2018 Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra: Top Compact Model

2018 Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra

Have you been searching for the perfect compact sedan to take your daily commute to the next level? You’ve likely considered the 2018 Kia Forte and 2018 Hyundai Elantra, but are you wondering what the differences are between the two? The research has been done for you in the following page created by the team at Hawkinson Kia in Matteson, IL.

For the purposes of this comparison, we will be taking a closer look at the 2018 Kia Forte S, starting at $19,400 MSRP, and the Hyundai Elantra Sport, starting at $19,300 MSRP. If you have initial questions for our team before continuing, call our Kia dealership at (708) 782-5369 .

2018 Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra

Exterior Design

Do you want to be noticed behind the wheel of an attractive new sedan? Complete with body-colored door handles, a chrome exhaust tip, and a rear trunk lid spoiler, the 2018 Kia Forte features the modern design you require. While the Hyundai Elantra includes design elements like projector headlights and a sport front grille, it does not stand out the way the Kia Forte does. Exterior features available with the new Forte include:

  • LED Positioning Lights
  • Locking fuel-filler door
  • Projector beam headlights
  • Available Smart Trunk™
  • Available power sunroof
  • Heated exterior mirrors

Interior Comfort

Both the 2018 Forte and 2018 Elantra seat five passengers, but which model has a more comfortable cabin? The Kia Forte is roomy with 14.9 cu.-ft. of cargo space and 96.2 cu.-ft. of interior volume. The Elantra, on the other hand, only offers 95.8 cu.-ft. of interior volume. The Forte also includes comfortable black sport cloth-trimmed seating, and a six-way adjustable front seat. Additional interior features in the 2018 Kia Forte include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Soft-touch upper door panels
  • Remote keyless entry with trunk opener
  • One-touch auto driver’s side window
  • Multi-functional steering wheel

Engine Options

Do you want to save time and money at the pump with your new compact sedan? If fuel efficiency is important to you, you’ll prefer the 2.0L I4 engine with the Kia Forte S. With up to 37 MPG on the highway, the Forte is far more efficient than the Hyundai Elantra Sport, which only receives 30 MPG highway. Learn more about what each engine has to offer in the table below.

Kia Forte S


Hyundai Elantra Sport

2.0L I4


1.6L I4

147 HP


201 HP

132 lb.-ft.


195 lb.-ft.


MPG city/highway


2018 Kia Forte S Tech Features

Safety Features

Whether you’re commuting to work or running an errand on the weekend, you want peace of mind knowing your sedan is equipped to keep you safe. While both models share key safety features such as a standard rearview camera and brake assist, our experts agree you’ll prefer the modern protection options with Kia Forte. Available 2018 Kia Forte safety features include:

  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Land Change Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Lane Keep Assist System

2018 Kia Forte Special Deals

Now that you’ve learned the 2018 Kia Forte is the superior compact sedan, you can get an exciting deal on your favorite model in our new inventory. Take advantage of the 2018 Kia Forte lease and finance deals available at Hawkinson Kia to drive home in your new sedan at a price you’ll love.

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