Compare the 2020 Toyota Corolla and the 2020 Hyundai Elantra

The Toyota Corolla is a long-time staple of the compact car segment, having entered the market more than five decades ago. Since then, it has gone on to become one of the best-selling and most recognizable nameplates in the world, and a shining example of Toyota's commitment to innovation and dependability. Now in it's 12th generation, the Corolla has been completely redesigned for the 2020 model year. It offers an extensive list of features across all trim levels, a comfortable cabin with high-quality materials throughout, and an aggressive new aesthetic.

The compact car class has made enormous strides in recent years, and competition is tightening up. On the rise in recent years, the Hyundai Elantra once again challenging the segment's leaders; and, at first glance, it seems like a good match for Corolla. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes clear that Corolla still comes out on top.

Toyota Corolla vs. Hyundai Elantra: Exterior Style

The Toyota Corolla gets a new face lift for 2020, with an aggressive front fascia that's complemented by a large honeycomb mesh grill, dynamic LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and a sloping ridged hood. Available 18-inch machined alloy wheels and Dark Gray Metallic metal accents add to the Corolla's undeniable "cool" factor.

The 2020 Elantra is not a bad looking car, but its front-end design is beginning to look a bit dated. This is subjective, of course, but we think the exterior of the Corolla is more striking and refined.

 

Toyota Corolla vs. Hyundai Elantra: Standard Features

In the compact sedan segment, value is the name of the game, and the 2020 Toyota Corolla has plenty. Across all trim levels, Corolla offers a more complete ownership experience than the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. First, let's look at what both models share at the base tier. The Corolla L and Elantra SE both offer:

  • six-speaker audio
  • 60/40-split folding rear seatback
  • forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • lane keeping assist
  • a rearview camera

That's about it when it comes to notable features of the base Elantra. Now, let's look at the standard features that Corolla L offers and the Elantra SE does not.

  • LED headlights
  • A hands-free phone system with voice recognition
  • Apple CarPlay support
  • A Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Automatic high-beams

All these items cost extra on the Elantra, some are only available at the highest tiers, and some aren't offered on any Elantra model.

Toyota Corolla vs. Hyundai Elantra: Advanced Safety Technologies

As automotive innovation continues upward, advanced driver-assistance technologies that were once the realm of the highest tiers are becoming more accessible by the year. In fact, both the Corolla and the Elantra feature advanced driver aids at the base tier. However, Corolla is still better equipped in this regard. Every 2020 Toyota Corolla model comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of advanced safety features and driver-aid technologies. These include:

  • Standard Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection: This includes low light pedestrian detection and daytime cyclist detection. (Elantra has Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, but Pedestrian Detection is only available on an upper trim level, and even then, only as an option.)

  • Standard Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist: (Elantra has standard Lane Keeping Assist.)

  • Standard Road Edge Detection with Sway Warning: (Not available on any Elantra model)

  • Standard Automatic High Beams: (Only available on an upper Elantra trim)

  • Standard Road Sign Assist: (Not available on any Elantra model.)

  • Standard Lane Tracing Assist: (Not available on any Elantra model.)

  • Standard Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC): (Hyundai's Smart Cruise Control is only available as an optional add-on on upper trim Elantra models. It's also not as advanced as Toyota's DRCC.

In addition to the full package of driver aids, the Corolla also comes standard with Toyota Safety Connect emergency communications. Hyundai Blue Link is available on Elantra, but only on upper trims.

Test Drive the 2020 Toyota Corolla in Sandusky, OH

If you're in the market for a stylish, comfortable, and feature-packed compact sedan, come visit Kasper Toyota for a closer look at the fully redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla. We'd love to set you up with a test drive.

 

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