2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2019 Subaru Crosstrek

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Safety

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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 Crosstrek 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.

The Corolla Hatchback’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the Corolla Hatchback’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Crosstrek has a metal gas tank.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Crosstrek have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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

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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. Subaru doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Crosstrek.

There are almost 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Corolla Hatchback’s warranty.

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 Toyota vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 25th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 14th.

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

Engine

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The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 16 more horsepower (168 vs. 152) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (151 vs. 145) than the Crosstrek’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek (manual transmissions tested):

Corolla Hatchback

Crosstrek

Zero to 60 MPH

7.4 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.4 MPH

77.4 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Toyota Corolla Hatchback is faster than the Subaru Crosstrek (automatics tested):

Corolla Hatchback

Crosstrek

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

10.2 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

17.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

82 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Corolla Hatchback

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

28 city/37 hwy

Auto

SE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

32 city/41 hwy

XSE 2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

30 city/38 hwy

Crosstrek

Manual

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

27 city/33 hwy

Transmission

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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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer a downshift rev synchronizer.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Crosstrek:

Corolla Hatchback

Crosstrek

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

131 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The Corolla Hatchback SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Crosstrek’s standard 60 series tires. The Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Crosstrek Limited’s 55 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The Corolla Hatchback has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

The Corolla Hatchback SE handles at .80 G’s, while the Crosstrek Premium pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis

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The Corolla Hatchback is 3.8 inches shorter than the Crosstrek, making the Corolla Hatchback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

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The engine computer on the Corolla Hatchback disables the starter while the engine is running. The Crosstrek’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Corolla Hatchback’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Crosstrek has a lever-type parking brake that has to be strenuously raised to engage properly. It has to be lifted up more and a button depressed to release it.

The Corolla Hatchback’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Crosstrek’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

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. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Premium/Limited.

The Corolla Hatchback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Subaru only offers heated mirrors on the Crosstrek Premium/Limited.

The Corolla Hatchback XSE’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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Crosstrek 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 Crosstrek doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Corolla XSE Auto offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Crosstrek doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Model Availability

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The Toyota Corolla comes in sedan and four door hatchback bodystyles; the Subaru Crosstrek isn’t available as a sedan or four door hatchback.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla Hatchback is less expensive to operate than the Crosstrek because it costs $500 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Corolla Hatchback than the Crosstrek, including $113 less for a water pump, $8 less for a muffler, $15 less for front brake pads, $68 less for a starter, $3 less for a fuel pump and $40 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Toyota Corolla Hatchback and the Subaru Crosstrek, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Subaru Crosstrek by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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