2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2020 Hyundai Tucson

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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 Tucson 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.

Both the Corolla Hatchback and the Tucson 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 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. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Tucson.

There are over 47 percent more Toyota dealers than there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Corolla Hatchback’s warranty.

Reliability

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Corolla Hatchback’s reliability 31 points higher than the Tucson.

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 Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 8th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Hyundai is ranked 10th.

Engine

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The Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 4 more horsepower (168 vs. 164) than the Tucson SE/Value’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

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

Corolla Hatchback

Tucson 2.0 4-cyl.

Tucson 2.4 4-cyl.

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

4 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.7 sec

11 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.4 sec

6.9 sec

4.9 sec

Quarter Mile

16.8 sec

18.3 sec

17.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

87 MPH

80.2 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Corolla Hatchback

FWD

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

Tucson

FWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

AWD

Auto

2.0 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/25 hwy

2.4 DOHC 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

Transmission

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The Corolla Hatchback offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Tucson doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

The Corolla Hatchback offers an optional continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Tucson doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Corolla Hatchback stops shorter than the Tucson:

Corolla Hatchback

Tucson

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

130 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

133 feet

142 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 Tucson SE/Value’s standard 60 series tires. The Corolla Hatchback XSE/Nightshade’s tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Tucson Sport’s 45 series tires.

Chassis

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The Toyota Corolla Hatchback may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 550 pounds less than the Hyundai Tucson.

The Corolla Hatchback is 4.2 inches shorter than the Tucson, making the Corolla Hatchback easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Corolla Hatchback is 7.7 inches shorter in height than the Tucson, making the Corolla Hatchback much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Ergonomics

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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 Tucson’s standard power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically.

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 Tucson can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Corolla Hatchback’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Tucson Value/SEL/Sport/Limited/Ultimate.

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

Model Availability

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

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Corolla Hatchback owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Corolla Hatchback with a number “8” insurance rate while the Tucson is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Corolla Hatchback is less expensive to operate than the Tucson because it costs $464 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Corolla Hatchback than the Tucson, including $75 less for a water pump, $202 less for a muffler, $5 less for front brake pads and $111 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Toyota Corolla Hatchback, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Hyundai Tucson isn't recommended.

The Toyota Corolla outsold the Hyundai Tucson by over two to one during the 2019 model year.

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