Compared: 2024 Toyota Corolla Hatchback vs. 2024 Honda HR-V
The Corolla Hatchback's sporty styling faces off against the HR-V's family-friendly practicality.
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The humble hatchback could be the biggest unsung hero of the automotive industry. Small and economical yet still practical and roomy, a hatchback can be tough to beat as a family vehicle.
The 2024 Honda HR-V crossover, for example, offers available all-wheel drive (AWD), a healthy amount of ground clearance, and a sizable interior — perfect for day-to-day adventures. And while the HR-V might be more capable overall, the 2024 Toyota Corolla Hatchback makes a solid case for combining all that practicality with a fun driving experience.
Toyota brought this five-door Corolla body style to North America in 2018; its aggressive styling and performance-oriented features are reminiscent of the hot hatches of years gone by.
The Toyota Corolla Costs Less to Start Than the Honda HR-V
Between these two hatch-equipped Japanese crossovers, the Corolla is just a bit easier on the wallet. Its trim range starts with the $24,000 SE, while the entry-level HR-V LX starts at $25,000. An AWD upgrade is available on any version of the HR-V for an additional $1,500, which is something the Corolla Hatchback can't match. All of its trims are front-wheel drive.
Although both vehicles are propelled by similar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, the sportier Corolla manages to squeeze out just a few additional horses: Toyota says the Corolla produces 169 horsepower, while Honda clocks the HR-V at a slightly more modest 158.
Honda's HR-V Is More Spacious Than the Corolla Hatchback
The HR-V's features mirror its more adventurous disposition. It boasts an elevated ground clearance — upward of 7 inches, compared with the Corolla's 5.1 — and significantly more interior cargo room: 24.4 cubic-feet behind the rear seats, compared with the Corolla's 17.8 cu-ft. On the other hand, the Corolla Hatchback leans into its motorsports-based influences, with available performance features such as paddle shifters and a rear spoiler.
The Toyota also offers an optional JBL audio system; the Honda doesn't have a branded option. The Nightshade trim, meanwhile, with its slick black-painted top and bronze wheels, gives the Corolla Hatchback an even more modern look.
The Toyota Corolla Should Use Less Fuel Than the Honda HR-V
The Corolla Hatchback can achieve an estimated 32/41/35 mpg city/highway/combined, per the EPA. That gives it a healthy lead over the 2024 HR-V, with its estimated 26/32/28 mpg. Optional AWD cuts the Honda's rating to an estimated 25/30/27 mpg.