2020 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla

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Safety

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In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Sonata are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Corolla doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The Sonata Limited has standard Reverse Collision-Avoidance Assist that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Corolla doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The Sonata Limited has a standard Around View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Corolla only offers a rear monitor.

To help make backing safer, the Sonata SEL/SEL Plus/Limited’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 Sonata 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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available 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, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Sonata its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 79 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Corolla is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Sonata for 1 year and 5000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Corolla (3/30,000 vs. 2/25000).

Reliability

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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.

Engine

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The Sonata SEL Plus/Limited’s standard 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder produces 41 more horsepower (180 vs. 139) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 126) than the Corolla’s standard 1.8 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Sonata SEL Plus/Limited’s 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder produces 11 more horsepower (180 vs. 169) and 44 lbs.-ft. more torque (195 vs. 151) than the Corolla SE/XSE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Sonata’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 22 more horsepower (191 vs. 169) and 30 lbs.-ft. more torque (181 vs. 151) than the Corolla SE/XSE’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Car and Driver the Sonata SEL Plus/Limited 1.6 turbo 4-cylinder is faster than the Corolla SE/XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder:

Sonata

Corolla

Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20 sec

22.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.8 sec

8.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90 MPH

87 MPH

Top Speed

135 MPH

118 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Sonata SE’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.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Hyundai Sonata uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Corolla SE/XSE requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Sonata has 2.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corolla (15.9 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Sonata SE

Sonata SEL

Corolla

Front Rotors

12 inches

12.8 inches

10.8 inches

Rear Rotors

11.8 inches

11.8 inches

10.2 inches

The Sonata stops shorter than the Corolla:

Sonata

Corolla

70 to 0 MPH

167 feet

174 feet

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Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Sonata has larger standard tires than the Corolla (205/65R16 vs. 195/65R15). The Sonata SEL Plus/Limited’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corolla (235/45R18 vs. 225/40R18).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Sonata SE has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Corolla L.

Suspension and Handling

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Sonata’s wheelbase is 5.5 inches longer than on the Corolla (111.8 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Sonata is 3.7 inches wider in the front and 3.5 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Corolla.

The Sonata Limited handles at .89 G’s, while the Corolla XSE pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis

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The design of the Hyundai Sonata amounts to more than styling. The Sonata has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .27 Cd. That is lower than the Corolla (.29 to .3) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Sonata get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space

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Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the EPA rates the Sonata a Large car, while the Corolla is rated a Compact.

The Sonata has 15.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla (104.4 vs. 88.6).

The Sonata has 1.7 inches more front headroom, 3.8 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .7 inches more rear headroom, 10.5 inches more rear hip room and 1.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity

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The Sonata has a much larger trunk than the Corolla (16 vs. 13.1 cubic feet).

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Sonata SEL/SEL Plus/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.

Servicing Ease

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The Sonata uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Corolla uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

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When two different drivers share the Sonata Limited, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations. The Corolla doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Sonata Limited’s standard easy entry system 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 Sonata Limited has a standard heads-up display that projects speed and other key instrumentation readouts in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Corolla doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The Sonata’s power window 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) switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

The Sonata’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. 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. The Corolla LE/SE/XLE/XLS’ manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Sonata’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Corolla’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

When the Sonata Limited 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 Sonata’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.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Sonata Limited keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Corolla doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Sonata’s optional (except SE/SEL Plus) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Corolla doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Sonata SEL/SEL Plus/Limited’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.

Both the Sonata and the Corolla offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Sonata offers optional rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter.

The Sonata Limited’s Remote Smart Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, starting, stopping and changing direction automatically. Remote Smart Parking Assist will park and retrieve your car remotely: press a button and watch it park itself. This is ideal for tight locations. The Corolla doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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