2011 Kia
Forte Koup SX
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Elantra GLS

2011 Kia Forte Koup SX

10.0

starting from

$19,090
"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 Koup SX

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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Average 0-60 time
7.6 seconds
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OK braking distance from 60mph
128 ft
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Average 1/4 mile time
16.0 s @ 89 mph
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

9.0

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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Good city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
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Good range in the city
371 miles
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Child door locks
Standard
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 8.2
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX Winner: Forte Koup SX
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  • Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Forte Koup SX
Cost 10.0 vs 10.0
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  • Fantastically long-lasting basic warranty
  • Fantastic basic warranty
  • Inexpensive
Crash Test Ratings - vs -
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Road Tests - vs -
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Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Overall 10.0 vs 9.0

Luxury Features

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
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 Optional vs Not Available Have your choice of leather or cloth seats on the Forte Koup SX

Cost

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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MSRP $19,090 vs $15,945 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 29 mpg The Elantra GLS has great city mileage and the Forte Koup SX is pretty reasonable
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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

Crash Test Ratings

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Rollover resistance Unknown vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test Unknown vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test Unknown vs Unknown

Road Tests

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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0-60 mph 7.6 seconds vs 9.5 seconds The Forte Koup SX's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Elantra GLS is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 128 ft vs 136 ft The Forte Koup SX's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Elantra GLS is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.0 s @ 89 mph vs 17.2 s @ 83 mph The Forte Koup SX's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Elantra GLS's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.86 g vs 0.82 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
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 Yes 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 Koup SX
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Performance

Kia
Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Horsepower 173 HP @ 6,000 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 Not Available 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 16.4 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 Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
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 438 miles vs 512 miles The Elantra GLS has good highway range and the Forte Koup SX is reasonable
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Cargo space 12.6 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 54.4 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 The Elantra GLS has roomy front seats and the Forte Koup SX is OK
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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 6 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 Koup SX will get you around in comfort

Entertainment System

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Forte Koup SX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Number of speakers 6 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No 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 Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Other Vehicles to Consider

2011 Kia Forte Koup SX 2011 Kia Soul Forte Koup SX vs Soul
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX 2011 Kia Rio Forte Koup SX vs Rio
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2011 Kia Forte SX 2011 Kia Optima LX Forte SX vs Optima LX
2011 Kia Forte Koup SX 2012 Honda Civic Si Forte Koup SX vs Civic Si
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Honda Accord LX Elantra GLS vs Accord LX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Elantra GLS vs Sonata GLS
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Kia Soul Elantra GLS vs Soul
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Elantra Limited vs Altima 2.5 S
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Hyundai Tucson Elantra Limited vs Tucson

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