No direct rival offers all-wheel drive (you’d have to spend far more to get an Audi A3), so if wintry conditions or rough roads are part of your normal driving routine, the buck stops here.
But for most of us, the Honda Civic is the class leader with its comfortable interior, impressive power, and attractive styling.
The Mazda 3 offers more road feedback and handling verve, but it’s tight inside and its infotainment is a big step behind.
Refinement is the Chevrolet Cruze’s forte and it offers a high-mpg diesel, but it’s just a lot of fun.
So too the Hyundai Elantra, which is priced right but is short on personality.
Ford’s Focus delivers lots of driving pleasure, but it’s very dated and is light on safety tech.
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|27 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy|
|N/A||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|N/A||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars|
|N/A||4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SM||S Sedan||LX Manual||SE 2.0L Manual (Ulsan)||Sport Manual|
|N/A||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|N/A||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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