Comparing vehicles in the same segment isn’t always easy since they often seem far too similar to be easily distinguished, and compact vehicles (like sedans, coupes or wagons) are no exception. Take the 2014 Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte for instance – they look so alike that they almost seem like twins. Upon closer inspection, however, you can unearth several notable differences, along with pros and cons that can easily sway you in the opposite direction.
We’re here to compare these two compacts to make sure you make the most informed decision possible. Here we go:
2014 Hyundai Elantra
- Eye-catching exterior design with lots of curves, a bulging beltline along the sides and headlights that extend almost beyond the hood.
- Only two engines to choose from, neither of which is particularly powerful or sporty. The best option available is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder that can produce 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque.
- Lower-trim models lack standard features like keyless entry, air conditioning and satellite radio.
- Higher trim levels don’t offer a navigation system or HID headlights.
- Smaller overall size that equals to slightly less space for passengers and cargo in the cabin.
2014 Kia Forte
- Selection of three solid engines, including the most powerful powertrain in the segment – 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that can generate 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.
- Lower-trim models offer standard features like keyless entry, air conditioning and satellite radio.
- Higher trims come with a navigation system and HID headlights.
- Cabin and trunk space are slightly more generous than in the Elantra.
- Exterior design lacks the keen sense of style that the Elantra so openly displays, though it’s hardly bad-looking.
WINNER: 2014 Kia Forte
REASON: Though the Elantra and Forte cost about the same, the Forte is our top pick as far as value is concerned. The Forte’s top engine is more powerful and the amount of features offered on any trim is far greater. Granted, it’s slightly less stylish than the Elantra, but those differences are hardly noticeable.