2018 Toyota Corolla versus 2018 Hyundai Elantra: Clash of the Compact Cars

When it comes to choosing a compact car, there are a lot of great options. Manufacturers offer a wide variety of fuel efficient models to choose from and each has inherent advantages. We took two of these options and compared them side by side to determine which one is the better value. The 2018 Toyota Corolla and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra each have their strong points. Consider this exercise a synopsis of the facts that will help you make an informed decision on which model to choose. We believe after comparing each vehicle in-depth that there is a clear winner. So, read on to find out who wins in this “Clash of the Compact Cars.”

The Undisputed Champion

Toyota Corolla is the Best Selling Car in the World

(Over 40 Million Sold Worldwide as of 2013)

2018 Toyota Corolla versus 2018 Hyundai Elantra: Exterior Comparison

As far as exterior dimensions are concerned, the 2018 Corolla sports an advantage over the 2018 Elantra in the areas of length (183.1 inches to 179.9 inches) and ground clearance (6.7 inches to 5.3 inches). These advantages are negligible and are offset by the fact that the 2018 Elantra is a bit wider than Corolla. In the areas of style, it’s another mixed bag. The 2018 Corolla has historically leaned on rather conservative exterior styling, but in recent years has trended a bit more aggressive with the arrival of the SE and XSE trims. The 2018 Elantra has always sported a bit of a “funky” factor with its styling, but did go a little more conservative with a complete redesign in 2017. As the saying goes, there’s no “accounting for taste” and style preferences are subjective.

Room to Stretch Out

2018 Corolla offers More Second Row Legroom (41.4 in) than the 2018 Elantra (35.7)

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

2018 Toyota Corolla versus 2018 Hyundai Elantra: Interior Comparison

The 2018 Corolla and the 2018 Elantra both offer seating for five in comparable models. Neither holds a distinct advantage over the other in interior dimensions, except in the area of second row legroom. (Corolla offers approximately 6 more inches of room than Elantra). Each model also offers similar equipment packages when comparing trim levels. Just like with the exterior comparison, this segment is too close to call, and therefore a tie.

Dump the Pump

The 2018 Corolla offers Better Combined Fuel Efficiency than 2018 Elantra

(32 MPG versus 29 MPG)

Toyota Corolla

Hyundai Elantra

2018 Toyota Corolla versus 2018 Hyundai Elantra: Technology Comparison

This segment clearly goes to the 2018 Corolla and it’s basically a landslide. The 2018 Corolla comes with more standard tech features than the 2018 Elantra when comparing base models. Elantra does get some points for offering Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions (two features not available on Corolla), but comes up woefully short in the safety technology department. The 2018 Corolla comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense P across all trim levels. This package includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Safety tech like this isn’t even available on the 2018 Elantra until you navigate up the trim ladder to their most expensive Elantra model – the Limited. This is a serious shortfall for the Hyundai model and a huge advantage for the Corolla.

A Little More Room Goes a Long Way

The 2018 Corolla offers More Passenger Volume than 2018 Elantra

(97.5 cu. ft. versus 95.8 cu. ft.)

2018 Toyota Corolla versus 2018 Hyundai Elantra: Performance Comparison

Compact cars aren’t exactly known for their horsepower, but are geared more toward fuel efficiency. The 2018 Elantra does get props, however, for having a clear advantage over the 2018 Corolla in engine power (147 versus 132). When it comes to fuel efficiency, however, it’s a different story. The 2018 Corolla beats the 2018 Elantra in combined city/highway. The question for you is: what’s more important?

The Corolla’s Roots

The word “Corolla” has Latin roots that translate to “Little Crown”

2018 Toyota Corolla versus 2018 Hyundai Elantra: The Verdict

After a thorough review, it’s our opinion that the 2018 Corolla is the superior value when compared to the 2018 Elantra. The cars match up well in many areas, but the egregious lack of safety technology on most 2018 Elantra trims is difficult, if not impossible, to overlook. When you add in Toyota’s reputation for quality and high resale value across all their models, the 2018 Corolla becomes even more of a no brainer. To be fair, Hyundai has made great strides in the development of their vehicles in recent years, but they still can’t touch the reliability and dependability of a Toyota.

2018 Toyota Corolla for sale in Thomasville, GA

If you’re looking for incredible savings on a 2018 Corolla model, you’ll find them here at our Thomasville, GA Toyota dealership. We’ve got an amazing selection of new Toyota models to choose from and can get you into a 2018 Corolla at a low price or monthly payment. Be sure to check out our Corolla special offers online and then visit us for a test drive at Thomasville Toyota located at 14724 U.S. 19 South, Thomasville, GA 31757.

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