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.

Blue Toyota Corolla hatchback on top of a split image with a gray Honda HR-V on the bottom Toyota | Honda


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.

Gray Honda HR-V parked in front of a sunsetHonda

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.

Two people load a chair into a gray Honda HR-V's rear cargo areaHonda

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.

White Toyota Corolla parked in front of movie theaterToyota

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.

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Brennan Sullivan
Brennan Sullivan is a writer and lifelong car fanatic. With an appreciation for all makes and models, Brennan is particularly passionate about the rich history of the automotive industry. In his spare time, he's the caretaker of a 1962 Sunbeam Alpine, and a Golden Retriever named Willow.