Drivers in the market for a compact car know how tough it can be to find the advanced technology features often found on midsize or full-size cars, but the 2017 Kia Forte breaks that trend. Not only does it offer a wide variety of technology features and options, but it also feels especially roomy on the inside and has better warranty coverage than many of its competitors.
So what other features and specifications set the 2017 Kia Forte apart from the rest of its competitive class? We’re putting it to the test with a head-to-head comparison against one of its biggest rivals: the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Continue reading to learn more about the features and specifications that come both standard and available on both vehicles!
2017 Kia Forte
2017 Hyundai Elantra
||Base Trim MSRP
|2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder
||Base Engine Specs
||2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder
|96.2 cubic feet
||95.8 cubic feet
|14.9 cubic feet
||14.4 cubic feet
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra comes in five trim levels: SE, Value, Eco, Sport and Limited. Three transmission options are available: a manual, an automatic and a dual clutch. All trims come standard with comfort and convenience features such as power windows and door locks, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jack, and a trip computer. Standard safety features include a driver’s blind spot mirror, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, the Traction Control System, the Anti-lock Braking System, Brake Assist, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution.
The 2017 Kia Forte comes in three trim levels: LX, S and EX. Two engine options are available: a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder Atkinson Cycle engine that generates 147 horsepower and a 2.0-liter DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine that kicks out 160 horsepower, which is more powerful than any of the 2017 Elantra’s engine options. Not only do all trims offer more passenger space and cargo volume than the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, but the 2017 Forte also comes with additional standard features such as Blueooth® connectivity, steering-wheel mounted phone and audio controls, and illuminated vanity mirrors. The S and EX trims also come standard with advanced features such as Push Button Start, a rear camera display, a 7-inch touchscreen display with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The S and EX trims also come standard with a 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, whereas the 2017 Hyundai Elantra’s highest trim only offers 6-way power adjustments. Standard safety features for all trim levels include dual front advanced airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, 3-point safety belts for all seating positions, the Anti-Lock Braking System, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Traction control, Electronic Brake-Force Distribution, Brake Assist, Hill Start Assist Control, the LATCH System, the Tire Pressure Monitoring System and an impact-absorbing steering column. Looking for more advanced safety features? No problem! Available safety features include Blind Spot Detection with Lane-Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, the Lane Departure Warning System, the Lane Keep Assist System, the Forward Collision Warning System and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection.
Car shoppers with additional questions about the 2017 Kia Forte are encouraged to contact a member of our team at Motion Kia. Those ready to get behind the wheel to experience all the 2017 Forte has to offer can schedule an obligation-free test drive online or stop right in and see us at our location in Budd Lake.