2019 Hyundai Elantra vs Kia Forte

With their budget-ready price tags and impressive array of modern features, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte are ready to go head-to-head for your attention. Which sedan will prevail? Our comparison guide has the answers you seek.

The Upscale Edge: 2019 Hyundai Elantra

Wallet-friendly price tag aside, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra cabin gives you a real taste of luxury. It's definitely the economy sedan for drivers interested in the details. Inside, you'll find high-quality materials and a tight finish. The Kia Forte also puts an emphasis on thriftiness and quality, though the cabin doesn't feel quite as refined.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Interior

Comfiest, Quietest Cabin: 2019 Hyundai Elantra

In addition to its handsome fit and finish, the Elantra is the more road-trip friendly of the pair. The seats strike that coveted balance of cushy and supportive, which is exactly what you need on long trips. Ride comfort is also impressive; the Elantra handily soaks up bumps in the road. And, of course, the cabin stays quiet in the face of wind and road noise.

One of the Forte's high points is also its seating comfort. No matter how far you have to travel, you'll always enjoy impressive support. Compared to the Elantra, though, the Kia Forte does feel a little stiff. The ride isn't as refined, which can subtract from comfort levels.

2019 Kia Forte  Technology

Savviest Tech Lineup: 2019 Kia Forte

Hyundai and Kia are closely related, which means there's a lot of overlap in terms of tech features. The Forte has the edge, however, because this Kia comes standard with a very desirable infotainment lineup. Every Forte gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Just connect your phone to the system, and apps like maps, phone, and messages pop up on your 8-inch central touchscreen.

The Forte even keeps an electronic eye peeled for danger. Every trim features forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, which can spring into action whenever necessary. Also standard is lane keeping assist technology. Should you stray outside the lines, this gear gently guides you back to safety.

All of this gear-from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to automatic emergency braking-is available on the Elantra. It's just not standard equipment. You have to upgrade to the midgrade SEL trim for this street-smart gear.

2019 Hyundai Elantra on the Road

Best Fuel Economy: It's a Tie!

Both the 2019 Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte earn up to 35 mpg combined. When you break it down, their numbers differ ever-so-slightly. The Elantra earns up to 32 city and 40 highway mpg. The Kia Forte maxes out at 31 city and 41 highway mpg. The Elantra is a little better around town, and the Kia is a little better on the highway. For most drivers, the odds are pretty even.

We admit that the 2019 Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte have plenty of common ground. But-and this is a big but-we'd definitely put the Elantra at the top of our wish list. This sedan is pretty thrifty and tech-savvy, but it's also the comfiest, quietest, and most stylish of the pair. We think you'll agree that the Elantra gives you the best deal on a classy ride to work.