2023 Kia Forte vs 2023 Hyundai Elantra

2023 Kia Forte vs 2023 Hyundai Elantra
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2023 Kia Forte Overview

The small sedan is making a comeback in big way, and its vehicles like the Forte from Kia leading the charge. It delivers a superior value proposition in the short term due to its base performance and standard equipment and over the long term thanks to exceptional fuel economy. It arrives for the new model year with refined standard and optional features and new brand incentives. A top competitor to the Forte is the Elantra, and in this review, we compare the 2023 Kia Forte vs 2023 Hyundai Elantra. This is a particularly interesting comparison as the Forte and Elantra are built on the same platform.

Boardman OH - 2023 Kia Forte's Overview

Exterior – Kia Dealer serving Boardman OH

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra and 2023 Kia Forte are similarly sized vehicles. The Hyundai has a slightly longer wheelbase at 107.1 to 106.3 inches. The Forte measures 182.7 inches, which is a bit more than 15 feet, whereas the Hyundai measure a tad more at 18.4 inches. The minimum ground clearance is the same in both case at 5.3 inches. Kia opts for 15-inch steel wheels on its base model and offer 16-, 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels via the upper trim levels. Hyundai opts for 16-inch steel wheels and offer wheels as large as 19 inches, but those are limited to the performance-oriented N model.

Boardman OH - 2023 Kia Forte's Exterior

Interior – 2023 Kia Forte in Boardman OH

Both vehicles are small five-passenger sedans with similarly spacious interiors. The driver enjoys more than 42 inches of legroom in both cases. The Elantra offers a bit more second-row legroom, but the Kia still provides around 36 inches and has a notably larger trunk at 15.3 cubic feet. The standard equipment is similar for both models: cloth upholstery, air conditioning, an 8-inch touch screen and a four-speaker audio system. Kia offers some options that Hyundai does not, such as a 60/40-split folding rear seats, but the available are otherwise similar: dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a sunroof, a wireless charging pad and premium audio.

Boardman OH - 2023 Kia Forte's Interior

Kia Forte Mechanical specs

As mentioned in the introduction, the Forte and Elantra share the same platform. That means that the powertrains available for the Forte are not just similar but the same as those available with the Elantra with the exception of the performance-oriented Elantra N. For the base setup, both automakers pair a continuously variable automatic transmission with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. If you prefer a sportier sedan, then you have the option of the Forte GT and the Elantra N Line. Both have a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine paired with your choice of either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission or a six-speed manual transmission.

Boardman OH - 2023 Kia Forte's Mechanical

Technologies – Kia Dealership in Boardman OH

Both models have an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with a rearview monitor and wireless Android and Apple smartphone integration. The standard suite of driver-assistance technologies is quite robust in both cases. You do have to step up to the Forte LXS to get all that is included with the base 2023 Hyundai Elantra, but as Kia offers its base model at a lower starting price, the cost is comparable. At the upper end of the range, the Kia package is superior and includes some items that Hyundai does not offer, such as navigation-based adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection and cyclist detection for the frontal collision mitigation system.

Trim Levels – 2023 Kia Forte dealer

The 2023 Kia Forte now available at Drive Taylor continues the third Forte generation that was introduced with the 2019 model year. There are four core trim levels to choose from. The FE is an affordable and well-equipped base model. The LXS adds popular features and opens up additional options but only with a small increase in price. The GT-Line is a sportier and more luxury-oriented loadout that offers many additional options. The GT is similar but has a more powerful engine and other mechanical upgrades. The 2023 Hyundai Elantra continues the seventh generation that was introduced with the 2021 model year and arrives with no notable changes. The five core trim levels available for the Elantra are the SE, SEL, N Line, Limited and N.

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