Friday, July 01, 2016

2017 Kia Forte vs Hyundai Elantra

If you’re a fan of Korean cars, then two decent compact nameplates have updated for 2017. They’re not that different in terms of pricing so other aspects take center stage in the dilemma between the Kia Forte ($16,500) and Hyundai Elantra ($17,150).

Powering the Forte is a 2.0L Atkinson-cycle engine that takes over from the 1.8L four-cylinder block in the 2016 model. But has power or fuel economy improved? Well, not really.
Output remains pretty much unchanged at 147hp and 132lb-ft torque. The engine is mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or a new six-speed auto that’s more efficient. Fuel economy remains unchanged at 32mpg combined.
Guess what – the new Hyundai Elantra uses the exact same 2.0L engine as the Forte, throwing out the same 1.8L unit that it previously shared with the Forte as well.
2017 Hyundai Elantra
2017 Hyundai Elantra
Yes, the two six-speed transmissions (auto is the optional one) are also shared between both vehicles. As such, output and fuel economy are equal on the Forte and Elantra. If you want something different, go for the Elantra Eco which uses a 1.4L turbo-four worth 128hp, 156lb-ft torque, and 35mpg combined.
So the only thing separating these two are looks. It is quite obvious that the Elantra is superior in this department, with a design language that sits closer to the Genesis premium brand.
That’s why it’s more expensive, though we have to admit that the restyled bumper, reshaped headlights, and reworked tiger nose grille makes the Forte much more attractive than before.

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