models. The size of the car itself is smaller than many of its competitors, but this space shortage does not impact the available interior space. Kia did add two new wheel designs to its package lists and has made the sunroof a part of the Technology Package.
While the Elantra’s top trim level is a stylish option, it is slightly smaller than its peers, which does impact the interior space. Lower trim versions, such as the SE and the Eco, wind up looking very plain, as they lack the same wheel upgrade and additional exterior features.
When it comes to the Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra debate, the 2018 Kia Forte comes out ahead. With features above and beyond those offered by the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, the Kia has something designed to appeal to drivers from all walks of life. Come in to test drive the all-new 2018 Kia Forte at i25 Kia today. We offer 24-hour test drives, door-to-door service, and flexible leasing and financing. Visit us online or in person to learn more and to see our full line of new and used Kia models.
- Posted by Rochelle Reynolds
- On May 9, 2018