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See the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla in the Ultimate Dad Car Drag Race

The 2024 dad car race you didn't know you needed to see is finally here! Today, we're jumping over to the Canadian wilderness scene, where three family cars duke it out on a lovely stretch of patched-up tarmac road in the middle of nowhere. We have the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla. Which one will take home the prize? Let's find out.
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Photo: Sam CarLegion
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First up, we have the Honda Civic hatchback with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine that can produce 158 hp or 160 ps with 138 lb-ft (187 Nm) of torque. It's FWD with a CVT and weighs 2,956 lbs. or 1,340 kg.

In the good ol' U.S. of A., the LX hatchback version costs $24,950. The Sport package costs $26,350, the 180 hp turbocharged EX-L starts at $28,650, and the Sport Touring will set you back at least $31,450.

Next, we have the elegant Hyundai Elantra equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-four engine that can produce 147 hp (149 ps) and 132 lb-ft or 179 Nm of torque. It's FWD also and weighs 2,895 lbs.

The SE package for the Elantra starts at $21,475. For the SEL with a touchscreen display and other gimmicks, you'll have to cough up $23,425, while the Limited edition will run you for at least $26,915.

Finally, we reach one of the all-time greats, the Toyota Corolla (hybrid version). Instead of the 2.0-liter 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque from the non-hybrid model, this one has a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that, when combined with its other eco-friendly tech, produces 138 hp (140 ps) with 156 lb-ft (211 Nm) of torque.

It's AWD but also the heaviest of the bunch, weighing in at 3,218 lbs. The Hybrid LE model starts at $24,900, the Hybrid XLE costs $27,250, and the Hybrid Nightshade goes for $28,340.

Now it's time to put these dad bods on wheels in motion and see who did what and, more precisely... to whom. The Corolla and Elantra went for a classic 1v1, and the winner would race the Civic.

The Elantra came out on top after a couple of drag races. It accelerated from 0-60 in 8.2 seconds and finished the 1/4-mile in 16.4 seconds. The Toyota hit 60 mph in 8.8 seconds and crossed the finish line in 16.8 seconds. Not a colossal difference, those 0.4 seconds, but it was enough for the Hyundai to go on into the second round.

Behind the wheel of the Civic is Sam from the SamCarlegion YouTube channel who drove it to absolute glory. The Honda hit 60 mph in 8 seconds flat and did the 1/4-mile in 16.0 seconds. The Elantra reached 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and finished in 16.5 seconds.

When it comes to cars, beauty is always in the eyes of the beholder, but if you're shopping for a family-friendly sedan, you might as well take a good look at the fastest one out there.

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About the author: Codrin Spiridon
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Codrin just loves American classics, from the 1940s and ‘50s, all the way to the muscle cars of the '60s and '70s. In his perfect world, we'll still see Hudsons and Road Runners roaming the streets for years to come (even in EV form, if that's what it takes to keep the aesthetic alive).
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