2021 Hyundai Elantra vs 2021 Kia Forte

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

All of these features and more can be found in the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and the 2021 Kia Forte. Both are excellent cars that will stand the test of time.

You might be looking for a little more detail. That’s where we come in.

At McDonald Hyundai, we put this comparison together to help drivers in Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, CO, choose which car will best fit their lifestyle.

So, let’s not waste any more time. Jump in!

Hyundai Elantra vs Kia Forte

Hyundai Elantra vs Kia Forte: Quick Facts

  • The Hyundai Elantra gets up to an EPA-estimated 33 city/43 highway MPG.* The Kia Forte gets up to 27 city/37 highway MPG.
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ come standard in both cars.
  • Both vehicles come with 2.0L 4-cylinder engines that generates 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, as well as 1.6L 4-cylinder engines that puts out 201 horsepower.

Hyundai Elantra vs Kia Forte: MPG

No matter the length of your drives, both the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte get excellent gas mileage. This ensures that you don’t have to spend as much time at the gas pump as you would in other sedans.

However, these two cars are not created equal. The Elantra proves this by getting much better MPG.

The Hyundai gets an EPA-estimated 33 city/43 highway MPG. The 2021 Elantra outperforms the Kia Forte, which gets 27 city/37 highway MPG. For added context, Hyundai’s base model, the Elantra SE, gets better mileage than all six of the Kia Forte’s trims.

Learn More About the Hyundai Elantra’s MPG here!


2021 Hyundai Elantra vs 2021 Kia Forte

Hyundai vs Kia: Safety Technology

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

These vehicles offer standard features, like:

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

The Elantra offers standard features that are available 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 see everything around you at all times. Also, the system will alert you if you’re getting too close to another vehicle.

Paired with the standard Lane Keeping Assist, the chance that you’ll avoid an accident increases exponentially.

Elantra vs Forte: Interior Space

Never worry about being uncomfortable on your drives again. The Elantra and the Forte offer spacious interiors that will satisfy passengers of all ages and sizes.

If you want to get the most out of your headroom, legroom, etc., the Elantra wins over the Forte:


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

2021 Elantra vs 2021 Forte: Verdict

If you’re looking for a car with excellent fuel economy, standard safety features, and tons of interior space, we at McDonald Hyundai feel that the 2021 Hyundai Elantra will be a better fit for drivers around Littleton, Parker, and Castle Rock, CO, than the 2021 Kia Forte.

Ready for a test drive? Schedule one with our dealership today!


*2021 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/43 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/41 Hwy/35 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 6-speed M/T: 25 City/34 Hwy/28 Combined MPG. 2021 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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