2017 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2017 Toyota Corolla
2017 Hyundai Elantra
2017 Toyota Corolla
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When it comes to compact cars, there are a few key features that make or break a model. Obviously, the smaller size is the main draw of these vehicles. But, there needs to be a balance between that and passenger space. Therefore, interior volume is of the utmost importance. Technology is also important, and so is the overall performance of the vehicle. One of the most popular compact vehicles in this class is the Toyota Corolla, and it’s the embodiment of these important points. For years, it’s been praised as perhaps the pinnacle of compact cars. But, what happens when you pit the newest model against a 2017 Hyundai Elantra? Which is a rising start that’s quickly gaining some attention.
When you take the 2017 Hyundai Elantra vs the 2017 Toyota Corolla, you’d be surprised at just how easy the Elantra is able to usurp one of the reigning sedans in the compact car segment.
Of course, there are plenty more factors to consider besides the performance, interior volume, and technology of a compact sedan. You also want to look at the value you’re getting for your dollar, safety scores and features, as well as the MSRP of each one.
Price: Perhaps the biggest advantage the Elantra has over the Corolla is the pricing. Hyundai has the starting MSRP of their Elantra at $17,150. Whereas the Corolla is starting at $18,500. If you want to get away from the abysmal 4-speed automatic transmission the Corolla has (I talk more about it later) you’ll have to get the next trim up. Which is well over $19,000. Even upgrading the transmission in the Elantra doesn’t make it more expensive than the base trim of the Corolla, just for comparison purposes. It would still be about $400 cheaper.
Value: Combine the much lower starting MSRP with all the optional packages and standard features available, and the Elantra provides way more value compared to the Corolla. Considering whether you decide to throw on optional packages or upgrade in trim level, the Elantra will always be providing more for less.
Safety: While both vehicles received top safety scores, the Elantra sets itself apart by having many more technologically advanced safety features. In this day and age, this type of safety isn’t just something to brush off. With how distracted drivers get now and days, features like blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic alert are a necessity. Two of many safety features the Corolla isn’t able to utilize.
Interior volume is the name of the game when it comes to compact cars. Trying to figure out how to design a roomy interior in a vehicle with a small frame is a painstaking task. But, it’s possible.
For 2017, the Elantra actually gained a single inch in length. Its also slightly wider than the new Elantra. Therefore, Hyundai took advantage of this and decided to increase the rear seat head-, shoulder and legroom. Making the ride in the Elantra’s backseat much more comfortable. Because of this though, the trunk ended up shrinking from 14.8 cu. ft. down to 14.4 cubes. But, it’s still bigger than the Corolla’s, which only comes in at 13 cu. ft.
For total interior volume, the Elantra comes in at 110.2 cu. ft. Which breaks down to 14.4 cu. ft. of trunk space, and 95.8 cu. ft. of passenger space. The headroom in the front is 38.8 inches, and the legroom is 42.2 inches. In the rear, there is 37.3 inches of head room, and 35.7 inches of leg room. Which is plenty to comfortably sit four adults in a compact crossover.
The Corolla has a little less headroom, coming in at 38.3 inches for the front and 37.1 inches in the back. Front leg room is 42.3 inches, and rear leg room is 41.4 The gains in legroom are at the expense of over 1 cu. ft. of trunk storage space. While that might not seem like much — nor would the gains of the Elantra seem like much — every little bit helps. Therefore, the Elantra is able to provide a nice blend of storage space and passenger space, thanks to it’s larger trunk.
Another reason why the Elantra has a huge advantage in interior volume over the Corolla is because of the way it’s laid out. Everything from the seats to the radio knobs are ergonomic, and designed to be out of the way. Helping with a much more roomier atmosphere. The dashboard on the Elantra, for example, is extremely broad. Therefore, Hyundai took advantage of the sweeping and open nature, by spreading out all the controls. Having a more open dash is also much more aesthetically pleasing, rather than having buttons crammed into a tiny space. Which makes it feel like you’re crammed inside the cabin, as well.
Right off the bat, the 2017 Elantra is put at a huge advantage for performance. Why? Because, it offers two engines, whereas the 2017 Corolla only offers one. The Elantra engines are a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. The 2.0-liter is the standard engine choice, and found on most trim levels. Whereas the 1.4-liter is found on the Elantra Eco model. For the Corolla, a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is the only choice. It produces 132 horsepower across the board, except for in the Corolla Eco. Where it produces 140 horsepower. The Elantra’s 2.0-liter engine is bigger, and therefore puts out 147 horsepower. The 1.4-liter found on the Eco trim puts out 128 horsepower.
Surprisingly, the Elantra is able to beat the Corolla in both horsepower and fuel-efficiency. The 2.0-liter engine still manages to return up to 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway, compared to the 27 mpg city and 36 mpg highway from the Corolla and the base-trim automatic transmission. If you want to even tie the Elantra in fuel economy, you’ll have to go up a trim level to get a manual transmission with the Corolla. As opposed to being stuck with the outdated 4-speed automatic it provides.
It just so happens the 2017 Hyundai Elantra currently is one of the most technologically advanced compact cars on the market. This puts the more dated Toyota Corolla in a bad situation, as we saw with it’s older 4-speed automatic transmission. Which couldn’t keep up with the Elantra’s newer automatic transmission, causing it to lose out in fuel-efficiency. Because of this, the Elantra offers several technological features over the Corolla. Including advanced safety features, like the ones I mentioned above – blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.
But, the advantages don’t stop with just safety equipment. While the Corolla and Elantra share many similar technological gadgets, the Elantra gains the upper hand. Such as an 8-inch touchscreen – compared to the Corolla’s 6.1-inch – which can be paired to an available infinity surround sound system.
Driver’s seat memory settings, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, and even more are available on the Elantra, but not the Corolla. While this may seem trivial, gadget lovers are going to prefer the Elantra’s versatile set-up of technological goodies. Compared to the Corollas poorly outdated and rehashed features.
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