2018 Hyundai Elantra vs 2018 Kia Forte Baltimore MD

2018 Hyundai Elantra


2018 Kia Forte

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Features & Specs

2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Kia Forte

Fuel Economy

36 MPG Highway

34 MPG Highway

Fuel Capacity

14.0 gal.

13.2 gal.




Adaptive Cruise Control

Offered on Higher Trim Levels

Not Available

2018 Hyundai Elantra vs 2018 Kia Forte near Catonsville, MD

There are so many great compact sedans on the market and we know it can be hard to narrow it down to the model that will work best for your lifestyle! This review compares two of the top compact sedan models: 2018 Hyundai Elantra and 2018 Kia Forte. The Hyundai Elantra is an incredibly stylish sedan coming off a total refresh for the 2017 model year. Plus, each model comes loaded with modern technology and convenience features that will keep everyone connected and comfortable. The Kia Forte is also pretty stylish with a refresh in the previous model year. The Forte also offers ample cargo and passenger room to keep everyone comfortable. Keep reading the rest of our comparison review to find out which of these compact sedans come out on top!   

2018 Hyundai Elantra Power & Handling

There are three powertrain options for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. The entry-level engine option is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that creates 132 pound-feet of torque and 147 horsepower. This engine can be paired with either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission depending on the trim level. The EPA gives this engine an estimated fuel economy of 36 miles per gallon on the highway with the manual transmission and 38 mpg highway with the automatic. Eco models are powered by a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that produces 156 pound-feet of torque and 128 horsepower. This engine is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and has an estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg highway. Sport models have a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine underneath the hood that generates 195 pound-feet of torque and 201 horsepower. This engine can be paired with a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission and can get up to 33 mpg highway with the automatic.

2018 Kia Forte Power & Handling

There are also a few powertrain options for the 2018 Forte. The standard option is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 132 pound-feet of torque and 147 horsepower. Power is sent to the front wheels with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is available as an upgrade. Another engine option is a 164 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder that creates 151 pound-feet of torque and is paired with a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. The EPA estimates that this engine can get up to 34 mpg on the highway.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Features & Design

Hyundai offers the 2018 Elantra in a total of six trim levels ranging from a well-equipped base to a downright luxurious model! Standard features consist of a 3.5-inch display screen, 15-inch steel wheels, a six-speaker sound system, front disc and rear drum brakes, a USB port, power mirrors, a rear seat with 60/40 split folding, air-conditioning, and a height-adjustable driver seat! More advanced features are available as you move up the trim level ladder like a rearview camera, a 7-inch touchscreen, driver assistance features, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless entry with push-button ignition, sunroof, Hyundai's Blue Link, leather upholstery, and so much more!

2018 Kia Forte Features & Design

There are only three trim levels for the 2018 Kia Forte. Standard features include a four-speaker sound system, a trip computer, air conditioning, 15-inch steel wheels, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, full power accessories, auxiliary and USB audio inputs, Bluetooth, and a 60/40 split folding rear seat. The only way to get more features is to start adding on expensive packages or upgrade to a higher trim level. Some of those features include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rearview camera, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, and more.


It was a tight race but the 2018 Hyundai Elantra definitely comes out on top! To start with the Elantra's entry-level model is equipped with tons more standard features and the base engine offers better fuel economy. Plus the Elantra offers and Eco model for those that are looking to save the environment and save a little more money at the pump! The Elantra also offers a Sport model powered by an incredible engine that the Forte just can't compete with. Want to learn more about the 2018 Hyundai Elantra? Give our full review (linked below) a read. You can also give our sales department a call at 443-244-4877 to schedule a time to see the Elantra in person or just come on down to the lot today!

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