Perhaps the most iconic vehicle the brand has to offer, the Corolla has now been around for 54 years as of the new model year. Where the compact sedan segment is concerned, it’s one of the oldest and most recognizable entries, and is certainly one of the strongest competitors in the class. We figured we’d see just how well our little icon measures up to another member of the segment and a fierce competitor in its own right, by pitting the 2020 Toyota Corolla vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra.
A glance at the table above shows you how comparable these two sedans are to one another, and that each has its clear advantages. The Corolla kicks things off with a 22-horsepower lead on the Elantra, which isn’t a massive difference but is certainly sizeable would definitely be recognizable in a side-by-side comparison on the road. However, that increase in power does decrease the Corolla’s efficiency, giving the Elantra its own advantage of 2 miles per gallon combined.
Unfortunately, the bad news doesn’t stop there for Corolla, as the Elantra also has a slightly larger trunk in the form of an extra 1.4 cubic feet of space. However, if you can overlook the slight efficiency and capacity deficits, the Corolla is packed with incredible standard content that is sure to make up for it. For instance, the next-generation Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite of technologies is standard across all trim levels.
If efficiency and maximum cargo space are important to you, then perhaps the Elantra is the way to go. But if you prefer a boost in power, then the Corolla’s superior performance and laundry list of standard features is sure to make a great option for you.