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Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Kia Forte

2016 Kia Forte
$440
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Hyundai Elantra

2016 Hyundai Elantra
$442
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

Excellent

The Kia Forte Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 6th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $440 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is average and the frequency of those issues is low, so major repairs are uncommon for the Forte.

Excellent

The Hyundai Elantra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Elantra is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$440
inexpensive
very expensive
$442
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.2
not often
way too often
0.2
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
minor issues
major issues
10%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(4 Reviews)
(75 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(2)
4 star
(2)
3 star
(0)
2 star
(0)
1 star
(0)

The Kia Forte ranks highest in body and ranks lowest in electrical.

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“Love this car! I don't see many others on the road and I know I know a secret no one else knows - because my Kia is the best on the road. I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's one of the most c...”

Rating Details
5 star
(10)
4 star
(36)
3 star
(21)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(2)

The Hyundai Elantra ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“DON'T BUY IT WILL REGRET IT. at least the 2016 one”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra are two very similar compact four-door sedans. Both come with front-wheel drive. Each is made by a division of Hyundai-Kia, Korea’s largest automaker. 

These two cars have identical standard and optional engines. Both the Forte and Elantra put out 147 horsepower standard, with options up to 201 horses.

In a comparison of cargo space and trunk room, there are very minor differences, which can be chalked up to the minor styling differences between the Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra. The Forte has 96.2 cubic feet of interior space, compared to the Elantra’s 95.8 cubic feet. In the trunk, the Forte has 14.9 cubic feet of room, and the Elantra gives you 14.4 cubic feet.

The Forte and the Elantra each come with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, one of the best in the business.

Choosing between the Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra really comes down to mostly subjective judgments. Do you prefer the exterior styling, the interior design, or a paint color of one over the other? Or maybe one brand has a dealer that’s better or more convenient. Check out your options and get whichever you prefer.

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