2013 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2013 Toyota Corolla
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2013 Toyota Corolla carries through with a very familiar economy-car formula, only Toyota has added so much comfort and space over the years that it now feels a lot like what the Camry used to be.

While it's competent in all areas, it simply lacks much design flair, driving excitement, or flair compared to many of its rivals.

The Hyundai Elantra has a stronger feature list than the Corolla and a bit more for the money; though like the Corolla the Elantra is even a bit 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.

Honda is giving its Civic lineup a mid-cycle refresh already in 2013, which should amount to a spruced-up interior, a more Accord-like exterior, and an expanded feature set.

Only Nissan has taken a route similar to Toyota with the Corolla, with the latest Sentra very much geared toward space, value, and fuel economy rather than sportiness.

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2013 Toyota Corolla fits the transportation needs of those who want a comfortable, safe, and very low-cost vehicle that will be long-term dependable; those who crave any driving excitement should look elsewhere.
7.8
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, comfort, and safety in a compact sedan—although it's missing the fun-to-drive edge of some other models.
8.0
The 2013 Honda Civic takes a step back in the right direction with an impressive feature set, a sophisticated new look, and much-improved refinement.
8.4
Civic who? Corolla what? The Hyundai Elantra's one of the new standard bearers in the compact class, with 38-mpg fuel economy, better safety, and class-leading standard features.
8.2
The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
7.2
The 2013 Nissan Sentra looks poised to become more of a 'premium' compact sedan, emphasizing spaciousness, comfort, and features over outright sportiness.
MSRP From     
$16,230$17,130$18,165$16,695$16,700$15,990
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
CompactMidsize CarsCompact CarsMidsize carsCompactCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan Manual i SV4-Door Sedan I4 Manual S
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/A4N/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SedanSedanSedanSedanSedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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