When it comes to sedan segments on the market, the argument is pretty fierce for which one is the most popular. Although there are many segments, two rise to the top, and it’s up in the air which one displays true dominance. On some days, it might be the midsize class, while other days might see compact sedans reign supreme, like our favorite the Elantra. We thought we’d see how that one measures up to one of its biggest competitors, an entry into the segment that might be older than any other, by pitting the 2019 Hyundai Elantra vs 2019 Toyota Corolla.
The Elantra is the second longest-running vehicle on the Hyundai lineup itself, having hit the market in the 1992 model year. But its experience has nothing on the Corolla, which officially debuted way back in 1966.
As you can see from one cursory glance at the table just above, these two compact sedans are quite similar to one another. Each has its advantages, but they’re relatively subtle as they’re just so comparable. But we thought we’d go through their differences in more detail to really give you an idea of how each has a leg up on its competitor.
For starters, the Elantra delivers 15 horsepower more than the Corolla according to the first row. That’s not a massive, game-changing advantage but it is plenty to be noticeable in a side-by-side road comparison. The Corolla, on the other hand, gets an extra mile to the gallon combined. Again, not huge, but that will lead to some savings in the long run.
The biggest advantage comes in the form of space, depicted in row three. The final row shows that both sedans offer the typical seating for up to 5, but it’s the Elantra that offers a larger trunk, accommodating an extra 1.4 cubic feet of your stuff. If you’re interested in a 2019 Hyundai Elantra of your own, be sure to get in touch!