Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Forte
Hyundai Elantra
Kia Forte
At a Glance: Elantra vs. Forte

When you think about your ideal car, what do you want it to do for you—aside from taking you around town? Is fuel efficiency important to you? What about safety?

All these features and more can be found in the 2023 Hyundai Elantra and the 2023 Kia Forte. Both are excellent cars that will stand the test of time. You might be looking for a few more details, though. That’s where we come in.

At Boucher Hyundai of Janesville, we’ve put together this comparison to help drivers in Janesville, Beloit, Whitewater, and Fort Atkinson, WI, choose which car will better fit their lifestyle. Let’s jump in!



201 HP | 201 HP
Elantra vs Forte


33 city /42 hwy | 31 city /41 hwy
Elantra vs Forte


40.6" | 38.8"
Elantra vs Forte
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Hyundai Elantra compares to the Kia Forte.
Hyundai Elantra

Right off the bat, the 2023 Hyundai Elantra and the 2023 Kia Forte compare quite closely, with both models offering two available powertrains. Each vehicle provides a peppy performance to energize your early commutes. However, the Elantra allows you to go the extra mile.

Powered Up

Among the lineup in the Elantra is a powerful available 1.6L 4-cylinder engine that produces up to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque at peak performance. The Forte offers an identical available powertrain with the same outputs.

Similarly, the standard engines found on these two sedans are the same: a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that will arm you with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque.

Miles to Go

However, these two cars are not created equal in terms of efficiency. Despite their engine similarities, the Elantra gets a boost by earning an EPA-estimated 33 city/42 highway MPG with the base engine.*

The Forte, on the other hand, makes a valiant effort to keep up with the Elantra with its EPA-estimated 31 city/41 highway MPG rating. However, with more city and highway miles available with the Elantra, it will be easier to avoid frequent fill-ups than with the Forte.

Hyundai Elantra

Nowadays, cars do so much more to help you feel safe while you’re driving. The Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte are no exceptions. They offer a bevy of similar safety features that will help put your mind at ease and keep your vehicle within your intended lane.

Peace of Mind

These vehicles offer standard features that include:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

These features keep you alert on the road, notify you when an action is required, and enforce protective measures when necessary.

Taking More Safety Precautions

The Elantra offers standard features that are only available as options on the Kia Forte, the most impressive being Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist. With cameras expertly placed in traditional blind spots, you’ll always see everything around your sedan. Also, the system will alert you if you get too close to another vehicle.

While these systems are available on higher trims of the Kia Forte, they aren’t standard or available on the base trim.

Hyundai Elantra

Interior space and design allow drivers to feel comfortable no matter how long the duration of the drive. Both the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte are built with roomy cabins and cozy seating so all passengers on board can kick back and enjoy the ride.

Take a Seat

Every drive will be comfortable with these two models. The Elantra and the Forte offer spacious interiors that will satisfy passengers of all ages and sizes.

Hyundai Elantra
Kia Forte
Headroom (front/rear) 40.6 inches/37.3 inches 38.8 inches/37.5 inches
Legroom (front/rear) 42.3 inches/38 inches 42.2 inches/35.7 inches
Shoulder room (front/rear) 56.5 inches/55.6 inches 56.1 inches/55.3 inches
Hip room (front/rear) 53.4 inches/50.5 inches 53 inches/51.1 inches

Want to take bumping elbows and stepping on toes out of the equation? Choose the Hyundai Elantra! As the chart above shows, this sedan offers more headroom and legroom for front- and rear-seat passengers alike.

Cozy Cabin

Inside the Elantra and the Forte are cloth-trimmed seats, which cradle you as you meander through life. Both models feature 6-way adjustable driver’s seats, so tall or small drivers can find their sweet spot. Plus, heated and ventilated seats are available in both sedans to help you warm up or cool down.

Want a more premium cabin experience? Enjoy available leather-trimmed seats in the Hyundai! The Kia also takes a synthetic leather route with its available SynTex seating material.

Which Sedan Will You Choose?
Hyundai Elantra

If you’re looking for a car with excellent fuel economy, standard safety features, and plenty of interior space, the 2023 Hyundai Elantra will be the better fit for your drives around Janesville, Beloit, Whitewater, or Fort Atkinson, WI.

Ready for a test drive? Schedule one with our team at Boucher Hyundai of Janesville today!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Elantra for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

*2023 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/42 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2023 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 30 City/40 Hwy/34 Combined MPG. 2023 ELANTRA N Line 7-speed DCT: 28 City/36 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

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