When you're looking for a sporty sedan to take on the roads of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Rio Rancho, NM, there are two options that give you the sports car feel with the sedan reliability: the Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra.

Pitre Kia knows that research is a key way to help you decide, which is why our team has put together this Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra comparison. Read on to see how these sedans do when compared head-to-head.


Exterior Features and Style

How a vehicle looks is an important factor when considering your next ride. Its looks determine your entrance into the world. People will see your car before they see you.

The Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra take inspiration from sporty vehicles with their widebody stances and tough-looking grills. However, the Kia Forte adds an extra splash of style with its sport grille with red inserts, hinting at the sporty power under the hood.

Both vehicles offer practical features, like available LED headlights for greater visibility at night. The Forte, though, also has solar control glass. This glass helps prevent UV light from entering the cabin, reducing heat buildup and wearing of seating materials.


Interior Features

Both the Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra have plenty of room for the five passengers you can take with you. Everyone will be comfortable in standard cloth seats or available leather-trimmed seating.

Each sedan also features standard infotainment systems with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability. Both also start with 8-inch touchscreens, so you can control your tunes, take calls, and more as part of this infotainment system. Upgrades are available to expand these systems to include in-vehicle navigation and a 10.25-inch touchscreen.

However, the Kia Forte offers this upgrade starting with the third trim level while the Hyundai Elantra makes you upgrade to the highest trim level to get this infotainment system option.


Safety and Driver-Assist Features

A key feature when choosing a vehicle is how safe your car keeps you while you're on the go. Both the Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte come standard with driver-assist and safety features, like:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection-This feature keeps an eye on the road ahead for potential collisions with other rides or pedestrians. It can even apply the brakes when needed.
  • Lane Keeping Assist-Using a camera or a radar, this system keeps you centered in your lane. It warns you if you drift out of your lane unintentionally and can even offer steering guidance.
  • Driver Attention Warning-This system detects if you're tired or distracted while driving. If it detects this type of driving, it warns you and suggests that you take a break.

The Kia Forte has an additional feature, a standard Rear View Monitor with Dynamic Parking Guidance, which shows you a live image of the area behind your vehicle with guidelines for parking.


Which Sporty Sedan Revs Your Engine?

Between these two sporty sedans, it's clear that the Kia Forte is the superior choice over the Hyundai Elantra when we compare their exterior, interior, and safety features.

Do you want to see how the Kia Forte performs on the roads of Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Rio Rancho, New Mexico? Contact us to schedule a test drive today!

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