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The Tucson offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
The Tucson Limited/Ultimate has a standard Surround View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Corolla Hatchback only offers a rear monitor.
To help make backing safer, the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’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 Hatchback doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
Both the Tucson and the Corolla Hatchback have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors, available daytime running lights and blind spot warning systems.
The Tucson comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Corolla Hatchback’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.
Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Tucson 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Corolla Hatchback. 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 Hatchback ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
The Tucson’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Corolla Hatchback’s (7 vs. 5 years).
J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson second among small suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Corolla Hatchback isn’t in the top three in its category.
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 Tucson SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 13 more horsepower (181 vs. 168) and 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 155) than the Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.
The Tucson has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the Corolla Hatchback (16.4 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.
The Hyundai Tucson comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Corolla Hatchback.
The Tucson 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 Hatchback doesn’t offer an SMG.
For better stopping power the Tucson’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corolla Hatchback:
The Tucson stops much shorter than the Corolla Hatchback:
60 to 0 MPH
For better traction, the Tucson has larger standard tires than the Corolla Hatchback (225/60R17 vs. 205/55R16). The Tucson Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Corolla Hatchback (245/45R19 vs. 225/40R18).
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Tucson SE/Value has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Corolla Hatchback SE. The Tucson Sport’s 19-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Corolla Hatchback XSE.
The Tucson has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Corolla Hatchback’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tucson’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the Corolla Hatchback (105.1 inches vs. 103.9 inches).
For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tucson is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 2.9 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Corolla Hatchback.
The Tucson’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (58% to 42%) than the Corolla Hatchback’s (59.4% to 40.6%). This gives the Tucson more stable handling and braking.
The Tucson SE handles at .82 G’s, while the Corolla Hatchback SE pulls only .80 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.
For better maneuverability, the Tucson’s turning circle is 2.5 feet tighter than the Corolla Hatchback’s (34.9 feet vs. 37.4 feet).
The Tucson has 17.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla Hatchback (102.2 vs. 84.6).
The Tucson has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom, 8.3 inches more rear legroom, 9 inches more rear hip room and .6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla Hatchback.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Tucson’s rear seats recline. The Corolla Hatchback’s rear seats don’t recline.
To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Tucson Sport/Limited/Ultimate’s power liftgate can be opened just by waiting momentarily behind the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Tucson’s power liftgate can also be opened or closed by pressing a button. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening trunk.
The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Corolla Hatchback has no towing capacity.
The Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Tucson Ultimate’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Corolla Hatchback’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
Consumer Reports rated the Tucson’s headlight performance “Good,” a higher rating than the Corolla Hatchback’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”
The Tucson’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 Hatchback doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.
Both the Tucson and the Corolla Hatchback offer available heated front seats. The Tucson Ultimate also has standard heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Corolla Hatchback.
Standard air-conditioned seats in the Tucson Ultimate keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.
On extremely cold winter days, the Tucson Limited/Ultimate’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Corolla Hatchback doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tucson is less expensive to operate than the Corolla Hatchback because typical repairs cost much less on the Tucson than the Corolla Hatchback, including $135 less for a starter, $4 less for fuel injection, $105 less for a fuel pump, $144 less for front struts and $340 less for a timing belt/chain.
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