Head to Head: 2016 Toyota Corolla vs. 2016 Hyundai Elantra

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2017 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2016 Toyota Corolla

The 2016 Toyota Corolla and 2017 Hyundai Elantra are both compact sedans that often compete head-to-head, thanks to their close MSRPs and similar amenities. The current compact sedan class is packed full of strong competition, and the U.S. News & World Report rankings show that there’s just a small margin that separates the class leaders, the middle of the road, and those that lag behind.

The 2016 Corolla is a good example of this. Even though it’s a strong car all around, according to critics, safety organizations, and J.D. Power’s reliability data, it currently sits at No. 14 in our compact car rankings, which is below midpack. Potential buyers shouldn’t necessarily let that discourage them, though. The Corolla was last redesigned in 2014, and there’s nothing new this year, except the addition of a Special Edition trim level.

Hyundai redesigned the Elantra for 2017, and it leapt to the No. 4 spot in our compact car rankings (tied with the Volkswagen GTI). The new Elantra fares well in the earliest critics’ reviews and is a class leader in terms of safety. Only time will tell how the Elantra sedan actually sells, but the early indications are good.

Which will it be for your family: the reliable Corolla or the flashy new Elantra? Keep in mind that, despite the gap in their rankings, their compiled scores aren’t too far apart. Read on to find out how they compare, and you might be surprised.