The Honda Civic's quick revamp put it right back in the thick of the compact-car hunt.
It's more attuned to competitors like the Chevrolet Cruze, which feels more refined and sophisticated than its low price tag might suggest, though it lacks much driving excitement.
The Hyundai Elantra is also one of the best-equipped vehicles in this class, and the sedan gets an EPA-rated 38 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.
The Kia Forte is new for 2014, with a handsome look and better handling, but low scores on recent IIHS crash tests.
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|22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded H-4|
|Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual LS||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Manual 2.0i|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|