2011 Kia
Forte EX
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Elantra GLS

2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

10.0

starting from

$15,945
"It zips around in city driving with ease, and then is surprisingly robust on the freeway."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the Elantra's handling
"Yet another impressive offering from Hyundai."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the Elantra's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Elantra GLS

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
40 mpg
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Child door locks
Standard
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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good range on the highway
512 miles
2011 Kia Forte EX

10.0

starting from

$17,590
"Respectable clarity and full bass."
edmunds.com | talking about the Forte's stereo
"Its almost Germanic high-speed composure lends peace of mind."
edmunds.com | talking about the Forte's build-quality

Reasons to buy the Kia Forte EX

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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Cruise control
Standard
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Average-sized back seats
42.5 ft3
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OK braking distance from 60mph
132 ft
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty
  • Fantastic basic warranty
  • Both very efficient in the city
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Neither offers a sun roof
  • Neither has a power seat option
  • Neither offers a leather interior
Safety Features - vs -
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Performance - vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
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  • Both have spacious front seats
  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System - vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests - vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Overall 10.0 vs 10.0

Cost

Kia
Forte EX
2011 Kia Forte EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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MSRP $17,590 vs $15,945 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 25 mpg vs 29 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 60,000 mile vs 60,000 mile Fantastic basic warranty
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basic warranty years 5 year vs 5 year Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty

Luxury Features

Kia
Forte EX
2011 Kia Forte EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Safety Features

Kia
Forte EX
2011 Kia Forte EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Unknown vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Not Available vs Standard Keep kids safe in the rear seat with standard child door locks on the Elantra GLS; optional upgrade on the Forte EX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Kia
Forte EX
2011 Kia Forte EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Horsepower 156 HP @ 6,200 RPM vs 148 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 6 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Unknown vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 17.8 lb/hp vs 18.0 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 33.9 ft vs 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Kia
Forte EX
2011 Kia Forte EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 466 miles vs 512 miles The Elantra GLS has good highway range and the Forte EX is reasonable
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Cargo space 19.4 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 55.8 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 Both have spacious front seats
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders Unknown vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Elantra GLS, but the Forte EX will get you around in comfort

Entertainment System

Kia
Forte EX
2011 Kia Forte EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Number of speakers Unknown vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Unknown vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Unknown vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer Unknown vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Kia
Forte EX
2011 Kia Forte EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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0-60 mph 10.3 seconds vs 9.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs 136 ft The Forte EX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Elantra GLS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 17.6 s @ 80 mph vs 17.2 s @ 83 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.79 g vs 0.82 g The Elantra GLS has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average Forte EX
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Forte EX
2011 Kia Forte EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 3 stars vs Unknown

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2011 Kia Forte EX 2012 Hyundai Accent GLS Forte EX vs Accent GLS
2011 Kia Forte EX 2012 Chevrolet Cruze LT Forte EX vs Cruze LT
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Honda Accord LX Elantra GLS vs Accord LX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2012 Hyundai Sonata Limited Elantra GLS vs Sonata Limited
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Kia Optima LX Elantra GLS vs Optima LX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR Elantra GLS vs Lancer Evolution GSR
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Volkswagen Golf Elantra GLS vs Golf

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