The Civic and Corolla used to be the segment leaders among inexpensive compact sedans, but just over the past two to three model years everything's changed with the entrance of several excellent models.
The Kia Forte is one of the oldest in this segment now, yet it's still a good choice with a strong feature list and perky driving feel.
Then there's the Chevrolet Cruze, which feels more refined and sophisticated than its low price tag might suggest.
The Hyundai Elantra is also one of the best-equipped vehicles in this class, and all versions get an EPA 40 mpg highway.
Meanwhile the Ford Focus might be the best-driving vehicle in this class, with excellent handling and a firm but comfortable ride—plus a bold, nicely styled interior.
Also in the mix is the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta, though the Jetta suffers from the same somewhat de-styled, de-contented syndrome as the Civic.
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