2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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The Elantra Sedan (except SE)’s blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Elantra Sedan (except SE)’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Corolla Hybrid 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available lane departure warning systems.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Elantra Sedan its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 46 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Corolla Hybrid has not been tested, yet.


The Elantra Sedan comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Corolla Hybrid’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Elantra Sedan 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Corolla Hybrid. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Corolla Hybrid ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Elantra Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Corolla Hybrid’s (7 vs. 5 years).


J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai third in initial quality, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 8th.


The Elantra Sedan Eco’s standard 1.4 turbo 4-cylinder produces 7 more horsepower (128 vs. 121) and 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (156 vs. 106) than the Corolla Hybrid’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cyl. hybrid. The Elantra Sedan’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 26 more horsepower (147 vs. 121) and 26 lbs.-ft. more torque (132 vs. 106) than the Corolla Hybrid’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cyl. hybrid. The Elantra Sedan Sport’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder produces 80 more horsepower (201 vs. 121) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 106) than the Corolla Hybrid’s 1.8 DOHC 4-cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Elantra Sedan has 2.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corolla Hybrid (14 vs. 11.4 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Hyundai Elantra Sedan as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Toyota Corolla Hybrid is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Elantra Sedan’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Corolla Hybrid:

Elantra SE/Eco

Elantra SEL/Value

Elantra Sport


Front Rotors

11 inches

11 inches

12 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Drums

8 inches



10.2 inches

Rear Rotors


10.3 inches

10.3 inches


Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Elantra Sedan Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corolla Hybrid (225/45R17 vs. 195/65R15).

The Elantra Sedan Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corolla Hybrid’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Elantra Sedan Sport has standard 18-inch wheels. The Corolla Hybrid’s largest wheels are only 15-inches.


The Hyundai Elantra Sedan may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

Passenger Space

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Elantra Sedan a Mid-size car, while the Corolla Hybrid is rated a Compact.

The Elantra Sedan has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hybrid (95.8 vs. 88.6).

The Elantra Sedan has 2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 1.4 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom, 8 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla Hybrid.

Cargo Capacity

The Elantra Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Corolla Hybrid (14.4 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Elantra Sedan Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited’s trunk can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its trunk, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.


When two different drivers share the Elantra Sedan Limited, the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional Seat Easy Access glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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

When the Elantra Sedan Limited with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Corolla Hybrid’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

The Elantra Sedan’s optional 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 Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

The Elantra Sedan Value Edition/Eco/Sport/Limited has standard heated front and second row seats (second row heated seats optional on Limited) extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Corolla Hybrid.

The Elantra Sedan’s standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Elantra Sedan Limited/Sport’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Corolla Hybrid’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Hyundai Elantra Limited has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Corolla Hybrid doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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


Consumer Reports® recommends the Hyundai Elantra Sedan, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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