2021 Corolla vs. 2020 Elantra Comparison

For those conscious about their carbon footprint, fuel-efficient cars can help people get to where they want to go while being more eco-sensitive. With the 2021 Toyota Corolla, Toyota gives drivers a combination of style, reliability, and fuel efficiency.

The Corolla has been around in North America since 1966. The Corolla Hybrid, introduced in model-year 2020, uses the same technology as the world's first mass-produced hybrid, the Toyota Prius.

As for the competition, Hyundai debuted the Elantra in 1990. The Elantra does not offer a hybrid variation, but Hyundai reportedly does plan to introduce one for model year 2021. Both the Toyota and Hyundai vehicles fall under the compact car category.

Whether commuting to work or driving on the highway, the Corolla SE 6MT beats the 2020 Elantra Sport with a higher EPA-estimated 29/36/32 (city/hwy/comb) MPG rating versus a 26/33/29 (city/hwy/comb) EPA MPG rating on the Elantra. Obviously, the difference in fuel economy increases even further when looking at the Corolla Hybrid LE which has an EPA-estimated 53/52/52 (city/hwy/comb) MPG rating.

The distinction between these two cars doesn't stop at gas mileage estimates or trim options. Let’s continue to compare the 2021 Toyota Corolla vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra in the categories of safety, performance, and reliability.

Publish Date: 09/22/2020

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Safety

Loaded with active safety features, the 2021 Corolla is designed to help keep you safe while you drive.

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Safety

  • The 2021 Corolla comes standard with a suite of active safety features called Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0).
  • The 2020 Elantra does not include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection (FCA-Ped) or Smart Cruise Control (SCC) as standard.
  • When equipped with LED headlights, both the 2020 Corolla and 2020 Elantra received the IIHS Top Safety Pick.
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Performance

With the 2021 Corolla, you don't have to sacrifice engine power for better gas mileage ratings.

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Performance

  • The 2021 Corolla offers three engine options, including a hybrid engine option.
  • The more powerful Corolla trims have better gas mileage estimates than the Elantra Sport.
  • With an EPA-estimated 53/52/52 (city/hwy/comb) MPG rating, the Corolla Hybrid LE is the best option for fuel efficiency in this comparison.
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Reliability

Toyota is known for its long legacy of reliability and quality. The 2021 Corolla embodies this commitment to dependability with awards across the board.

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Reliability

  • Toyota's reputation for quality and reliability are backed by the 2019 KBB® Best Resale Value: Brand award.
  • The 2020 Corolla also received a NHTSA 5-Star Overall Safety Rating while the Elantra received a 4-Star Overall Safety Rating.
  • Both vehicles offer roadside assistance and factory-scheduled maintenance plans.
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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Elantra

Compact cars like the Corolla and Elantra are perfect commuter cars with their fuel efficiency ratings and easy handling.

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Conclusion: Corolla vs. Elantra

  • The Corolla Hybrid LE has better gas mileage ratings than the 2020 Elantra Eco.
  • With Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0), Corolla drivers get more active safety features than all but the 2020 Elantra Limited with the optional Ultimate Package (MSRP $3,350).
  • The 2020 Corolla also received a higher Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA with a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating compared to the Elantra's 4-Star Overall Safety Rating.
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