2020 Kia Forte vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra Williamsburg VA

2020 Kia Forte
Features & Specs
2020 Hyundai Elantra
15.3 cu. ft.
Cargo Space
14.4 cu. ft.
Parking Assistance
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Cooled/Ventilated Seats
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2020 Kia Forte vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra

The sedan world keeps getting better and more expansive. Because of the ever-growing number of sedans, automakers have had to step up their game to put out the best possible vehicle. Two of the best on the market are the 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. Both of these sedans have exceptions features and options that set them apart from the rest of the pack, but only one has the honor of being the best. In this article, we are going to compare both of these sedans and declare a winner.

2020 Kia Forte Power & Handling

Thanks to the introduction of the Forte GT, there are now two engines available for the Kia Forte. Most trims of the Forte come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The FE trim comes with the choice of six-speed manual or continuously variable automatic transmission, while all other trims get the CVT as standard. The brand-new Forte GT is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder, which pumps out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque, which pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters. Optional is a six-speed stick shift. Fuel economy is a big plus for the Kia Forte as it can get as much as 41 mpg on the highway.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Power & Handling

There are a couple of engine options for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. The SE, SEL, Value Edition, and Limited come standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, which pairs with an automatic transmission. Eco models use a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 128 horsepower that uses a stop/start function to improve fuel economy. The engine pairs with a relatively smooth seven-speed automated transmission. Finally, top-line Sport and GT N trims use a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder. All engines come with front-wheel drive.

2020 Kia Forte Features & Design

The entry-level FE comes standard with a ton of active safety equipment such as forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance, and driver-attention monitoring. You also get some creature comforts such as a tilt/telescope steering-wheel adjustment, power locks/windows, trip computer, cloth upholstery, air conditioning, Bluetooth, and a four-speaker sound system. Moving up to the LXS adds soft-touch plastics for the dash and upper and center door panels, plus 60/40-split/folding rear seats. Going with the GT Line model brings blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, as well as 17-inch alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel/shift knob, and heated side mirrors. A Premium package adds an 8-speaker/320-watt Harman Kardon audio system, a sunroof, two USB ports, and wireless charging. There is also a GT2 package with a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, ventilated front seats, and rear parking sensors. You also get the option of upgrading to gorgeous simulated leather upholstery.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Features & Design

New for the entry-level Elantra SE is dual-zone automatic climate control, forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and driver-attention monitoring. Other features include a 5-inch infotainment display and 15-inch wheels. Stepping up to the SEL brings a 7-inch touch screen, plus 16-inch alloy wheels, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. The higher you move up the trim ladder, the more features become available. For example, the Value Edition adds heated front seats, sunroof, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Meanwhile, the Limited brings two USB ports, automatic high beams, an upgraded audio system, navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, adaptive cruise control, and drivers-side memory settings. Sport models of the Elantra add 18-inch alloy wheels, flat-bottomed steering wheel, and sport front seats.


Though there is a lot to love about both sedans, we are going to go with the Kia Forte. The engine options have more pep and are fuel-efficient, while the features on the Forte are more plentiful than those of the Elantra. Don’t take our word for it, head down to Williamsburg Kia today and take a test drive! Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is here to answer any questions you may have while also helping you find the Forte of your dreams. Once you have selected one, our financial department will be there to get you the best deal possible. Head down to Williamsburg Kia today and check out the all-new Kia Forte.