2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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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 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Corolla 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, available lane departure warning systems and blind spot 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 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’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. 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 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Elantra Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Corolla’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 has more powerful engines than the Corolla:



Elantra Sedan Eco 1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

128 HP

156 lbs.-ft.

Elantra Sedan 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

147 HP

132 lbs.-ft.

Elantra Sedan Sport 1.6 turbo 4-cyl.

201 HP

195 lbs.-ft.

Corolla 1.8 DOHC 4-cyl.

139 HP

126 lbs.-ft.

Corolla SE/XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

169 HP

151 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Elantra Sedan Eco is faster than the Corolla SE/XSE 2.0 4-cylinder:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.9 sec

22.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.4 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.3 sec

Top Speed

120 MPH

118 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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


Elantra Sedan


Eco 1.4 turbo 4-cyl.

33 city/41 hwy

SE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

31 city/41 hwy

SEL/Value/Limited 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/40 hwy

Sport 1.6 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/33 hwy



2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/36 hwy


SE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

31 city/40 hwy

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

31 city/38 hwy

1.8 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

XLE 1.8 DOHC 4-cyl.

29 city/37 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Elantra Sedan Eco’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Corolla doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Environmental Friendliness

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


The Elantra Sedan offers an available sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is more internally efficient than a CVT but just as easy to drive. The Corolla doesn’t offer an SMG.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Elantra SE/Eco

Elantra SEL/Value

Elantra Sport


Front Rotors

11 inches

11 inches

12 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Drums

8 inches




Rear Rotors


10.3 inches

10.3 inches

10.2 inches

The Elantra Sedan stops shorter than the Corolla:



70 to 0 MPH

166 feet

174 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Elantra Sedan Limited handles at .84 G’s, while the Corolla XSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Passenger Space

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

The Elantra Sedan has 7.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla (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.

Cargo Capacity

The Elantra Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Corolla (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 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 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 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Elantra Sedan’s power window, power lock and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Corolla’s power window (except driver window) and power lock switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Elantra Sedan’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Corolla L’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

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’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 doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Corolla offer available heated front seats. The Elantra Sedan Limited also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Corolla.

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 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Elantra Sedan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Elantra Sedan with a number “1” insurance rate while the Corolla is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Elantra Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because typical repairs cost much less on the Elantra Sedan than the Corolla, including $39 less for a water pump, $43 less for a muffler, $23 less for front brake pads, $86 less for a starter, $101 less for fuel injection, $163 less for a fuel pump and $626 less for a timing belt/chain.


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

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