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Features Comparison: Hyundai Elantra GT vs. Kia Forte

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Model Year 2014 2015 2015
Model Elantra GT Forte Forte
Trim Base LX EX
Engines (show)  
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
173 hp@6500
154 lb-ft@4700
 
1.8L I4
DOHC-4v
148 hp@6500
131 lb-ft@4700
   
Transmissions (show)  
6-speed manual  
6-speed manually-shiftable automatic
Drivetrains (show)  
FWD
Tires (show)  
205/55HR16 tires
215/45HR17 tires  
195/65HR15 tires  
Audio Systems (show)  
Unbranded, 172W, 6 speakers    
Unbranded, 180W, 6 speakers    
Unbranded, 4 speakers    
Unbranded, 6 speakers  
Accessories (show)  
AC power outletPowers devices with a regular home electrical outlet. Limited wattage: forget about using it to power a blow drier.    
Cruise control
Heated steering wheel    
Power front side windowsOften must be ordered with power rear side windows, if these are available.
Power locks
Power rear side windows
Proximity keyEnter and start the vehicle without removing the key from your pocket.  
Remote appCheck on car and remotely control various functions (remote start, locks, lights, and/or HVAC) from a telephone or computer. Usually requires a monthly fee, though often as part of a package of telematics services.    
Remote keyless entryUnlock and lock the car using buttons on the keyfob.
Remote startStart the car using a button on the keyfob. Interior can be a comfortable temperature as soon as you get in.  
Tilt/telescoping steering wheel, manual
Universal garage door openerHomelink.
Brakes, Airbags, and Other Safety (show)  
4-wheel disc brakesRear disc brakes.
911 assistAutomatically contacts 911 through a linked cell phone in the event of a severe collision.  
Antilock brakes (ABS)Automatically pulse the brakes in hard stops to prevent wheels from locking up, making it possible to brake and steer at the same time.
Brake assistWhen a panic stop is sensed, fully applies the brakes.
Engine immobilizer (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Front airbagsMandatory, in all cars.
Front seat active head restraintsAutomatically move forward when the vehicle is rear-ended.  
Hill start assistApplies the brakes to hold the vehicle in place on an incline. Incomplete data, so only displayed when pricing a single vehicle.  
Knee airbag, driver    
Rearview cameraRearview camera connected to display screen on the instrument panel. Often requires navigation system.
Side curtain airbagsAirbags contained just above the window level. Except in cars without a rear seat usually cover first and second row.
Stability controlSelectively applies the brakes to prevent excessive understeer or oversteer (spinning).
Termporary spare tire
Tire-pressure monitorTwo types: a warning light when a tire is low on air and a pressure readout for each tire.
Traction controlWhen a drive wheel slips, it is braked and/or engine power is reduced, restoring traction.
Cargo Management (show)  
Air-conditioned storage compartment  
Cargo cover    
Cargo mat  
Cargo net
Cargo organizerAbove floor system for organizing cargo.    
Cargo tray
Console with shifter
Overhead sunglass holderUsually part of an overhead console.
Roof rackIncludes side rails and crossbars.    
Storage beneath cargo floorLarge storage area beneath the load floor, often compartmentalized.    
Climate Control and Infotainment (show)  
Air conditioning
App supportTouchscreen and/or voice control over apps that can include online search, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, OpenTable, and MovieTickets.com. Requires connected compatible phone. Fees may apply after first three years.  
Audio controls on steering wheel
Automatic climate control, frontMaintains set temperature in front row. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.  
Aux inputJack for an iPod or similar device. No value because of incomplete data. Will soon be standard on nearly every car.
Bluetooth audio streamingUses Bluetooth rather than a cable to integrate audio device. Requires compatible audio device and/or phone.
Bluetooth cell phone linkEnables hands-free communication by wirelessly connecting a cell phone to a microphone and the vehicle's stereo speakers.
CD player
Dual-zone climate controlTemperature can be separately set for left and right sides of the passenger compartment. Requires air conditioning and does not include its value.  
HD radioHigh-definition radio, which broadcasts a digital signal. Free, no subscription fees.    
Interior air filterFilters exterior air before it enters the passenger compartment. No default value because most cars have them, even in cases where they're not in the official list of features.
Ionizing air filtrationIonizes air to clean it. Might create high levels of ozone.    
Media drive, smallFlash drive with a small amount of storage for MP3 and other audio files.  
MP3-compatible playerAudio system capable of playing discs with MP3 files.
Navigation systemScreen-based navigation system.  
Rear air ventsVents at aft end of center console, in B-pillars, and/or in ceiling.    
Rear defrost
Rear heat ductsDucts under front seats direct heated air to the second row.
Rear wiper    
Satellite radioXM or Sirius. Includes a subscription for three to six months, after which monthly fees apply.
SMS text-to-speech readerConverts text messages to speech.  
Telematics service, such as OnStar, with navigationIn-vehicle security, communications, and diagnostics system plus turn-by-turn navigation (no map display). For 2011 and newer cars often includes a remote app. Monthly fee after the first 6-12 months.    
Traffic informationInformation about traffic conditions. Monthly fee after first 3-12 months.  
USB portOften permits an iPod or phone to be integrated into the vehicle's entertainment system and controls.
Variable intermittent wipersTime between wipes can be precisely adjusted.
Voice control for external devicesGenerally works for some devices but not others.  
Voice control for nav and audioSometimes also includes voice control over climate control system.  
Exterior (show)  
Bright-finished exhaust tip(s)Chrome or polished metal exhaust tip.    
Mud guardsFlaps mounted behind two to four wheels, to protect the body from mud and rocks.
Panoramic sunroofFront glass panel retracts over a fixed glass roof panel. Entire unit covers nearly the entire roof.    
Rear bumper protector
Rear spoilerCan be small lip spoiler or a larger raised spoiler.
Sunroof    
Instruments, Lights, and Mirrors (show)  
Auto-dimming rearview mirrorInterior rearview mirror automatically dims when hit by headlights of following vehicle.
Automatic headlightsHeadlights automatically turn on and off. Includes value of automatic-off headlights.  
Automatic-off headlightsHeadlights automatically turn off.    
CompassWe haven't given this feature a value because it's hard to tell which cars have it.  
Fog lightsLight wide area close in front of the vehicle.  
Heated mirrorsClears ice and fog from mirrors.
Illuminated visor mirror, driverIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
Illuminated visor mirror, passengerIncludes value of non-illuminated vanity mirror.
LED tail lights (optional)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.  
Map lightsFront row reading lights.
Outside temperature display
Perimeter approach lightingArea around the vehicle is illuminated when the vehicle is remotely unlocked.    
Power mirrorsIncludes value of manual remote mirrors.
Power-folding mirrorsMirrors fold and unfold with the touch of a button inside the vehicle. Good for narrow roads and parking lots.  
Spotter mirror(s)Auxiliary convex lens in the corner of the outside mirror that improves view of the driver's blind spot.    
TachometerReports engine speed.
Trip computerReports average fuel economy, and perhaps also instantaneous fuel economy, distance to empty, average speed, and other stats.
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Upgraded instrumentsOnly listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Visor mirror, driver      
Visor mirror, passenger      
Xenon HID headlightsProvide a brighter, whiter light than halogen headlights.    
Seats and Interior Trim (show)  
Front buckets
Second-row 2-section 3-person split bench
Center armrest(s), front row
Center armrest(s), second row
Cooled or ventilated driver seatDriver's seat is cooled; passenger seat is not.    
Floor mats
Folding second row seatsSeat folds to enlarge cargo area. Unless the seat is also removable, it usually folds flat or nearly flat.
Heated front seats  
Heated second row seats    
Leather seating surfacesSeating surfaces are trimmed in leather; other upholstery tends to be leatherette.  
Leather-wrapped steering wheel  
Manual height adjuster, driver seat    
Memory system, driver seat    
Metal pedals    
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat  
Power height adjuster, driver seat  
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seatPower-adjustable lower back support.  
Power recliner, driver seat  
Power tilt adjuster, driver seatPower tilting seat cushion; can take the form of a second height adjustment.  
Upholstered instrument cluster hood    
Suspension, Wheels, and Tires (show)  
Alloy wheels
Electronic systems calibration selectorVaries throttle, steering, ABS, and/or stability control calibration.  
Sport suspension (upgrade)Only listed if not standard on all trims. No value because no way to compare across models.    
Wheel locksLug nuts that can only be removed using a special key. Prevents theft of wheels.

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Option Package Contents

Style Package

Features
Proximity key
Metal pedals
LED tail lights (optional)
Sport suspension (upgrade)
Leather seating surfaces
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat
Power recliner, driver seat
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seat
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
Storage beneath cargo floor
Turn signals on or near mirrors
215/45HR17 tires

Tech and Style Packages

Features
Ionizing air filtration
Navigation system
Automatic climate control, front
Automatic headlights
Rearview camera
Dual-zone climate control
AC power outlet
Panoramic sunroof
Voice control for nav and audio
Traffic information
Unbranded, 180W, 6 speakers

Popular Package

Features
Map lights
Overhead sunglass holder
Turn signals on or near mirrors
Power-folding mirrors
Cruise control
Remote keyless entry
Illuminated visor mirror, driver
Illuminated visor mirror, passenger
Unbranded, 6 speakers

UVO

Features
Rearview camera
Voice control for external devices
SMS text-to-speech reader
911 assist
Bluetooth audio streaming
Media drive, small
App support

UVO Package

Features
Alloy wheels

UVO Package

Features
215/45HR17 tires

Premium Package

Features
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Heated steering wheel
Proximity key
Engine immobilizer (optional)
Perimeter approach lighting
Cooled or ventilated driver seat
Leather seating surfaces
Heated front seats
Sunroof
Power lumbar adjuster, driver seat

UVO

Features
Rearview camera
Voice control for external devices
SMS text-to-speech reader
911 assist
Bluetooth audio streaming
Media drive, small
App support

Technology Package

Features
Voice control for nav and audio
Rear air vents
Traffic information
HD radio
LED tail lights (optional)
Navigation system
Automatic climate control, front
Xenon HID headlights
Dual-zone climate control
Upgraded instruments

Premium Package

Features
Memory system, driver seat
Heated second row seats
Power fore-aft adjuster, driver seat
Power height adjuster, driver seat
Power tilt adjuster, driver seat
Power recliner, driver seat

What Our Members Are Saying about the Available Features of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

2014 Hyundai Elantra GT Available Features: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We purchased this car for $18950 out the door in September 2012. For that price, it has excellent features.
2013 0 Very feature laden. For those who appreciate sheer quantity of electronic features, they will not be disappointed with the GT hatchback. The steering wheel has a high button count.
2014 Hyundai Elantra GT Available Features: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 148-horsepower 1.8L I4
6-speed manual FWD
Few put the features in cars like Hyundai does for the price. Mine is a base model with the Touch & Go package. I still got a better bluetooth phone system than Honda. With automatic contact syncing and voice recognition. Proximity key and push button start, Cruise control, fog lights, 6 speaker stereo with aux/usb mp3 ports, and bluetooth media streaming. The radio indexes my iPod touch quick and easily lets me find the song I want. I also got the auto-dimming mirror w/compass, bluelink and homelink. Many features are customizable such as door lock behavior and speed sensitive volume.
 

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