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Quick Picks: 2011 Hyundai Elantra VS. 2011 Kia Forte
April 21st, 2011
Welcome to Quick Picks, where we single out two commonly cross-shopped vehicles on CarsDirect.com and give you our take on which one is the better buy.
In today’s edition of Quick Picks, we’ll look at two up-and-coming Korean compacts that car shoppers just can’t seem to decide between. We’re talking about the 2011 Kia Forte and 2011 Hyundai Elantra. One is a relative newcomer to the market while the other is a compact segment veteran that’s grown tired of living in the shadows of the Corolla and Civic. Both are out to prove that Korean cars are on the rise, but which one is the superior compact?
2011 Hyundai Elantra
It’s no secret that we’ve been talking a whole lot about the 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Maybe that’s because it’s such a breath of fresh air in an otherwise monotonous class of cars. Hyundai pulled no punches when it came to the car’s styling. Drawing inspiration from the Elantra’s big sister, the Sonata, the lines of the car flow elegantly from front to rear—likely the product of many hours of wind tunnel research. The Elantra’s standard 148-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder is powerful enough for most, capable of accelerating the car from 0-60 in around nine seconds. But what really makes it stand out is its EPA-estimated fuel economy of 29 City/40 Hwy mpg. And that rating’s not just for one model of Elantra, but the entire lineup.
By endowing the Elantra with such great fuel economy, Hyundai has set the bar pretty high—leaving Toyota and Honda scrambling to bring their next-gen compacts up to par. But gas mileage isn’t the only thing Hyundai’s Japanese competitors have to worry about. Starting at just $14,830, the 40-mpg Hyundai Elantra’s price is going to be tough to beat. With styling, fuel economy and price point on its side, this once-overlooked Korean compact is finally getting its due. But is it the better buy?
2011 Kia Forte
Still in its first generation, the 2011 Kia Forte continues to be a top seller in Kia’s lineup. Unlike the more flowy lines of the Elantra, the Forte’s styling is sharp and aggressive-looking. This is due in part to the fact that the Forte is aimed at a younger demographic. Not surprisingly then, the Forte is offered in three different body styles, including a sedan, hatchback and coupe model, along with multiple trim options. For the purposes of this comparison, we’ll focus on the less sporty EX and LX models.
Equipped with a 156-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Forte churns out more power than the Elantra. Acceleration apparently isn’t much better though, with the Forte making 0-60 in about the same time as its corporate cousin. The standard Forte’s fuel economy is good, just not Hyundai Elantra good. Rated at 25 City/34 Hwy mpg for manual transmission-equipped cars and 26 City/36 Hwy mpg for automatics, the Forte sips fuel at a steady pace. In terms of price, the Forte is pretty close to the Elantra, starting at $14,995. Although the Forte is a triumph for Kia, we can only pick one winner.
Quick Pick Winner: 2011 Hyundai Elantra. It delivers incredible fuel economy and good performance in a clean, fresh-looking package.