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2017 Kia Forte vs Hyundai Elantra

2017 Kia Forte vs Nissan Versa

Compacts like the 2017 Kia Forte and Hyundai Elantra give you a budget-friendly take on everything from fuel economy to infotainment technology. Since choosing the right model can be tough, we've created this friendly comparison guide. Check it out before you make your final purchase.

2017 Kia Forte vs Hyundai Elantra

Modern Comforts

The Forte's seating comfort is the perfect counter to a jam-packed highway. No matter how bad traffic is outside the cabin, inside, you'll always be wrapped in luxury. Both front and rear seats provide the support you need for long-term comfort. This sedan is also big on cargo space, with 14.9 cubic feet for your picnic supplies or schoolbooks.

Like the Forte, the Hyundai Elantra offers excellent rear-seat space, so you can take your whole crew out on the town, long legs notwithstanding. As far as cargo space is concerned, the Elantra follows closely behind the Forte, with 14.4 cubic feet for your groceries and impulse buys.

Technology

The Forte pleases technophiles with its infotainment setup, which includes complete smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. These features display apps like Phone, Messages, and Maps on your central touchscreen. Now you can stay connected without looking down at your phone. We also like the Forte's central touchscreen, which is easy to understand and quick to respond to your requests.

In the Hyundai Elantra, you can choose between 7-inch and 8-inch touchscreens, the latter of which makes it even easier to hit the onscreen button you seek. The Elantra also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but it's a pay-extra option as part of the Popular Equipment package.

Fuel Economy

Here, the Elantra aims high. Earning up to 32 city/40 highway mpg, it's the compact sedan to beat. In addition to leaving you with more money to spend however you'd like, the Elantra's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission makes for a sporty ride.The Elantra also feels smooth and controlled on the open road, putting a little fun in your highway rides.

The 2017 Kia Forte earns up to 29 city/38 highway mpg. That's not bad in the scheme of things. After fuel costs, you'll still have plenty of room in your budget for beach parking or expressway fees.

Safety

If you're the worrying type, let the Forte assuage your fears with its excellent crash-test scores and high-tech driver aids. In government crash tests, the Forte earned a perfect five-star rating for overall protection. Unlike many other cars in this class, the Forte offers a forward collision warning system with emergency braking. It's optional equipment, but just one successful intervention and the system more than pays for itself.

The four-door Elantra earned four stars for overall protection. It, too, offers high-tech driver aids to help you spot and avoid danger, including lane departure intervention. These are only optional for the line's most expensive trim models, however, like the Elantra Sport and Limited.

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2017 Kia Forte vs Nissan Versa

Both compacts come with an appealing price tag, but the 2017 Kia Forte is much more than just another economy car. Inside, it's comfortable and spacious - even refined. High-tech features keep you connected without distracting you from the road. Besides a smooth performance, the Forte also goes easy on fuel--and the combination of all of these factors make it clearly the better of these two fine vehicles. .