The 2012 Toyota Corolla is competent in nearly all areas, but many of the alternatives are more distinct for styling, features, or the driving experience--at a comparable price.
The Hyundai Elantra is by many critics the new champ in this segment for value-conscious shoppers, with a stronger feature list than the Corolla and a bit more for the money; though like the Corolla the Elantra is more comfort-oriented.
Comfort-minded shoppers should also consider the new Chevrolet Cruze, which has a great interior that transcends its price and feels almost like a mid-sizer for comfort.
The Honda Civic has been redesigned for 2012, with more of an emphasis on comfort, but it's arguably lost its way on styling and driving excitement.
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