The 2021 Hyundai Sonata and the Toyota Corolla are both sleek and comfortable vehicles with an abundance of excellent safety features. However, sheer power and space set these two cars apart.

Our team at St. Charles Hyundai has put together this comparison for drivers in the St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, Missouri, areas to help them choose which vehicle suits their tastes.



Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Corolla

Cargo Volume

16 cubic feet

13.1 cubic feet

Standard Engine Horsepower

191 horsepower

139 horsepower

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection



Rear Occupant Alert


Not Available

Standard Infotainment Touchscreen Size


8 inches


7 inches

2021 Hyundai Sonata  2021 vs Toyota Corolla: Performance

The Hyundai Sonata is an efficient and powerful vehicle. Producing 191 horsepower is an easy feat for its standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine while the Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) system works to keep carbon emissions as low as possible. The Corolla also has a standard 4-cylinder engine, but it doesn't kick up quite as much dust. This 1.8L 4-cylinder engine generates just 139 horsepower.

As a Sonata driver, you'll have the freedom of preference with the standard 8-speed automatic transmission with available SHIFTRONIC® steering wheel paddle shifters. With SHIFTRONIC®, drivers can override the automatic shift schedule at their will and drive in a limited manual mode. Corolla drivers will enjoy a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).


When it comes to the Sonata and the Corolla, there's far more room than meets the eye. Each car seats five people and offers 34.8 inches of rear legroom. However, in the Sonata, your passengers will enjoy an ample 104.4 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Toyota Corolla offers a bit less with just 88.6 cubic feet of passenger volume.

Check out the following table to see how the interior spaces of the two vehicles compare.



Hyundai Sonata

Toyota Corolla

Front Legroom

46.1 inches

42 inches

Rear Legroom

34.8 inches

34.8 inches

Passenger Volume

104.4 cubic feet

88.6 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

16 cubic feet

13.1 cubic feet

As a Sonata driver, you will enjoy 46.1 inches of front legroom as you settle into plush cloth seats. During longer rides, you can store your belongings safely in the 16 cubic feet of cargo room. Those in the Corolla may be a little less comfy with 42 inches of front legroom. They may also have a bit less room for their items in the 13.1 cubic feet of cargo room.

Sonata vs Corolla: Intuitive Safety Features

Both the Sonata and the Corolla come with a full suite of standard safety features that make them highly intuitive. These features are not a substitute for an alert driver, but they can definitely give you a helping hand when you need them.
The driver-assist features available in each vehicle include:
·  Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
·  Lane Keeping Assist
·  Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
·  High Beam Assist
In addition, only the Hyundai Sonata offers available Safe Exit Warning. This will alert you to passing vehicles outside your parked car, so that you and your passengers can safely exit the car. The Hyundai sedan also comes standard with Rear Occupant Alert to remind you of any passengers (who just may have peacefully fallen asleep) in the back seat.

2021 Hyundai Sonata or Toyota Corolla: AN EASY CHOICE

When it comes to interior, performance, and safety features, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata outperforms the Toyota Corolla time and again. If you're interested in trying out the features of the Sonata, you can schedule a test drive today by calling our team at St. Charles Hyundai.

We're more than happy to help residents of St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, MO, discover the many benefits of driving a Sonata. Schedule your test drive now!



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