Compare Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic

Compare the Kia Forte against the Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic. Use this tool to compare rankings and see how the Forte, Elantra and Civic stack up against each other in terms of performance, features, safety prices and more. Then use our Best Price Program by selecting the trims you are interested in to see local prices and get a great deal on a new Forte, Elantra and Civic. If you are interested in used cars you can also search used listings in your area.

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2011 Kia Forte 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Honda Civic
2011 Kia Forte 2011 Hyundai Elantra 2011 Honda Civic
4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Man LX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto LX
  • 5dr HB Man EX
  • 2dr Cpe Man EX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto EX
  • 5dr HB Auto EX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto EX
  • 5dr HB Man SX
  • 2dr Cpe Man SX
  • 4dr Sdn Auto SX
  • 5dr HB Auto SX
  • 2dr Cpe Auto SX
4dr Sdn Man GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Man GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Auto GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Auto Ltd (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*
  • 4dr Sdn Auto Ltd (Alabama Plant)
DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Manual Coupe
  • DX Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Coupe
  • DX-VP Manual Sedan
  • DX Automatic Sedan
  • DX-VP Automatic Sedan
  • LX Manual Coupe
  • LX Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Coupe
  • LX-S Manual Sedan
  • LX Automatic Sedan
  • LX-S Automatic Sedan
  • EX Manual Coupe
  • EX Manual Sedan
  • EX Automatic Coupe
  • EX Automatic Sedan
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan
  • Si Manual Coupe
  • EX Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Summer Tires
  • EX Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan
  • Si Manual Sedan with Summer Tires
  • EX-L Automatic Coupe with Navigation
  • EX-L Automatic Sedan with Navigation
  • Si Manual Coupe with Navigation
  • Si Manual Sedan with Navigation
  • GX Natural Gas Vehicle Automatic Sedan


MSRP $14,995 $14,945 $15,805
Invoice $14,700 $14,536 $14,571
Avg. Paid $9,786 $11,799 $10,912

U.S. News Scores

Overall 8.5 8.4 8.4
Critics' Rating 8.8 9.3 9.6
Performance 7.9 8.4 8.5
Interior 8.6 8.8 8.2
Cost to Own 9.6 9.4 9.4
Safety 9.0 10.0 8.5
Reliability 3.5 2.5 3.0

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy ratings
  • Strong list of tech features
  • Good cargo space for its size
  • Great fuel economy
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Class-exclusive available heated rear seats
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Good gas mileage
  • Good reliability score
  • Low reliability score
  • Engine could be more powerful
  • Lower safety scores than top competitors
  • Small trunk
  • Few standard interior features

General Specs

Transmission Manual Manual Manual
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas I4 2.0L/122 Gas I4 1.8L/110 Gas I4 1.8L/110
MPG 25 City / 34 Hwy 28 City / 38 Hwy 26 City / 34 Hwy



Body Style 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan 4 Door Sedan


Wheelbase(in) 104.3 106.3 106.3
Length, Overall (in) 178.3 178.3 177.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 69.9 69.9 69.0
Height, Overall (in) 57.5 56.5 56.5

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Rear Spoiler Optional Optional


Base Curb Weight (lbs) 2729 2661 (est) 2630

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Optional
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Optional
Compact Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Optional
Wheel Locks Optional Optional
Steel Wheels Standard Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard Standard Standard


Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard
Cruise Control Optional
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard
Fog Lamps Optional
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Front Reading Lamps Standard
Remote Engine Start Optional
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel Optional
Trip Computer Standard
Remote Trunk Release Standard Standard
Universal Garage Door Opener Optional Optional
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Optional Optional
Keyless Entry Standard
Power Door Locks Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional Optional Optional
Heated Mirrors Standard
Power Driver Mirror Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard


Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 96.8 95.6 90.9
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 40.0 39.4
Front Leg Room (in) 43.3 43.6 42.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 55.7 55.9 53.7
Front Hip Room (in) 53.0 53.5 51.9
Second Head Room (in) 37.6 37.1 37.4
Second Leg Room (in) 35.0 33.1 34.6
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.7 54.8 52.4
Second Hip Room (in) 53.3 52.7 51.0
Trunk Volume (cu. ft.) 14.7 14.8 12.0


AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Optional
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Changer Optional
CD Player Standard Standard Optional
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard Standard Optional

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Optional

Navigation & Communication

Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard


Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard



Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag On/Off Switch Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard


4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard
Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard
Emergency Trunk Release Standard Standard Standard


Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard Standard
Engine Type Gas I4 Gas I4 Gas I4
Displacement 2.0L/122 1.8L/110 1.8L/110
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 156 @ 6200 148 @ 6500 140 @ 6300
Torque (Net @ RPM) 144 @ 4300 131 @ 4700 128 @ 4300
Transmission Manual Manual w/OD Manual
Turning diameter 33.9 34.8 34.8


Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 25 28 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 34 38 34
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 13.7 12.8 13.2


Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut MacPherson Strut MacPherson strut
Suspension Type - Rear Torsion Beam Torsion Axle Multi-link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs


Manual Standard Standard Standard
5-Speed Manual Standard
6-Speed Manual Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.