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Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Corolla

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Hyundai Elantra

$442
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Toyota Corolla

$367
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Hyundai Elantra Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 9th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $442 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity and frequency of repairs are lower than other vehicles, so the Elantra is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Corolla Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 36 for compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $367 which means it has excellent ownership costs. The severity of repairs is low, and these issues are less frequent than average, so the Corolla is one of the more reliable vehicles on the road.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$442
inexpensive
expensive
$367
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.22
not often
very often
0.3
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
10%
not urgent
urgent
8%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5 star
(11)
4 star
(36)
3 star
(21)
2 star
(5)
1 star
(2)
The Hyundai Elantra ranks highest in heating and ranks lowest in brakes.
“While I have only 30,000 miles on it in 6 years, (purchased in October 2012), it has the original tires. Just replaced the battery last month, and have had no unusual repairs on this great little r...”
“While I have only 30,000 miles on it in 6 years, (purchased in October 2012), it has the original...”
5 star
(30)
4 star
(85)
3 star
(45)
2 star
(13)
1 star
(3)
The Toyota Corolla ranks highest in drive train and ranks lowest in body.
“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”
“Many of my friends drive a toyota because they know how reliable these cars are.”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla are both compact, four-door sedans. They both have front-wheel drive. 

In a power comparison, the Hyundai Elantra clearly outperforms the Toyota Corolla. The Elantra’s 147-horsepower standard engine beats the Corolla’s, which has 132 horsepower. If you’d like even more, the Elantra’s optional 201-horsepower engine will leave the 140-horsepower upgraded engine in the Corolla in the dust. No contest here.

Interior space and trunk size in the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla are close. The Elantra has 95.8 cubic feet of passenger space and 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space. The Corolla has 97.1 cubic feet of passenger space and 13 cubic feet of trunk space. There’s not much difference between them.

One major difference is the standard driver assistance technologies. The Toyota Corolla comes standard with adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and automated emergency braking in every model. The Elantra offers blind spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist as standard on all models except the base Elantra, but the Corolla’s other standard features are available only as an option on the top Elantra model.

If you like performance, the Hyundai Elantra gives you plenty of that. But if you want the latest advanced safety systems as standard equipment, the Corolla is the best choice in this comparison. In most other areas, they are closely matched.


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