I looked a several Corolla's before buying my Sonata. The main thing I
disliked about the Corolla was the "Italian" driving position. When I
got the seat back to where my legs were comfortable, I had to extend my
arms almost completely to reach the wheel. I couldn't even rest my
elbow on the window sill, let alone the arm rest and still reach the
wheel. If I got the wheel reach right, then my knees were stuffed into
the dash. I couldn't drive a Corolla 30 miles comfortably let along
take a 300 mile trip.
The other thing is that Toyota wanted $16,500 for a Corolla and I got my
Sonata for $16,700! It wasn't a tough choice at all.
I've never even driven a Corolla...it was just a thought, but based on
economy the Corolla wins hands down. Fact is, I am a Hyundai guy right
now, I just wish i bought the Sonata...especially because I bought the
Elantra with economy in mind.
One thing no one has mentioned is whether their Elantras have automatic or
manual transmissions. I have an 03 Elantra with a manual 5 speed - best
mileage to date has been 34 and that tank included a little city driving.
The Corolla, not the new one, has a gas sipping low hp engine, and does
indeed get impressive mileage. I've only driven one, a rental for a
week, and the mileage was truly amazing, went forever on a tank, the
needle moving slower than a snail. But it's going to be a couple/few
thousand more than the Elantra, which won't ever be made up in the extra
My 06' Elantra gets 35+ on the highway, and an abysmal 20-21 in solid
stop and go driving. Mixed is 27, about what most others get.
I've decided I shouldn't complain about the mileage any more, if I want a
car that -in the city- gets -great-, not good, great mileage, a hybrid
Civic or Prius is the only way to go. Then feel great about the mileage,
and ignore the $$$$ extra.
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