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2021 Hyundai Elantra Vs. 2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Toyota Corolla, separated by a diagonal line and a "VS" logo

The compact car segment is highly competitive these days. While this is probably stressful for those working in automotive product design, it’s quite a welcome boon to the consumer. Modern automakers are forced to churn out great, high-value machines at low prices.

Two standouts in the compact car class are the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Toyota Corolla. Both models offer excellent performance, fuel economy, and capability. While the Corolla has long been a stalwart figure in this arena, the Elantra is rife with fresh, youthful energy.

How do these two machines compare? Read on below for the play-by-play on their showdown, featuring a chart comparison and ensuing analysis.

2021 Hyundai Elantra


2021 Toyota Corolla

$19,650 Starting MSRP $20,025
147 to 201 hp Horsepower 139 to 169 hp
Up to 33 city / 43 highway Fuel Economy Up to 31 city / 40 highway
14.2 cubic feet Cargo Volume 13.1 cubic feet

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The 2021 Hyundai Elantra comes out ahead in every category in the chart above. As each of these tend to be key areas valued by compact car shoppers, this is quite a victory.

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In terms of performance, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra provides more power for less money. Engine options are more powerful, both on the base incarnations and sporty variations. The latter category includes, for the Elantra, the new N-Line model, which is powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged juicer that churns out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The sporty 2021 Corolla variation can’t reach these same heights.

Additional Premium Features

Those who opt for a 2021 Hyundai Elantra will also get to enjoy a slew of great features and amenities. Standouts include a digital instrument cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Digital Key. As usual, upgrading to higher trim levels bring additional great features. The Premium package on the Elantra is slightly more expensive than that of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra, but it also provides more options.

The upgraded 2021 Hyundai Elantra now includes a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. This configurable interface provides a ton of useful information to the user. The available Digital Key allows one to unlock and lock their vehicle conveniently from their smartphone.

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