2011 Toyota
Corolla
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Elantra GLS

2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

10.0

starting from

$15,945
"It zips around in city driving with ease, and then is surprisingly robust on the freeway."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the Elantra's handling
"Yet another impressive offering from Hyundai."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the Elantra's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Elantra GLS

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Power windows
Standard
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OK brakes
Disc
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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Power locks
Standard
2011 Toyota Corolla

7.3

Runner-up

Toyota Corolla

starting from

$16,660

Reasons to buy the Toyota Corolla

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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Average-sized back seats
42.7 ft3
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Pokey 1/4 mile time
16.8 s @ 83 mph
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Sluggish 0-60 time
9.0 seconds
Luxury Features 5.5 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Winner: Elantra GLS
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  • The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Elantra GLS; not available on the Corolla
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Winner: Elantra GLS
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Almost the same, 29 mpg vs 28 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Neither offers a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
Overall 7.3 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Not Available vs Standard The convenience of keyless entry comes standard on the Elantra GLS; not available on the Corolla
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leather Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a leather interior

Cost

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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MSRP $16,660 vs $15,945 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 28 mpg vs 29 mpg Both very efficient in the city
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Elantra GLS's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Corolla 's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Elantra GLS's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Corolla 's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Drum vs Disc The Elantra GLS has good brakes for high-performance driving
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Horsepower 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 148 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Manual transmission vs Manual transmission Both offer a manual transmission, unlike most in this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 20.7 lb/hp vs 18.0 lb/hp The Elantra GLS has OK performance while the Corolla gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 ft vs 34.8 ft Both cars corner comparably to other vehicles in their class

Practicality

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 462 miles vs 512 miles The Elantra GLS has good highway range and the Corolla is reasonable
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Cargo space 12.3 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.3 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 The Elantra GLS has roomy front seats, but the Corolla is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Elantra GLS, but the Corolla will get you around in comfort

Entertainment System

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Toyota
Corolla
2011 Toyota Corolla
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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0-60 mph 9.0 seconds vs 9.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 136 ft vs 136 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 16.8 s @ 83 mph vs 17.2 s @ 83 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.83 g vs 0.82 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 115 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Nissan Versa SL Corolla vs Versa SL
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Toyota Camry Corolla vs Camry
2011 Toyota Corolla 2011 Volkswagen Golf Corolla vs Golf
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Honda Accord LX Elantra GLS vs Accord LX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Kia Soul Elantra GLS vs Soul
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2012 Hyundai Sonata GLS Elantra GLS vs Sonata GLS
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Hyundai Tucson Elantra Limited vs Tucson
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Toyota Matrix Elantra GLS vs Matrix

Comments Which car would you recommend, and why?

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JJDubs (10:55 PM, April 08, 2012)
The Elantra DOES offer a satellite radio as standard equipment.