The Toyota Corolla used to be the gold standard among compact sedans.
It’s never been a very impressive performer, but in more recent years its stark interior appointments and hard, dull plastics have dragged it to the back of the pack.
The Kia Forte feels somewhat sportier than the Elantra but not quite as tight and refined inside.
While the Forte is a product of the same parent company, it’s a half-generation behind the Elantra in some respects—and assembled at a different facility altogether.
The Volkswagen Jetta, which is was redesigned for 2011, now has a standard 115-hp four-cylinder engine that’s sluggish yet doesn’t return impressive fuel economy either.
The Ford Focus is quite well-equipped and drives better than it looks (it’s due to be replaced next year), while the all-new Chevrolet Cruze has an especially roomy interior and an especially refined, mature feel; it can also come with an EPA highway rating of up to 42 mpg in Cruze Eco trim.
|2011 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2011 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2011 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2011 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings||2011 Volkswagen Jetta SedanBrowse Used Listings|
|28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)||4-Door Manual|
|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|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual|