2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Corolla Hatchback has standard Whiplash Injury Lessening Seats (WIL), which use a specially designed seat to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the WIL system allows the backrest to travel backwards to cushion the occupants and the headrests move forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard Secondary Collision Brake, which automatically applies the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Corolla Hatchback 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras and available blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla Hatchback for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Elantra GT.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corolla Hatchback’s warranty.

Reliability

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 6 more horsepower (168 vs. 162) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (155 vs. 150) than the Elantra GT’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Corolla Hatchback

Elantra GT

 

 

2.0 4 cyl./6-spd. Manual

28 city/37 hwy

23 city/30 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Manual

 

2.0 4 cyl./CVT

32 city/42 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 4 cyl./CVT

30 city/38 hwy

25 city/32 hwy

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

Transmission

The Corolla Hatchback offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a CVT.

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback has a downshift rev synchronizer that automatically raises engine speed to make downshifts perfectly smooth. This keeps the car from lurching during downshifts, preventing loss of control during cornering. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Corolla Hatchback’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Elantra GT:

 

Corolla Hatchback

Elantra GT

Front Rotors

11.5 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

10.5 inches

10.3 inches

The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Elantra GT:

 

Corolla Hatchback

Elantra GT

 

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

135 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling

For superior ride and handling, the Toyota Corolla Hatchback has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Elantra GT has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Corolla Hatchback has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Corolla Hatchback flat and controlled during cornering. The Elantra GT base model’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

Servicing Ease

A maintenance reminder system is standard on the Corolla Hatchback to save the owner time and money by calculating maintenance intervals based on odometer mileage. This takes the guesswork out of keeping your vehicle in top condition and helps it last longer. Hyundai doesn’t offer a maintenance reminder on the Elantra GT.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Corolla Hatchback and the Elantra GT have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Corolla Hatchback 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.

If the windows are left open on the Corolla Hatchback the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (This window function must be activated by your Toyota service department.) The driver of the Elantra GT can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Corolla Hatchback has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Elantra GT only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Corolla Hatchback XSE CVT has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Elantra GT offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Corolla Hatchback XSE has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Elantra GT doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Model Availability

The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan, four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Hyundai Elantra isn’t available as a four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Corolla Hatchback owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Corolla Hatchback will cost $350 to $1125 less than the Elantra GT over a five-year period.

The Corolla Hatchback will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Corolla Hatchback will retain 51.71% to 51.95% of its original price after five years, while the Elantra GT only retains 44.03% to 45.39%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Corolla Hatchback will be $2544 to $6545 less than for the Hyundai Elantra GT.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Hyundai Elantra GT, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Hyundai Elantra by 52% during 2018.

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