2011 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2011 Toyota Corolla
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Toyota Corolla is competent in most areas, but strong rivals like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Mazda3 are similar in price and perform better overall.

The Hyundai Elantra is an especially good value compared to the Toyota.

The Nissan Sentra has better style and a better backseat, while the Mazda3 is the zippiest of all.

Other vehicles worth a look include the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Honda Fit.

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The 2011 Toyota Corolla is spacious, safe, and well-equipped; but if you're looking for excitement or inspiration, it's not here.
7.2
The 2011 Honda Civic is still a standout for its perky driving feel and responsiveness, but in most other respects it's no longer so impressive.
8.2
38 mpg; a sleek, sophisticated look; and even more value for the money confirm that this little sedan has officially left the Corolla in the dust.
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The 2011 Mazda3 provides more driving enjoyment than most other small-car models, along with a stylish, racy look; but with a tight, noisy cabin, it’s not without compromise.
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The 2010 Nissan Sentra looks plain on the outside and is only offered in one body style, but there's a lot to love for shoppers who value a comfortable, well-appointed interior.
MSRP From    
$15,900$15,805$14,945$15,800$16,060
Gas Mileage    
26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
CompactCompactMid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)4-Door Manual DX4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Ulsan Plant) *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan I4 Manual 2.0
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/A4N/AN/A
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual