2020 Hyundai Elantra vs Toyota Corolla

When seeking a reliable compact car around Downey, Anaheim, or Garden Grove, many look for lots of features, plenty of cargo room, and good fuel economy. Two popular options are the Elantra and the Corolla, but which one would be right for you?

To help you choose, our team at Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos created this 2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Corolla comparison. We’ll give you a breakdown of each car’s characteristics, so you can pick your vehicle of choice. Read about them below and contact us if you have any questions.

High-Tech Features: Corolla vs Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra offers a 7-inch display audio system or 8-inch navigation system with high-resolution touchscreens to easily access all your media options. One such available media feature is Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ smartphone integration. This lets you plug in your compatible smartphone to the vehicle’s USB drive and have your music playlists, text messages, and more appear on the display screen.

The Toyota Corolla also offers advanced infotainment systems with its interior. However, navigation is an additional package that’s not included as a standard feature-even with the highest trim level.

But both cars have plenty of driver-assisting technologies to help prevent an accident from occurring. One such feature is Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection (called Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection in the Corolla). If an imminent frontal collision with a vehicle or pedestrian is detected, the system will send visual and audible alerts. If you don’t react in time, the system can automatically apply the brakes.

Interior Space & Amenities

Both vehicles have plenty of space for up to five passengers. They’re comparable in the front: The Elantra offers 40.3 inches of headroom and 42.2 inches of legroom, and the Corolla has 38.3 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom.

The difference really lies in cargo space. The Elantra has a 14.4-cubic-foot trunk to fit grocery bags, backpacks, luggage, and other items. The Corolla, unfortunately, has a 13.1-cubic-foot trunk, so you may not be able to fit all your needed items inside.

However, both cars offer heated front seats to stay nice and cozy on chillier nights. The Elantra even goes a step further by offering heated rear seats to help keep everyone on board comfortable.

Performance Specs

The 2020 Elantra comes standard with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. It has an available 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, too, that puts out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

The engine in the 2020 Corolla, meanwhile, is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder that delivers just 139 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque. The Corolla model’s most powerful engine, the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, only boasts 169 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque.

Additionally, when equipped with a Smartstream® Intelligent Variable Transmission, the Elantra can achieve an EPA-estimated 31 city/41 highway MPG.* Unfortunately, the Corolla can only achieve up to an EPA-estimated 30 city/38 highway MPG, so you may need to stop more frequently to refuel.

Hyundai Elantra vs Toyota Corolla: Verdict

While the Corolla is an impressive compact car, the Elantra has more available features and a better performance. But if you’re still deciding if it’s right for you, then you should check it out in person.

If you live in the Downey, Anaheim, or Garden Grove area and want to get behind the wheel of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra, then schedule a test drive at Norm Reeves Hyundai Superstore Cerritos today!

*EPA estimates for comparison. Your actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle’s condition. Some accessories aren’t available on some models. While the information contained in this website was correct at time of publishing, specifications and equipment can change. Hyundai reserves the right to change product specifications and equipment at any time without incurring obligations. Some vehicles are shown with optional equipment. Specifications apply to U.S. vehicles only. Please contact your Hyundai dealer for current vehicle specifications.