2021 Hyundai Tucson vs. 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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Safety

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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.

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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Tucson its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 82 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Corolla Hatchback is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2019.

Warranty

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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).

Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tucson for 1 year and 11,000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Corolla Hatchback (3/36,000 vs. 2/25,000).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Tucson first among compact SUVs in their 2020 Initial Quality Study. The Corolla Hatchback isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2020 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 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 19th, below the industry average.

Engine

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The Tucson’s optional 2.4 DOHC 4-cylinder produces 13 more horsepower (181 vs. 168) and 24 lbs.-ft. more torque (175 vs. 151) than the Corolla Hatchback’s 2.0 DOHC 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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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.

Transmission

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The Hyundai Tucson comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Corolla Hatchback.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Tucson

Corolla Hatchback

Front Rotors

12 inches

11.5 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

10.5 inches

The Tucson stops much shorter than the Corolla Hatchback:

Tucson

Corolla Hatchback

60 to 0 MPH

118 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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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 optional on the Corolla Hatchback.

Suspension and Handling

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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).

Passenger Space

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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 1 inch 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.

Cargo Capacity

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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.

Towing

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The Tucson has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The Corolla Hatchback has no towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 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 Tucson’s available headlights were rated “Good” by the IIHS, while the Corolla Hatchback’s headlights are rated “Acceptable” to “Marginal.”

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.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tucson owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tucson will cost $995 to $2455 less than the Corolla Hatchback over a five-year period.

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 $137 less for a starter, $4 less for fuel injection, $106 less for a fuel pump, $136 less for front struts and $344 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Hyundai Tucson, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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