2014 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2014 Toyota Corolla S
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Toyota Corolla has built a reputation based on reliability and low-cost of ownership, but the competition has stepped up its game.

The Mazda3 is new this year; the Ford Focus offers more advanced technology.

The Hyundai Elantra offers an long warranty while the Honda Civic has just enhanced its safety scores.

For 2014 Chevrolet's offering the Cruze with a turbo-diesel engine that has an impressive 46-mpg highway rating.

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Quick Specs
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The 2014 Toyota Corolla keeps its frugal, responsible core but adds a lot more verve.
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The 2014 Chevy Cruze is comfortable and practical--and now it offers a diesel engine that can return 40 mpg in real-world use.
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Even without considering the top-performance ST, the 2014 Ford Focus is one of the best-driving small cars on the market--with the impression of being an accessible premium car, not a spruced-up econobox.
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The 2014 Honda Civic brings better refinement back to the lineup, but there's more to come, we're told.
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The Hyundai Elantra already had the bases covered--we'll see if a new engine and new tuning draws it even closer to best in class.
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The 2014 Mazda 3 stands out from the small-car crowd, with its sport-car-influenced proportions and sporty driving experience; but its tight, noisy cabin means that it’s not at all the best pick for pragmatists.
MSRP From     
$16,800$17,520$16,810$18,390$17,200$16,945
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual L (SE)4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/A4N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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