2009 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2009 Toyota Corolla
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The Honda Civic emerged in 2006 from a redesign with a spacey interior and less backseat room, but with a better sense of style and road feel than the new Corolla.

The Hyundai Elantra's a big bargain compared to the Toyota, as is Hyundai's larger Sonata compared to the $22,000 Corolla XRS.

The Nissan Sentra has jazzier style and a better backseat, while the Mazda3 is the zippiest of all, and it can be tweaked out in turbocharged Mazdaspeed3 form.

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Quick Specs
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The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
MSRP From    
$15,350$13,970$13,895$16,140$13,010
Gas Mileage    
22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactMid-SizeCompactCompactCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual (Natl)4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODCVTManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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