COROLLA VS ELANTRA
The Corolla is no longer the purest vanilla. In its last redesign, Toyota gave it a fresh look that's much more daring and edgy than its previous iteration. Inside, especially, it takes some of the space-efficient sensibilities of the current Camry cabin and adds more flair. LED headlamps and running lamps on the outside add a nice finishing touch, while a sporty Corolla S stands distinct, with a blacked-out look and sportier details.
In most Corolla models you'll find a 132-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Elantra comes with a 147-hp, 2.0-liter. The Elantra includes a six-speed automatic transmission, while most Corolla models get a CVT that isn't so bad and responds well in most cases. Performance between the two is comparable. For those seeking maximum fuel efficiency, the Corolla LE Eco trim holds the upper hand, with a specially tuned version of the engine and mileage of up to 42 mpg on the highway. The Elantra Eco, with its 128-hp turbo four and seven-speed dual-clutch, is rated at 37 mpg highway.