Comparing the 2020 Toyota Corolla to the 2020 Hyundai Elantra on Long Island, NY.

2020 Toyota Corolla Vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Oct 25, 2019 3:30 PM

It can be tough for the discerning driver to find a sedan that can provide everything needed for a busy life spent on the go, but there’s good news: There actually are cars that have everything you need! Two of the best from the 2020 sedan lineup are the Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai Elantra, and while we here at Westbury Toyota might be a bit biased in one direction, we have good reason to think that the Corolla is truly in a class all by itself.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a comprehensive comparison that highlights the pros and cons of both the Corolla and the Elantra. This breakdown should go a long way toward proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Corolla is clearly the sedan to beat when the time comes to upgrade your daily commute across Long Island.

Updated Aesthetics

Benefitting from Toyota’s new generation architecture (TNGA), the 2020 Corolla’s styling is quite different from that of previous versions. The large, distinct grille is punctuated by additional exterior features like LED lights, a blacked-out spoiler and taillights, and chrome exhaust tips. Overall it delivers a sleek and sophisticated feel which also translates into the interior, where you’ll find black leather and cloth seating accompanied by door panels, dash, and gear shift that all offer up a high-end aesthetic. The materials used in the interior are soft-touch, meaning that everything feels plush no matter where you’re sitting.

The 2020 Hyundai also has the wide grille, but it’s markedly different from the Corolla in that the headlights cut into it. The rear of the Elantra does provide a little more attraction, complete with a trunk release button that’s cleverly integrated with the Elantra badge. The interior of the Elantra is also different from that of the Corolla as the materials for seats and armrests are made of harder, stiffer materials that don’t provide as much comfort overall.

A Pleasure to Drive

Even though these two 2020 sedans aren’t sporty, they are still quite pleasurable to drive, says Sam i Haj-Assaad of Autotrader. They are very similar in terms of specs, with some noticeable differences highlighted in the table below:

2020 Toyota Corolla 2020 Hyundai Elantra
Continuously variable transmission (CVT) Variable ratio transmission (IVT)
1.8-liter (L) engine that puts out 121 horsepower (hp) and 105 lb-ft. of torque. 1.4-L engine that puts out 128 hp and 156 lb-ft. of torque.

While the Elantra has a bit more oomph under the hood, it loses to the Corolla in other areas. The Corolla’s automatic CVT transmission allows for no “steps” when the gears shift and therefore keeps the engine running at a speed that’s most efficient in regard to fuel economy and maximum acceleration factor. The Corolla also has a downshift rev synchronizer which functions by raising engine speed in order to transform downshifting into a smooth, seamless process. Not only does this remove the annoying lurch that happens during downshifting, it also allows for better control when taking corners. The 2020 Elantra lacks both a CVT and a downshift rev synchronizer.

A Bevy of Useful Features

Where previously the Corolla was known almost entirely for its legendary dependability, the 2020 version has added other highly desirable attributes to the list by way of quality of life extras. A USB port, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, and a wireless phone charger are just a few. In the Elantra you’ll find much the same along with an additional USB port for a total of two, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Maximizing Fuel Efficiency

In this day and age, fuel efficiency is becoming one of the most important factors that people consider before buying a new vehicle. As the experts at The Car Connection have pointed out, when it comes to getting the best mileage, the Corolla far exceeds the Elantra. Whereas the Elantra will get you 32 miles per gallon (mpg) in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, you’re going to get 53 mpg city driving with the Corolla and 52 mpg on the highway. It’s clear that if you’re looking to save as much money on fuel as possible, the Corolla is the way to go.

Two Sedans at the Top of Their Game

While these sedans are evenly matched in some categories, it’s clear that the 2020 Corolla edges out the Elantra overall. It’s got far better mileage in addition to smoother, safer driving, a plethora of convenient features, and interior and exterior aesthetics that belong to cars of high-end make. If your interest is piqued from what you’ve read here, please don’t hesitate to pay us a visit at Westbury Toyota to learn more about our leasing and purchasing options for the 2020 Toyota Corolla.

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