2022 Kia Forte vs. 2022 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra vs 2021 Kia Forte
2022 Kia Forte


2022 Hyundai Elantra
$19,090 MSRP


147-hp 2.0L 4-Cylinder Gas

Base Engine

147-hp 2.0L 4-Cylinder Gas
Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)


Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
Available on Forte GT

Manual Transmission

Not Available
15.3 cubic feet

Trunk Volume

14.2 cubic feet
42.2 inches

Front Leg Room

42.3 inches

Available Trim Levels


Which compact sedan is the better buy: the Kia Forte or the Hyundai Elantra? Compared to the Hyundai Elantra, the Kia Forte offers a lower price at all trim levels, a better-equipped interior, and more cargo space—always a hot commodity in compact sedans. Dive into the details with this head-to-head comparison of the Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra 5-seat sedans from Rountree Moore Kia to decide for yourself!



2022 Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra: Price Range

There’s a price difference of nearly a thousand dollars between the Forte and Elantra base trims. That may or may not be a deciding factor for you as a buyer, but it’s worth noting that this gap doubles by the time you reach the top trim. If you were planning to upgrade with a turbocharged engine, you’ll pay $2,000 more (and then some) for the same 201-hp upgrade. Compare the Forte vs. Elantra price range here:

2022 Kia Forte Price Range

  • Kia Forte FE Price – $19,090 MSRP
  • Kia Forte GT Price – $23,490 MSRP

2022 Hyundai Elantra Price Range

  • Hyundai Elantra SE Price – $19,950 MSRP
  • Hyundai Elantra Limited Price – $25,700 MSRP

Plus, you can save even more on your monthly auto payment with new vehicle specials at Rountree Moore Kia!

2022 Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra: Performance Specs

The Forte and Elantra base 2.0L engines both generate 147 hp, and they even offer identical 201-hp turbocharged upgrades. The Elantra has a slight edge over the Forte in terms of efficiency (a combined 37 and 35 combined MPG, respectively) but you’ll pay anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 more for the Elantra—a crucial difference that may matter to plenty of Live Oak and Macclenny buyers in search of an affordable commuter car. See below for a comparison of the Forte vs. Elantra engines:

2022 Kia Forte

  • Base 2.0L 4-cylinder engine
  • Combined 35 MPG (Forte FE IVT)
  • Available 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine
  • Intelligent variable transmission (IVT)
  • Available manual transmission (Forte GT)

2022 Hyundai Elantra

  • 147-hp 2.0L 4-cylinder engine
  • Combined 37 MPG (Elantra SE IVT)
  • Available 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine
  • Intelligent variable transmission (IVT)

2022 Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra: Interior Features

Even if you choose the budget-friendly Kia Forte FE, you won’t be forced to go without everyday essentials like an 8-inch touchscreen and active safety features. Another notable difference between the Forte and Elantra is the fact that the Elantra actually loses features at higher trim levels: Wireless Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay® come standard on the base trim—but aren’t available at the top Limited trim. The Forte includes the following key features as standard:

  • Cloth seats
  • Air conditioning
  • 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane-keeping assist

If you’re interested in an upgrade, higher Forte trim levels build on the lower trims with premium features like a power moonroof, a Harman Kardon premium stereo, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, heated and ventilated front seats, and simulated leather upholstery.

Test Drive a New Kia Forte for Sale at Rountree Moore Kia

Continue your Forte vs. Elantra comparison with a test drive at Rountree Moore Kia! Once you get behind the wheel of a new Kia Forte, we know you’ll love everything it can do to upgrade your Gainesville commute. Stop by our showroom in Lake City or contact us online to set up a test drive today!


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