Which Sedan Offers the Best Value?

Which Sedan Offers the Best Value?

2020 Toyota Corolla Vs 2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla turning on a road

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

2020 Toyota Corolla SE

2020 Toyota Corolla SE

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0-Liter

169 hp @ 6,000 rpm

151 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm

TRANSMISSION

Six-Speed Manual

DRIVETRAIN

FWD

FUEL CONSUMPTION

29/36

STARTING MSRP

$22,750*

2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

CAPACITY

5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

2.0 Liter

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

Intelligent Variable Transmission

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

31/41

STARTING MSRP

$18,950

A Head-to-Head Comparison

The Toyota Corolla has been a reliable sedan for decades. Styling and advanced technology solutions on the other hand have historically been lacking. That changes dramatically with the elegantly appointed and completely redesigned 2020 Toyota Corolla. The all-new Corolla receives a complete overhaul – inside and out, improved technology offerings, and an enhanced driving experience.

The new Corolla has morphed into a head-turner. So, how does it compare with one of its biggest competitors – the 2020 Hyundai Elantra? Let us do the work for you. Keep on reading to discover the general overview of each, interior, performance, and technology features. We’ll also compare the driver-assisted safety available. Ultimately, we’ll explain why the 2020 Toyota Corolla continues to be one of the best buys, which you can explore for yourself at Rivertown Toyota.

Model Overviews

There are five trim levels available for the 2020 Toyota Corolla: L, LE, SE, XLE, and XSE. Separate Corolla Hatchback and Hybrids are also available to consider. For simplicity sake, we’ll focus on the standard gasoline-powered model in the information below.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla includes multiple standard equipment offerings including automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, 60/40-split folding rear seating, LED headlights, and rides on 15-inch wheels. With each trim elevation comes a slew of available enhancements including remote keyless entry, automatic climate control, extra USB ports, and upgraded wheel and infotainment systems.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra can be purchased in one of six trim levels: SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Limited, and Sport. It likewise is available as a hatchback or sporty Elantra GT edition – which have their own trim and special features to consider.

Engine Performance and Fuel Economy

The 2020 Toyota Corolla offers a few powertrain options for ultimate performance. Standard is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 139 horsepower and 126 lb.-ft of torque. This fuel-sipping yet peppy engine is connected to a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) and paired with front-wheel drive. This configuration returns an EPA-estimated 27 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg highway.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla XSE and SE trims receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and paired with a six-speed manual transmission. This powertrain combination produces 169 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft of torque and returns 29 mpg city / 36 mpg highway.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra has three engine options. Their standard is a 2.0-liter engine producing 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft of torque likewise connected to a CVT. It returns 31 mpg city and 41 mpg on highways. You can also opt for a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder, producing 128 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft of torque. Mileage ratings are 33 mpg city and 41 mpg highway.

Driver-Assisted Safety Systems

Toyota models have been front-runners in the safety department for decades. The 2020 Toyota Corolla received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). Having won multiple awards for safety, you know the 2020 Toyota Corolla will give you the ultimate peace of mind.

The 2020 Toyota Corolla offers standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which is an advanced suite of driver-assisted features. These features include automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist, lane-departure alert, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, and more.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is likewise awarded with similar safety ratings and comes equipped with Hyundai’s SmartSense technology features. This platform offers driver attention warning system, safe exit assist, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, and smart cruise control

Interior of the 2020 Toyota Corolla

Luxurious Interior

The 2020 Toyota Corolla has been elevated on the inside as well. Designed with ergonomics and driver convenience, and from high-quality materials, the interior of the 2020 Toyota Corolla is a far cry from previous editions. This sedan features ample seating for five, 13.1-cubic feet of cargo volume, and plenty of storage space for groceries and travel essentials in the trunk.

Each 2020 Toyota Corolla includes standard interior appointments including front and console USB 2.0 ports, a soft-touch center console with storage compartment, power door locks with automatic locking, automatic climate control with dust and pollen filters and more.

Available enhancements through the line-up include premium sport seats, heated driver and passenger seating, leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel, premium instrumentation cluster, and Smart Key System with Push Button Start.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra includes similar standard interior appointments, with upgrades through the line-up and each elevated trim level. Cargo volume is slightly bigger, measuring 14.4-cubic feet, but similar rear seating configuration and passenger capacity.

Stay Connected

Another area where the 2020 Toyota Corolla has received significant improvements is technology, specifically on the inside. The Corolla features a standard seven-inch touchscreen infotainment display that includes Siri® Eyes Free, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Hands-free phone capability, voice recognition, and Bluetooth® integration are also standard.

Upgrades available with different trim levels include an eight-inch touchscreen, JBL premium sound system, Dynamic Navigation, and Toyota Connected Services. This platform includes service scheduling, emergency roadside assistance, Wi-Fi connect with 4G connectivity, and 24/7 live agent assistance to locate your next destination.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra likewise includes an available eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, Apple CarPlay® and upgraded audio systems. However, the numerous capabilities that Toyota offers proves their defeat against the competition.

The Verdict – 2020 Toyota Corolla Offers The Best Bang for Your Buck

While there are multiple segments where the 2020 Toyota Corolla and 2020 Hyundai Elantra stand equal, in the end, the fresh redesign of the Corolla tips the scales in its favor. The flexibility to configure your Corolla with multiple packages, a streamlined and fuel-efficient powertrain, and loads of active safety and technology features makes it an attractive offering for visitors to our Columbus car dealership.
For several years, Rivertown Toyota has helped Columbus drivers find the perfect car, truck, or SUV for their needs, wants, and budget. We focus on offering superior customer service, while treating each visitor to our dealership with respect and integrity.

If you’re considering a dependable compact sedan, hatchback, or coupe, visit Rivertown Toyota to test drive the 2020 Toyota Corolla today.

*Source: Toyota.com