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2017 Kia Forte5 vs Hyundai Elantra GT

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Compact cars, like the 2017 Kia Forte5 and Hyundai Elantra GT, are fuel efficient first and foremost, but they're also tech-savvy and surprisingly spacious. But which of these two models saves you the most on gas? Which one gets you through your daily commute in complete comfort? Read our comparison guide before you make any final commitments.

2017 Kia Forte5 vs Hyundai Elantra GT

Comfort & Style

With its comfortable front seats and a roomy cabin, the Elantra GT gets you and your friends around town with no overlap. The suspension is also tuned for comfort, so you'll enjoy a smooth ride in any setting. Add the Value Edition package and the Elantra GT's leather upholstery and heated front seats surround you in luxury.

The 2017 Kia Forte5 is also incredibly spacious for a small hatchback. Coupled with the fact that it saves you plenty of money on gas (see below), this hatchback is an excellent option for commuters. In the Forte5, you can also opt into luxury features. The cooled front seats, for example, are the perfect answer to a sweltering parking lot. It was tough for the Elantra GT to beat the Forte5, but Kia's suspension tuning can sometimes feel more firm than comfortable.

Technology

The 2017 Kia Forte5 is your pick for cutting-edge smartphone integration features - including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This technology displays oft-used apps, like Phone, Messages, and Maps, right on your central touchscreen. With these items in easy reach, you'll never have to look down at your phone. And, with Uvo eServices, the Forte5 tech lineup even protects you with features like roadside assistance and emergency crash notification.

With the Elantra GT's available Tech package, you can also get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Again, this technology can be a lifesaver for technophiles. However, this sedan doesn't offer emergency telematics, which provide a quick emergency response when you most need one.

Fuel Economy

With its thrifty fuel ratings, the Forte5 is a major draw for commuters and road-trip enthusiasts. It earns up to 25 city/34 highway mpg for big savings at the pump. If you prefer sporty performance, test-drive the optional turbocharged engine. It's the right pick for driving enthusiasts looking for a zesty, speedy ride.

Depending on powertrain, the Hyundai Elantra GT earns up to 24/32 mpg. That's not bad in the scheme of things - especially when you consider its superb acceleration in merging and passing situations. Still, the Forte5's thriftier EPA ratings will add up to plenty of savings in the long run.

Safety

The Forte5 is our pick for safety because it offers a lot of high-tech driver aids that competitors tend to skip. On the highway, the blind-spot monitor detects vehicles that have drifted out of sight, helping you switch lanes without any trouble. The rearview camera displays a wide view of your rear, so you won't be running over any forgotten toys or shopping carts.

Like the Forte5, the Elantra GT is equipped with all the safety basics. Anti-lock brakes and stability control give you increased authority over dangerous road conditions, keeping you from skidding around. Unfortunately, the Elantra GT doesn't offer driver aids like blind-spot warning. However, you can choose to add the navigation system, which helps you find your way home from anywhere.

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The 2017 Kia Forte5 is an excellent all-around hatchback. If it's performance you want, the turbocharged engine delivers a speedy ride. Or, if you prefer, the base powertrain supplies superb fuel economy. Inside, the cabin is roomy and comfortable with tech features, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, giving the cabin a sleek, modern vibe.