The Hyundai Elantra is getting a lot of attention. Last year’s award-winning redesign is a head-turner — a compact economy sedan whose expressive styling can’t be ignored, especially for less than $20,000.
But if you’re not looking for something flashy, you might also consider the Kia Forte. It may not have the Elantra’s pizzazz, but it has the same mechanical components under its subtler skin. What’s more, it costs even less. We’ve tested the Elantra and Forte so that we can compare and contrast these corporate cousins, name a winner, and help you decide which Korean compact is best for you. We’ll focus this review on the base engines that most people buy, but we’ll also discuss the two sedans’ other powertrain options. Keep reading as we delve into the details.