2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra in Burlington NC

2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra in Burlington NC

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2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra in Burlington NC

2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra

The midsize sedan market is crowded and competitive, and automakers everywhere are looking for new ways to make their models stand out. The 2019 Kia Forte and the 2019 Hyundai Elantra are two of the most compelling entries in this segment, but we believe the Forte has the edge in a few areas. Read on to learn why the new Forte is such a great buy for drivers in Burlington North Carolina.

Burlington NC - 2019 Kia Forte's Overview

Exterior – 2019 Kia Forte

The 2019 Kia Forte has an available CVT (continuously variable transmission). Without ‘steps’ between the gears, the transmission keeps the engine at the optimal speed for fuel efficiency, or at peak performance for better acceleration. There’s no CVT available on the 2019 Hyundai Elantra. For better fuel economy and performance, the Forte comes with an upshift light that works based on conditions and power requirements. The Elantra lacks a similar feature. The 2019 Forte has disc brakes on all four wheels for improved stopping ability and poor-weather directional control. The Elantra has rear-wheel drum brakes as standard equipment. Drum brakes may overheat and delay stops, especially in cars with ABS. In 60-0 testing, the Forte stopped in 127 feet, while the Elantra required 130 feet to come to a complete stop.

Burlington NC - 2019 Kia Forte's Exterior

Interior – 2019 Kia Forte in/near Burlington NC

The Kia Forte has a more expansive trunk than the Hyundai Elantra at 15.3 cu. ft. vs. 14.4 cu. ft. While both models have standard childproof windows, there’s a driver override on the Forte. Stop by our dealership in Burlington North Carolina to see just how comfortable and spacious the new Forte is. The Forte sedan’s standard cooled seats keep drivers and front-seat passengers comfortable, but the Elantra does not offer this feature. On the Forte, the dual-zone climate control allows the driver and passenger to choose different temperatures, eliminating the need to compromise. With the Elantra, you’ll pay extra for the feature, and it’s unavailable on some trims. The 2019 Forte’s auto temperature control feature maintains the set temperature, controlling the vents and fan speed to maintain a consistently comfortable environment. On lower Elantra trims (the SE and the SEL), you won’t find auto-controlled air conditioning. The Forte has standard rear AC vents, while the Elantra only has rear heater vents.

Burlington NC - 2019 Kia Forte's Interior

Mechanical – Kia Forte specs in/near Burlington

The Forte was rated third in the compact sedan segment in J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study, while the Elantra falls outside the top three. Statistics show that Kia vehicles, on average, are more reliable than Hyundai’s offerings. The 2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra: Standard Engine, Fuel Eocnomy, and Eco-Friendliness. The standard engine for the Forte is a 2.0L, four-cylinder engine produces 147hp compared to the Elantra’s 1.4L turbocharged engine’s 128. In EPA testing, the Forte got slightly better fuel mileage than the 2019 Elantra. Four-cylinders with manual transmissions: Elantra 26mpg city/36 hwy, Kia 27/37. Four-cylinder auto: Elantra 29/38, Forte 31/41. The EPA rates the Forte higher than the Elantra in terms of environmental friendliness (5-7/10 and 3-7/10, respectively). Every 15,000 miles, the Forte puts out almost 25 pounds less airborne pollution.

Burlington NC - 2019 Kia Forte's Mechanical

Safety – 2019 Kia Forte dealer

Both the Forte and the Elantra have standard passenger and driver front airbags, side impact airbags, safety belts with height adjustability and pre-tensioning, all-wheel ABS, front-wheel drive, traction and stability control, rearview cameras, rear cross traffic alert, parking sensors, and optional blind spot monitoring. However, we’ve given the Forte the edge because of its whiplash-preventing active headrests, which are standard on all versions. During rear-end collisions, the headrests move forward, minimizing the risk of serious spinal and neck injuries. Unfortunately, the Elantra comes with no such system. Visit us at Burlington Kia to see how the Forte stacks up.

Though the Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra share many features, including platforms and powertrain options, it’s the minor differences that make the Forte a real standout in the compact sedan segment. See our inventory online, fill out our contact form, give us a call, or stop by Burlington Kia to take a test drive and learn about our parts, service, sales and leasing specials. You’ll be glad you did!

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