Compare the Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Corolla in Illinois

Trying to Decide Between the Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla? Gurnee Hyundai is Here to Tell You Why the Elantra Wins This Head-to-Head Competition

If you are looking for a small sedan to drive on your daily commute around Arlington Heights, IL, you have several appealing options. As you go through your choices, you may find that a couple of cars continue to stand out in a variety of categories. The Hyundai Elantra and the Toyota Corolla are two the vehicles that you may see on the top of many lists. While these are both excellent sedans, the Hyundai Elantra comes out on top when you put both cars side-by-side. Gurnee Hyundai, located at 6251 Grand Avenue in Gurnee, IL, is here to tell you how the Elantra beats out its rival from the Toyota brand.


When it comes to performance, the Hyundai Elantra is the clear victor over the Toyota Corolla. While both cars can give you a pleasant driving experience, the Elantra has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that the Toyota sedan just can't match. The superior performance starts right at the base trim level for both cars.

Underneath the hood, the base engine for the Toyota Corolla is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that pumps out 139 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque, Meanwhile, the Elantra has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pushes out 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Essentially, even at the base trim, the Elantra is still able to give drivers more power for their drive to Des Plaines, IL and beyond.

Folks who purchase the Corolla also have the option of a different engine. Corolla drivers can choose the available 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Those interested in the Elantra also have the choice of a different engine. The Hyundai sedan comes available with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

Drivers who are concerned with handling may find that the Elantra has the advantage in that category. It's wheelbase is 107.1-inches, compared to 106.3 for the Toyota Corolla. A longer wheelbase indicates that the person behind the wheel can expect a smoother, comfortable, and more stable ride.


Before you buy or lease a new sedan, you will probably want to know that it offers the space for you and your passengers to enjoy a comfortable ride in Kenosha, WI. In this area, the Hyundai Elantra is superior to the Toyota Corolla. Whether you are looking for head room or leg room, the Elantra has got the advantage over its competitor from the Toyota brand.

Front seat passengers in the Hyundai Elantra have 40.6-inches of head room and 42.3-inches of leg room. Comparatively, people who buy or lease the Corolla can look forward to 38.3-inches of head room and 42-inches of legroom. Back seat passengers also get a more spacious ride in the Elantra. The Elantra has a slight edge in head room with 37.3-inches of head room versus 37.1-inches for the Corolla. When it comes to leg room, the Elantra gives passengers 38-inches of space versus 34.8-inches in the Toyota sedan.

The advantage in interior space extends to the trunk for the Elantra. The new Hyundai Elantra gives drivers 14.2 cubic feet of space, as opposed to 13.1 cubic feet for the Corolla.

Tech and Safety Features

People who are into tech and safety features will find that both the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla offer passengers a wealth of standard and available features. There are subtle ways in which the Elantra has the advantage. While both cars come standard with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration, the Elantra comes standard with the wireless variety. That means you can stay in touch with family in Waukegan, IL without having to deal with messy cords.

The Hyundai Elantra has some standard safety features that are only offered as "available additions" on the Toyota Corolla. Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist is an example of this kind of feature. Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist is standard on both the Elantra and Corolla.

The Elantra comes standard with an eight-inch touchscreen to house its infotainment system, while the Corolla only comes standard with a seven-inch screen. Fans of this Hyundai sedan may also like the fact that it comes available with a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation.

The Choice is Clear for Chicagoland Car Shoppers

While both the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla are intriguing vehicles, the Elantra is the clear winner in their head-to-head competition.

If you are interested in learning more about the Hyundai Elantra, schedule a test drive with the team from Gurnee Hyundai, in Gurnee, IL, today.

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