For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Toyota Corolla are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Hyundai Elantra Sedan has only front height-adjustable seat belts.
The Corolla has standard whiplash protection, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the whiplash protection system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.
Both the Corolla and the Elantra Sedan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.
For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard Vehicle Stability Control, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Corolla as a “Top Pick” for 2011, a rating only granted to 73 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Elantra Sedan has not been tested, yet.
Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Corolla for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, tire rotation, lubrication and any other scheduled maintenance. Hyundai doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Elantra Sedan.
There are over 2 times as many Toyota dealers as there are Hyundai dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Corolla’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Hyundai vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Hyundai is ranked 11th.
The Corolla has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Corolla flat and controlled during cornering. The Elantra Sedan’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.
The Corolla has .1 inches more rear headroom and 3.2 inches more rear legroom than the Elantra Sedan.
A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Corolla. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.
The Corolla Automatic offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
The Corolla’s optional rear view mirror has an automatic dimming feature. This mirror can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on it, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Elantra Sedan doesn’t offer the luxury of an automatic dimming rear view mirror.