North Georgia Ford Compares 2017 Ford Fiesta VS 2017 Hyundai Elantra Near Ellijay, GA

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2017 Ford Fiesta

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2017 Hyundai Elantra

Safety Comparison

Both the Fiesta and the Elantra GT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 5 times as many Ford dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Fiesta’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta SFE 3 cyl. Manual gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT Manual (31 city/41 hwy vs. 24 city/32 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Fiesta gets better fuel mileage than the Elantra GT:




Elantra GT



1.6 4 cyl./5-spd. Manual

27 city/35 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Manual


1.6 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

27 city/37 hwy

24 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

The Fiesta has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Fiesta stops shorter than the Elantra GT:



Elantra GT


60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Fiesta’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Fiesta Titanium Five-Door Hatchback handles at .83 G’s, while the Elantra GT pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Fiesta may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Hyundai Elantra GT.

The Fiesta Five-Door Hatchback is 9.6 inches shorter than the Elantra GT, making the Fiesta easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

The power windows standard on both the Fiesta and the Elantra GT have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Fiesta is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Elantra GT prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Fiesta SE/Titanium’s available driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Elantra GT’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Fiesta’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Blue Link can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Fiesta Titanium’s standard rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Fiesta owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Fiesta will cost $435 to $910 less than the Elantra GT over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Fiesta is less expensive to operate than the Elantra GT because typical repairs cost less on the Fiesta than the Elantra GT, including $19 less for front brake pads, $69 less for fuel injection, $48 less for front struts, $41 less for a timing belt/chain and $125 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Fiesta will be $1474 to $4378 less than for the Hyundai Elantra GT.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Fiesta third among small cars in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Elantra GT isn’t in the top three.

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