Have you been shopping around for a compact sedan, but feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices? If so, then a great place to start your compact car search is with the world's top-selling nameplate of all time -- the Toyota Corolla! The Toyota Corolla was recently redesigned from the ground up, and every year since, Toyota has continued to update and upgrade its venerable compact. With a surprisingly spacious cabin that is well-equipped with the latest high-tech features, the Toyota Corolla is a lot of car for the money! Toyota of Portland would like to invite drivers to test drive the fuel-sipping and well-equipped new 2017 Corolla in Portland.
How does the 2017 Toyota Corolla compare to one of its newer competitors, the Hyundai Elantra? Find out below!
When it comes to providing desirable interior amenities as standard equipment -- and at a highly affordable price -- the Corolla tops the Elantra with features like standard Bluetooth hands-free phone access and steering wheel mounted audio controls. While both of those features are standard equipment inside the new Corolla's cabin, on the 2017 Hyundai SE base model, those features aren't even optional upgrades! In order to get both of those amenities on a 2017 Elantra, drivers will have to spend more money to upgrade to a higher trim level. If the lacking of those amenities alone made you think twice about the Hyundai, consider that the same goes for voice-activated controls in these two compact sedans. That's right; with the 2017 Corolla, you get voice-command as standard, while it is not even offered in the 2017 Elantra base model. Toyota cars like the Corolla have always been about providing drivers and families with exceptional value, and this clearly continues with the Corolla.
Nowadays, even drivers of compact cars expect a spacious and highly usable cabin with comfortable seating for five. With for the most part that rings true for new compact cars on the market today, there are of course some that are roomier than others. Case in point is the 2017 Toyota Corolla, which provides more overall interior volume than the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. With nearly two cubic feet of additional passenger space, passengers in the Corolla will have more space to stretch out on those long rides. One interior dimension where the 2017 Toyota Corolla dwarfs the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is in rear leg room. With 41.4 inches of leg room for second-row occupants, the Corolla has about six inches more room for rear passenger's legs than the Elantra.
Small still equals safe -- at least if you drive the Corolla from Toyota. With its 5-Star NHTSA Front Crash Test Rating for both driver and passenger side, it is clear that the new Corolla offers a level of safety that years ago would have been reserved for larger and more expensive vehicles. While Hyundai's 2017 Elantra earned a 5-Star rating for the driver side of the same NHTSA test, on the passenger side it received just four stars. When you take a look at the standard safety features on both of these compact cars, you will notice that there are a few features that the Hyundai lacks. For instance, the new Corolla gets automatic headlights as standard, while they are not offered on the 2017 Elantra. Furthermore, Hyundai doesn't seem to have an answer to Toyota's Star Safety System, which is a suite of active safety features that is also standard on the Corolla.
When it comes to style, the new Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra are miles apart. While both compact cars are good looking in their own right, the Corolla is the flashier of the two, with the Elantra representing a more subtle style. If you are like many compact car drivers, you like your car to have a bit of personality, and the new Corolla has it in droves. From its angular lines to its futuristic styling treatments, the Corolla has shed its more conservative styling of years prior for a look that is more inspiring. With the latest Elantra, it seems that Hyundai has gone in the opposite direction. The sporty look and flowing lines of the previous generation have given way to a more restrained design, one that is more sophisticated but a little less expressive. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the saying goes, so which look you prefer comes down to personal preference.
When it is time for an affordable new compact sedan that is surprisingly spacious and well-appointed, test drive the Toyota Corolla. If you live near Portland, OR, you can visit Toyota of Portland. Stop by our Portland, OR showroom, or shop our current Corolla inventory right here on our website. As you browse our website, don't forget that you can get pre-approved for a new car loan, shop our new car specials, and value your trade-in vehicle online, too. Visit today to find a new Toyota Corolla to call your own! The sales team here at Toyota of Portland looks forward to serving you soon.