There are plenty of compact cars available if you’re shopping for something small and affordable. If you’re looking for value, however, few small calls deliver bang for your hard-earned buck. Two of the best compact cars available are the 2018 Toyota Corolla and the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. At first glance, they look to be quite comparable, but when you take a closer look you’ll see why the Toyota Corolla delivers more value for your money.
Here’s why the 2018 Toyota Corolla is a better value than the 2018 Hyundai Elantra:
Toyota and value go hand-in-hand which is easy to see when you get behind the wheel of a 2018 Toyota Corolla. Even at the base-level, the Corolla comes with an impressive range of features, including a backup camera, Bluetooth capabilities, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, and automatic LED headlamps. To get the features you want in the Elantra be prepared to pay extra.
“By contrast, the base Elantra is very sparsely equipped. It includes just a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. You’ll have to pay more to get an infotainment system, a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, push-button start, a rearview camera, and active safety features.” - U.S. News and World Report
Toyota takes your safety incredibly seriously and it shows in the 2018 Toyota Corolla. All Corollas come standard with the Toyota Safety Suite (TSS-P), a collection of advanced safety features aimed at providing the safest ride possible. Some of the included features are: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. You’ll have to pay extra or move to a high-trim level to get similar safety features in the 2018 Elantra.
“The Corolla comes standard with a rearview camera and the Toyota Safety Sense package of active safety features, which includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and adaptive cruise control. The Elantra does not include any standard safety features but can be equipped with features that are the same as or similar to the Toyota’s features.” - U.S. News and World Report
The Toyota Corolla has been one of the world’s best selling cars for decades and a big reason for this is Toyota’s focus on reliability. Consumer Reports recently ranked Toyota as the #1 automaker for reliability, with an average vehicle score of 80/100. Hyundai is way down the list at #10 with an average vehicle score of only 59/100. If reliability is important to you, consider getting behind the wheel of a 2018 Toyota Corolla.
“Toyota builds solid, efficient, and reliable vehicles. Most of their models do well in our testing thanks to their to refined powertrains, good fuel economy, comfortable rides, quiet cabins, and intuitive controls.” - Consumer Reports
To really know if the 2018 Toyota Corolla is the right car for you, a test drive is a must. Take one for a spin and experience the Corolla for yourself.