2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Elantra Corpus Christi, TX

2020 Forte vs. 2020 Elantra

Compact cars provide a well-rounded solution to a wide range of driver needs. They’re convenient, low-cost options for the daily commute, while fuel efficiency is high and prices are affordable. The class leaders also offer comfortable cabins to make long rides a pleasure. If you’re looking for a compact car that delivers more than the basics, it makes sense to have the Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra high on your list. Let’s compare these two standout compact cars to see which one is right for your needs.

Features and Options

Drivers expect modern technology in easy access in today’s compact cars, and the Kia Forte does not disappoint. Unlike the Elantra, which comes with a display screen in the dash, the Forte comes standard with a responsive touchscreen infotainment system. Critics have commended the touchscreen for its convenience and clarity, and the Forte’s console also sports analog buttons and knobs if you prefer physical controls. Smartphone connectivity is also a standard feature in the Forte via both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These features are only available in the Elantra for an additional cost.

Interior Quality and Cargo Space

With as much time as we spend in our vehicles each day, it pays to pick a car with comfortable seating and ample interior space. It wouldn’t hurt if the interior was easy on the eyes as well. That’s certainly the case with Kia’s signature compact car. Drivers and critics have praised the Forte for its handsome cabin that comes stocked with high-quality materials, from the smooth upholstery to the soft-touch surfaces. You can also opt for attractive leatherette upholstery and Sofrino sport seats, which provide extra bolstering for the most engaging drives. While the Elantra’s interior is by no means lackluster, it doesn’t match the fit and finish of the Kia’s cabin.

The Forte also pulls ahead in terms of cargo space, providing a larger trunk than its Hyundai competitor. From grocery bags to a week’s worth of vacation luggage, the compact car can accommodate all your gear in its 15.3-cubic-foot trunk.

Power and Performance

The base engines of both vehicles produce 147 horsepower, and their various powertrain options and trim levels offer unique experiences depending on what you want from your vehicle. Both compacts are available in sport variations that promise extra muscle under the hood, but the Elantra’s enhanced options still don’t come through with the truly engaging drive like you’ll find in the Forte’s performance trim. The Forte GT runs on a turbocharged 4-cylinder that delivers 201 horsepower, and it can be equipped with either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a six-speed manual for hands-on shifting. The GT’s multi-link suspension, sport wheel, and specialized brakes also work together to enhance its unrivaled handling.

Come See Us at Mike Shaw Kia

If you want to take a closer look at the versatile Kia Forte, come visit us at Mike Shaw Kia. When you come to our dealership, we can show you all the Forte’s strengths and features, and we would be happy to hand you the keys for a test drive.

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