Which is Better: Kia vs. Hyundai

October 13th, 2018 by

2019 Kia Optima Pair
When it comes to Kia vs. Hyundai, which is the better buy? Both Kia and Hyundai offer affordable, reliable sedans and SUVs. Both automakers are based in South Korea, and, in fact, Hyundai actually owns 33.8% of Kia Motors. Even so, these two brands are still considered competitors. Both have models that rank well among experts and Mascoutah-area drivers. Before we get started, a friendly reminder: Hyundai has nothing that competes with the Kia Soul.

Kia vs. Hyundai: Brand Overview

  • Selection: Kia currently offers a selection of 18 vehicles, which includes sedans, SUVs, minivans, hybrids, and electric vehicles (EVs). Hyundai only offers 13 vehicle options, currently. These include sedans, hatchbacks, SUVs, hybrids, EVs, and fuel cell vehicles.
  • Warranty: Both the Kia warranty and the Hyundai warranty offer a 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty.
  • Exterior Design: Kia vehicles are designed to have a sporty look, that appeals to a variety of customers. Hyundai vehicles are more curvy and flowing. This might not appeal to as many buyers.
  • Technology: Inside if Kia vehicles you’ll find the Kia UVO system, which allows you to connect your mobile device via Bluetooth. Hyundai offers Blue Link in the interior console.
  • Safety: Safety is an important aspect of any vehicle. Both Kia and Hyundai deliver advanced safety features. But, Kia vehicles come with a full range of passive and active safety features to give you peace of mind on the roads of Trenton:
    • Cornering brake control and electronic brake-force distribution
    • Brake assist system and hill start assist control
    • Lower anchors and tethers for kids
    • Tire pressure monitoring system
    • Electronic stability control  and traction control system
    • Front and rear crumple zones
    • Rollover mitigation and vehicle stability management system

Kia Forte vs. Hyundai Elantra

The 2019 Kia Forte has a starting price of $17,690 MSRP. It runs on a 2.0L DOHC 16-valve I-4 Atkinson Cycle engine that delivers 147 hp, and it gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has a starting price of $16,950 MSRP, and it runs on an Inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 147 hp. It gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Kia Optima vs. Hyundai Sonata

The 2019 Kia Optima has a starting price of $22,900 MSRP. It runs on a 2.4L DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine that delivers 185 hp, and it gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg/highway.

The Hyundai Sonata has a starting price of $22,050 MSRP, and it runs on a 2.4L Inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 hp. It gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway.

Kia Sportage vs. Hyundai Tucson

The 2019 Kia Sportage has a starting price of $23,750 MSRP. It runs on a 2.4L DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine that delivers 181 hp, and it gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.

The 2018 Hyundai Tucson has a starting price of $22,550 MSRP, and it runs on a 2.0L inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 164 hp. It gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpgon the highway.

Kia Sorento vs. Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2019 Kia Sorento has a starting price of $25,990 MSRP. It runs on a 2.4L DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine that delivers 185 hp, and it gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway .

The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe has a starting price of $25,500 MSRP, and it runs on a 2.4L Inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 hp. It gets an EPA-estimated fuel efficiency of 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

Kia vs. Hyundai: Which is the Better Choice in O'Fallon?

One of the biggest differences between Kia and Hyundai may not have been obvious at first: we’re comparing 2019 Kia models against 2018 Hyundai models.

  • That’s because Kia aims to get their vehicles in the hands of O'Fallon drivers faster.
  • That also explains the price differences: expect Hyundai prices to jump up above Kia for 2019 models — the 2018 Hyundai Elantra was $16,950 to the 2018 Forte’s $16,800.

In the end, it’s a matter of aesthetics: what feels best to you? Do you prefer the sporty and energetic design of a Kia or the smooth and subtle design of a Hyundai? Do you want to shop at the cutting edge of vehicle features or wait some time before new model years are released?

Comparing Kia vs. Hyundai is really weighing the margins of any two vehicles, but we think that with so much being equal, many of the advantages of the Kia brand outshine those of the Hyundai. But you don’t have to take our word for it — contact us to schedule a test drive today.

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