2017 Toyota Corolla

The 2017 Toyota Corolla vs. The 2016 Honda Civic, 2016 Ford Focus, and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra

It’s not easy being the best-selling compact car in Canada - the Toyota Corolla has to compete with a variety of other compact cars that are desperate to take its crown. The latest bunch to challenge the Corolla are the 2016 Honda Civic, the 2016 Ford Focus, and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra - all of which are laden with luxury and tech meant to take down Toyota.
So can the recently revised 2017 Toyota Corolla hold onto its crown? Or is time for a new champion of the compact sedan segment to rise? Mayfield Toyota find out…

Let's break it down:

  Toyota Corolla Honda Civic Ford Focus Hyundai Elantra
  Toyota Corolla Honda Civic Ford Focus Hyundai Elantra
MSRP $16,290 $16,155 $17,199 $15,999
Fuel Economy 8.3 City, 6.5
Hwy L/100km
8.8 City, 5.9
Hwy L/100km
(Manual drive)
9.2 City, 6.6 
Hwy L/100km
8.3 City, 6.4 
Hwy L/100km
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection Yes, standard Optional No Optional
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist Yes, standard Optional Optional Optional
Cruise Control Yes, standard Optional Optional Optional
Power Windows and Power Door Locks Yes, standard Yes, standard Optional Optional
Power-Adjustable, Colour Keyed Heated Mirrors Yes, standard Yes, standard Optional Optional

The 2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Toyota Corolla

The timing of this test couldn’t be much better for the Corolla, as it’s just recently undergone a revision to make it even more competitive. The result is even better looking Corolla, with a sharper front facia that mimics the look of its bigger brother is Camry. The new Corolla also features items like a 6.1-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth integration, MP3 compatibility, and even voice recognition all work in concert to make your daily commute as easy as possible. Plus, the advanced Toyota Safety System (TSS) now comes standard, making the Corolla one of the safest compact cars available!

The 2016 Honda Civic

2016 Honda Civic

The new Civic is a great effort by Honda, with a new look and a new interior packed with technology. However, the Civic still falls short in a couple areas: its touchscreen isn’t standard, but rather an optional extra; the more efficient 1.5L turbo engine is also an extra, as is the advanced safety features that Honda touts. All told it’s a good effort, but not quite enough to dethrone the Corolla.

The 2016 Ford Focus

2016 Ford Focus

While perhaps the oldest dog in this group, the Focus still puts up a good fight. The Focus ST and RS both offer exciting drives, but for the average driver, the Focus lags behind. The Corolla achieves better fuel economy without resorting to an underpowered 1.0L engine, and the base SYNC system has been heavily criticized for being very user unfriendly. The end result is a compact sedan that looks good and drives well, but ultimately lacks the well-rounded practicality of the Corolla.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra

A relative newcomer to this market, Hyundai has made great strides to improve their vehicles since they first arrived in the North American market. The Elantra represents their latest effort, and it enters the fight with unusual good looks, and plenty of bang for your buck. But does it hold up under pressure? Sadly not; first off its low base price is for a stripped-out manual-only version, and its reliability is still lacks compared to Toyota’s. A great effort, but Hyundai needs a few more years to work on its products.

The Conclusion

In the end, the 2017 Toyota Corolla maintains its crown - though not without a fight. While its combination of an affordable base price, plethora of standard safety technology, and unflappable Toyota reliability make it the winner this day, you can rest assured that the competition won’t be standing still. To explore everything the 2017 Toyota Corolla has to offer, come to Mayfield Toyota in Edmonton, AB. We offer plenty of of Corolla’s for customers from St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, and other surrounding communities.