2019 KIA Forte vs Hyundai Elantra

2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Kia Forte 2019 Hyundai Elantra
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2019 Kia Forte vs 2019 Hyundai Elantra

Serving Gainesville, GA

With all that it added to the Forte in 2019, you might think that Kia saved the best for last. This year, the automaker unveiled a fully redesigned vehicle with stunning new looks, more power, and more safety technology than ever. As evidenced by the fact that it gets nearly five-star reviews across the board from consumer reviews on Edmunds, it’s apparent that people who buy the Forte are quite happy with their purchase. The inclusion of these features and conveniences were enough to propel the 2019 Forte to the #2 spot in compact cars on US News & World Report. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra also gets a refreshed appearance for 2019. However, its critic and consumer reviews are lower overall than what the Forte gets. One of its main areas of weakness is performance, which is an area where the Kia Forte shines. When you’re comparing the overall cost of each, the Hyundai doesn’t offer as much value as the Forte, either.


In 2019, the Kia Forte arrives on the scene with a modernized appearance that distinguishes it from past model years but doesn’t make it look too eccentric. Its rounded edges, narrowed mesh grille, and elongated front headlights hold universal appeal. The wheels, which range from 15 to 17 inches, have a distinct alloy finish that gives the sedan a glamorous and polished look. The Forte comes standard with daytime running lights, while the upper-level trims get LED lights all around. Auto light control, an innovative feature, puts you in control of programming the headlights to come on based on the amount of sunlight. Along with the standard paint colors, the Forte is offered in a premium black paint on all trims. It is also available in a premium white or bold orange at the top trim level. While the Hyundai gets an exterior modification this year, its style is not for everyone. Some say that the grille, which has been extended, is too prominent on the 2019 model. The trapezoidal headlights and angular lines give it a more chiseled look, but its appearance is more race-track ready than luxurious. Furthermore, it lacks the option to set the headlights based on real-time lighting conditions.


Many people today want vehicles that come with enhanced safety features, and manufacturers are eager to supply just that. As such, you can expect the 2019 Forte to come with premium safety features that are standard to all trim levels. Some of the safety features that are standard for the new Forte are only available on the higher trims of the Elantra. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) voted the 2019 KIA Forte as a Top Safety Pick +, which shows that the car’s drivers will enjoy numerous safety features. The new Hyundai Elantra also comes with enhanced safety features although the new Forte outshines it in this category. The 2019 KIA Forte comes with a cruise control as a standard feature even for the lower trams while the Elantra features this feature as an option for lower level trims and standard for higher trims only.


The 2019 Kia Forte is also tough to beat in the category of value. For all the tech features, standard safety equipment, and interior amenities like a standard eight-inch infotainment system, a driver’s display, and dual-zone climate control, the price tag attached is very customer-friendly. Even the top trim, called the EX, adds on premium features like leather seats that are also heated and ventilated, a leather-wrapped wheel, and a leather-wrapped gear shifter for a total cost that is below what many of its competitors provide. With the Elantra, you can get many of these same features, but you’ll have to pay a premium for them. The highest trim level of the Elantra sells for several thousand dollars below what you’ll get the Forte for.


The 2019 Kia Forte also excels in the area of performance. The Forte is powered by a 2.0L gasoline engine with four cylinders and 16 valves that produces up to 147 HP at 6,200 RPM. It also has continuously variable valves to enhance engine performance. The Hyundai, in contrast, has a base engine that is much slower than others in its class. This makes it feel sluggish and lacks the peppy drive that others offer, including the Forte.

You can read about the differences between the Forte and the Elantra, but the only way to see how they compare is to try them yourself. Fortunately, we let you do just that at our dealership. Feel free to contact us by phone or through our website at your convenience to see how the Forte stands out.

* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition. These estimates reflect EPA’s revised coefficients beginning with some 2017 models.