2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Kia Forte Exterior Driver Side Front vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra Exterior Passenger Side Front

Next year, the Kia Forte will be completely revamped as it enters its next generation, but that doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong with the current model. The future is bright, but the present is just as good, and we thought we’d show you just how great the current Forte does by comparing it to one of its biggest rivals. To do so, we’ve pit the 2018 Kia Forte vs 2018 Hyundai Elantra.

As with most of our comparisons, we’ve compiled some data into the table below to show you the differences and similarities between the two vehicles. In this case, the similarities nearly outweigh the differences. We’ll work our way through row by row to highlight the advantages of each vehicle below, so be sure to read on for a more in-depth explanation!

2018 Kia Forte


2018 Hyundai Elantra

147 HP Horsepower 147 HP
132 lb-ft. Torque 132 lb-ft.
28 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 29 mpg
14.9 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 14.4 cu. ft.

Advantages of the 2018 Forte

The first half of the table looks at the two big power specifications that it’s important to consider when shopping for a vehicle in almost any segment. For the Forte and Elantra, it’s a dead heat as both generate 147 horsepower alongside 132 pound-feet of torque thanks to their nearly identical 4-cylinder engines. But that’s okay, we’re not looking at sports cars so an abundance of power isn’t particularly important in this regard.

Unfortunately, the third row shows the advantage that the Elantra does have over the Forte as we move into fuel efficiency. The Elantra manages to average an increase in one mile per gallon over the Forte, which isn’t a huge advantage by any means but could lead to some savings in the long run.

However, the Forte does fire back with a slight advantage of its own in the final row, which looks at cargo capacity. The Forte offers half a cubic foot of extra space in its trunk to fit more luggage and groceries, which is always a nice plus, especially in small cars like these. If you think you might be interested in a 2018 Kia Forte of your own, be sure to get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.