2017 Kia Forte vs. 2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Kia Forte Grey

Kia Forte

2017 Hyundai Elantra Gray

Hyundai Elantra

In many ways, the 2017 Kia Forte and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra are quite similar sedans, featuring two of the same powertrain options and a number of similar standard features across the lineup. In some important areas like starting price, powertrain options, and interior space, though, the new Forte has the edge. Before you make your decision on your next compact sedan, check out this comparison guide. If you like what you see, then make your way to check out the new Forte at Commonwealth Kia, your Lowell and Haverhill area Kia dealership in Lawrence, MA.


Most compact sedan shoppers are looking to save money. Here, the Kia Forte takes the win:

  • Kia Forte – MSRP from $16,600
  • Hyundai Elantra – MSRP from $17,150

Passenger and Cargo Space

The Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra are both compact sedans that come with seating for up to five passengers, but the 2017 Forte bests the Elantra in terms of passenger room and cargo space:

  • Kia Forte – The total interior volume of the Kia Forte is a surprisingly roomy 111.1 cubic feet, making it quite spacious for a compact sedan. In the trunk, you’ll also have a generous 14.9 cubic feet to store all of your gear.
  • Hyundai Elantra – The Elantra’s total interior volume comes in under the Forte’s at 110.2 cubic feet. The trunk is smaller as well, with a total volume of 14.4 cubic feet for luggage.

Powertrain Options

The Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra are offered with similar powertrain options, including a 2.0L four-cylinder base engine that makes 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, as well as a range-topping turbocharged 1.6L inline-four engine that’s good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The Kia Forte is also offered with two other engines, including a different 2.0L inline-four engine that makes 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque and another, specially tuned version of the 2.0L four-cylinder engine that makes 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. The only other engine option on the Elantra is a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder that only gets 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.

Get More for Your Money with the 2017 Kia Forte

The 2017 Kia Forte is a more accessibly priced model for drivers in Salem and North Andover, but it also gets you a whole lot more. Whether this is your first time checking out a Kia or you’re a satisfied returning customer, the team at Commonwealth Kia invites you to stop by our dealership today to take the new Forte for a test drive. We’re located at 2 Commonwealth Dr. in Lawrence, MA, just across the river from Lawrence Municipal Airport off of I-495 and a short drive from Methuen. Contact us for more information at (978) 685-3400. We’re open every day of the week!