2019 Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla -- Which Compact Car Pulls Ahead for Drivers in Westbrook, ME?

When it's time to upgrade from the everyday small sedan, consider the Hyundai Elantra. It's been a best-seller for three decades for many reasons. They come into focus most clearly head-to-head with rivals like Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Check out the matchup here at Rowe Hyundai Westbrook -- you'll soon see how Elantra comes out on top.

2019 Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla

For one, Elantra Sport features a turbocharged 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter I4 engine capable of putting out 195 pound-feet of torque. The comparable Civic Sport, on the other hand, only delivers 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. Even higher Civic trims, like EX and later, only offer horsepower and torque ratings at 174 and 162 to 167 pound-feet respectively. The verdict: Elantra is the better accelerator, and more fun to drive. That holds up against Corolla, too. Even the Elantra SE base, for instance, is more powerful, incorporating a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter I4 backed by 132 pound-feet of torque. The Corolla puts out but 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque at base. Its comparable SE trim even has the same power ratings.

Secondly, Elantra offers better city mileage than Civic, its SE trim achieving up to 26 mpg in a city like our Westbrook, ME with a manual transmission, according to the EPA. Civic can only get up to 25 mpg in its base trim, and that's with a comparable transmission. Versus Corolla, Elantra does even better. Elantra SE, paired with an auto transmission, can get up to 29 mpg city, 38 mpg highway, and 33 mpg combined. Corolla only achieves up to a respective 28 mpg, 36 mpg, and 32 mpg.

Third, if you're looking for cutting-edge safety features and driver aids, Elantra offers more than both Civic and Corolla. Standard in Elantra SEL and later, you can find blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, and driver attention warning. Elantra Limited, on the other hand, also includes pedestrian detection and safe exit assist. Civic doesn't offer anything similar, and Corolla only offers pedestrian detection -- and nothing else from this list.

Moreover, Elantra has more passenger space than Civic and a larger trunk than Corolla. Those measurements? 95.8 cubic feet versus Civic at only 95 in most trims, and 14.4 cubic feet versus Corolla at only 13. Elantra is better tech-equipped than Civic, with an 8-inch infotainment system and wirelessly charging pad available, neither of which Honda offers in its sedan. It also offers edges on Corolla which Toyota doesn't offer, like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in SEL and later and optional eight-speaker Infinity premium audio; you can only find six-speaker audio in every Corolla trim.

Finally, Hyundai offers better quality assurance than both Honda and Toyota. As part of the self-styled "America's Best Warranty," very Elantra includes 5 years/60,000 miles of new vehicle limited coverage, 10 years/100,000 miles of limited powertrain coverage, 7 years of protection against perforation, and 5 years of 24/7 roadside assistance.

Eager to Learn More? Test Drive a New Elantra Today at Our Hyundai Dealer in Westbrook!

You'll find out plenty more to one-up the competition. Check out our 2019 Elantra inventory here on the Web, then visit our showroom on Main Street in town to schedule some time behind the wheel. We look forward to meeting you!

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