2020 Kia Forte Vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra

Silver 2020 Kia Forte and blue 2020 Hyundai Elantra, seaprated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo.

Within the highly competitive, brutal battlefield that is the modern compact car class, two vehicles from South Korea stand out for both value and style. We are, of course, referring to the 2020 Kia Forte and the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. Both have been noted for providing plenty of features for the money, intuitive tech, and a quiet roomy cabin.

The 2020 Kia Forte is part of the third generation Forte that was introduced for 2019. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is part of the sixth generation Elantra that was introduced for 2017. Both vehicles share some inner mechanical workings as their makers are, shall we say, “corporate cousins.”

But most buyers out there are only going to choose one. So which comes out ahead- the 2020 Kia Forte or the 2020 Hyundai Elantra? Read on to find out.

2020 Kia Forte


2020 Hyundai Elantra

$17,790 Starting MSRP $18,950
147 to 201 hp Horsepower 128 to 201 hp
15.3 cubic feet Cargo Volume 14.4 cubic feet
Standard Forward Collision Warning Available
Available Remote Start on Base Trim? Not Available

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The sporty 2020 Kia Forte excels at performance, especially on its exciting new GT and GT Line trim levels. These trims are fun to drive, providing a satisfying engine sound, pulling back delightfully when you’re on the accelerator, and sticking firmly into corners. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra, on the other hand, feels underpowered on its base offerings, and has been ridiculed for its noisy cabin and slow acceleration.


Both the 2020 Kia Forte and 2020 Hyundai Elantra offer a valuable array of standard features for their price. The 2020 Forte gets standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto both, along with Bluetooth compatibility. The interior of the 2020 Forte has been noted to be nicer than that of the 2020 Elantra.


The 2020 Kia Forte and 2020 Hyundai Elantra both provide their buyers with an excellent warranty. Hyundai is one of the few automakers to match the generosity of Kia in this region. So, for that we must give both automakers a firm pat on the back.