Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Hyundai ELANTRA VS 2013 Toyota Corolla Near Phoenix, AZ

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2013 Hyundai ELANTRA

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2013 Toyota Corolla

Safety Comparison

The Elantra Sedan offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Corolla doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Corolla have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is safer than the Toyota Corolla:

Elantra Sedan




4 Stars

4 Stars




Chest Compression

.5 inches

.5 inches

Neck Injury Risk



Leg Forces (l/r)

536/91 lbs.

373/363 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is safer than the Toyota Corolla:

Elantra Sedan



5 Stars

2 Stars

Front Seat


4 Stars

4 Stars

Hip Force

454 lbs.

486 lbs.

Rear Seat


5 Stars

2 Stars

Spine Acceleration

70 G’s

80 G’s

Hip Force

410 lbs.

1325 lbs.

Into Pole


5 Stars

1 Star

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

13 inches




Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

66 G’s

Hip Force

832 lbs.

1430 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Elantra Sedan is 1.5% less likely to roll over than the Corolla.

Warranty Comparison

The Elantra Sedan comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The Corolla’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Elantra Sedan 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Corolla. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Corolla ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Elantra Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Corolla’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Elantra Sedan has a standard 550 amp battery. The Corolla’s 390 amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Elantra Sedan’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 16 more horsepower (148 vs. 132) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (131 vs. 128) than the Corolla’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is faster than the Toyota Corolla (automatics tested):

Elantra Sedan


Zero to 30 MPH

3 sec

3.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.8 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

15.1 sec

17.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

25.5 sec

28.9 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

4.8 sec

5 sec

Quarter Mile

16.7 sec

17.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

84 MPH

80 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Elantra Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Corolla:

Elantra Sedan



28 city/38 hwy

27 city/34 hwy


28 city/38 hwy

26 city/34 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Elantra Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Corolla:

Elantra Sedan


Front Rotors

11 inches

10.7 inches

Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

9” drums

The Hyundai Elantra Sedan has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Corolla. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Elantra Sedan stops much shorter than the Corolla:

Elantra Sedan


70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Elantra Sedan has larger standard tires than the Corolla (205/55R16 vs. 195/65R15).

The Elantra Sedan GLS’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Corolla L’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Elantra Sedan GLS has standard 16-inch wheels. Smaller 15-inch wheels are standard on the Corolla L.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Elantra Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Corolla’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Elantra Sedan has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Corolla doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Elantra Sedan’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Corolla (106.3 inches vs. 102.4 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Elantra Sedan is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Corolla.

The Elantra Sedan Limited handles at .87 G’s, while the Corolla L pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Elantra Sedan GLS executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Corolla LE (28 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Elantra Sedan’s turning circle is .6 feet tighter than the Corolla’s (34.8 feet vs. 35.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Elantra Sedan Limited is quieter than the Corolla L:

Elantra Sedan


At idle

38 dB

41 dB


74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

69 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Elantra Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Corolla is rated a Compact.

The Elantra Sedan has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Corolla (95.6 vs. 92.1).

The Elantra Sedan has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 1.1 inches more front shoulder room, 8.8 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Corolla.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Elantra Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Corolla (14.8 vs. 12.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Elantra Sedan disables the starter while the engine is running. The Corolla’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Elantra Sedan Limited’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control. The Corolla’s driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

The Proximity Key optional on the Elantra Sedan Limited allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Toyota Corolla doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Elantra Sedan’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Corolla L/S’ standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Elantra Sedan offers optional extendable sun visors. The Corolla doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Elantra Sedan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Toyota only offers heated mirrors on the Corolla LE/S.

The Elantra Sedan’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Corolla’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

The Elantra Sedan offers optional heated front and second row seats (second row heated seats standard on Limited) extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Corolla.

The Elantra Sedan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Corolla doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Corolla doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Elantra Sedan has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Corolla doesn’t offer rear vents.

The Elantra Sedan’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Corolla’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Elantra Sedan is less expensive to operate than the Corolla because typical repairs cost much less on the Elantra Sedan than the Corolla, including $69 less for an alternator, $129 less for a starter, $159 less for fuel injection, $178 less for a fuel pump, $63 less for front struts, $290 less for a timing belt/chain and $76 less for a power steering pump.

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