2021 Hyundai Elantra and the 2021 Toyota Corolla, are great vehicles for drivers near the Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township, areas, in need of a new commuter car. They offer fun driving, easy handling, and efficient performance.

So, how do you decide between the Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Corolla? Our Hyundai of Abington team put them side by side in this comparison to help you answer that question!

Elantra vs Corolla: Performance

Both cars handle well, but the Hyundai Elantra comes with more power under the hood. Its 2L inline 4-cylinder engine can generate 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. This extra power within the 2021 Elantra is felt when you accelerate on the highways or when the light turns green.

Hyundai Elantra Engine

Toyota Corolla Engine

2L inline 4-cylinder

1.8L 4-cylinder

147 horsepower

139 horsepower

132 lb-ft of torque

126 lb-ft of torque

EPA-estimated 33 city/43 highway MPG1

EPA-estimated 30 city/38 highway MPG

Under the hood of the Corolla sits a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine. This produces 139 horsepower and 126 lb-ft of torque.

As compact cars, both these models do a great job at conserving fuel. The Toyota Corolla gets an EPA-estimated 30 city/38 highway MPG. The 2021 Elantra, though, is even more efficient, as it gets an EPA-estimated 33 city/43 highway MPG.1

Elantra vs Corolla: Hybrid Fuel Economy and Performance

Both the Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra have hybrid options to choose from, with excellent fuel economy-so that you can spend less time at the gas station.

Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Engine

Toyota Corolla Hybrid Engine

1.6L 4-cylinder engine

1.8L 4-cylinder engine

EPA-estimated 53 city/56 highway MPG2

EPA-estimated 53 city/52 highway MPG

139 horsepower

121 horsepower

125 lb-ft of torque

105 lb-ft of torque

The Toyota Corolla's hybrid option comes standard with a 1.8L 4-cylinder hybrid gas engine. When combined with the Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT), you'll get an EPA-estimated 53 city/52 highway MPG. You won't have to give up power, either, when choosing a hybrid option that produces 121 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque.

The Hyundai Elantra has two hybrid trim options to choose from, depending on how much power or fuel efficiency you want. Since you have two options, you'll have a bit more flexibility. The standard engine for the Hyundai Elantra hybrid options is a 1.6L 4-cylinder engine combined with a 32kW electric motor/battery.

When combined with the 6-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission, you'll get an EPA-estimated 53 city/56 highway MPG.2 The Elantra even passes the Corolla in terms of power in the hybrid options, with 139 horsepower and 125 lb-ft of torque.

Inside the Hyundai Elantra vs Toyota Corolla

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra also comes with a more spacious interior. Among its five seats, there are 99.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Toyota Corolla has 88.6 cubic feet of passenger volume.

Hyundai Elantra Interior Dimensions

Toyota Corolla Interior Dimensions

99.4 cubic feet of passenger volume

88.6 cubic feet of passenger volume

40.6 inches of front headroom

38.3 inches of front headroom

38 inches of rear legroom

34.8 inches of rear legroom

8-inch touchscreen (standard)

7-inch touchscreen (standard)

You'll notice the Elantra's additional space throughout the cabin. Up in front, you'll get two extra inches of headroom in the Elantra with 40.6 inches, versus the Corolla's 38.3 inches. Passengers in the Hyundai Elantra's back row also get about four extra inches of legroom with 38 inches, compared to the 34.8 inches in the Toyota Corolla.

The 2021 Elantra also comes with a dual automatic temperature control system. This standard feature lets you adjust the temperature on your side as warm or cool as you'd like it, while your front-seat passenger can set their side to a different temperature. Unfortunately, you won't get this same personal control over the A/C and heating system in the Corolla.

Both the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla have standard infotainment systems that include features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, which let you use your favorite smartphone apps directly in your vehicle's infotainment system. However, the Corolla's touchscreen is only 7 inches, while the Elantra's starts out at 8 inches.

If you upgrade your infotainment systems, each screen grows bigger-however, the Corolla's only grows to 8 inches, while the Elantra's hits 10.25 inches and includes a navigation system. The Elantra even has available voice recognition, so you can keep your hands on the wheel while you change music, ask for directions, and make phone calls.

Safety Technology Hyundai Elantra vs Toyota Corolla

Both these cars come with an impressive suite of safety systems. They each have driver-assistive features that can help you avoid potential frontal collisions, and keep you traveling safely within the lines of your lane. The Corolla's safety suite is called the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, and the Elantra's is named Hyundai SmartSense. Some of the features both vehicles have in common are:

  • Standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection-Using a front camera and radar, this system can detect if an accident with a pedestrian or another car is imminent. You will get a warning-and if you don't brake in time, this feature will brake for you.
  • Standard Lane Keeping Assist-While on the highway, this feature monitors your position within your lane. If you begin to drift, it will warn you, and if you don't correct the drift, it will apply corrective steering.
  • Standard High Beam Assist-While you drive at night, this system turns on your high beams. When another vehicle approaches, it automatically switches to low beams until the car passes, then switches your high beams back on.
  • Available Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go-Set a speed for cruise control, and using radar, you'll maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you. If you slow to under a certain mileage, the feature will turn itself off. If the vehicle in front of you moves within a few seconds, it will start back up again.

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra, though, has one particularly helpful technology the Corolla doesn't: Driver Attention Warning. This standard system monitors your driving and can detect when you become tired or distracted. It will then send you an alert to refocus on the road ahead-or stop taking a break during your next road trip.

Hyundai Elantra vs Toyota Corolla: Which Sedan Comes Out On Top?

With its more efficient performance and extra interior space, as well as all the features it offers, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a top choice for drivers near the areas of Willow Grove, Abington, and Lower Southampton Township who need a new car for their everyday commutes.

Stop by Hyundai of Abington today to get an even closer look inside the Elantra and learn more about the features offered in its various trim levels. Contact us now to schedule a test drive, too!



12021 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/43 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/41 Hwy/35 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 6-speed M/T: 25 City/34 Hwy/28 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA N Line 7-speed DCT: 28 City/36 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle's condition.


22021 ELANTRA Hybrid Blue: 53 City/56 Hwy/54 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA Hybrid Limited: 49 City/52 Hwy/50 Combined. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

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