The Toyota Corolla has traditionally been the Civic's rival, but in recent redesigns the Corolla has become larger and less sporty.
For those who enjoy driving, the Mazda3 is still the best handling choice in this class, and though its powertrain isn’t quite as great as the one in the Civic, it’s fast.
Yet another good choice is the new Kia Forte; it’s certainly more enjoyable to drive than the soft Corolla, without giving up much if any refinement.
The Hyundai Elantra has been redesigned this year, with 40-mpg highway fuel-efficiency and improvements in comfort and refinement.
And as we write this, the 2012 Ford Focus will soon be reaching dealerships; it's completely new and much improved, with responsive handling, excellent tech equipment, and a more refined ride and interior than most in this class.
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|2011 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2012 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2011 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2011 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2011 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2011 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings|
|21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Manual DX||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Ulsan Plant) *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV||4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|