2008 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2008 Toyota Corolla 4-door Sedan Auto S (Natl) Side Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The compact sedan class includes some top-drawer competition.

The class leader is the Honda Civic; in sedan form, it has very modern styling with a unique two-level dash that’s controversial, but its handling is good, as is fuel economy.

A hybrid version is available.

The Mazda3 has the best handling in the class, but it’s a little tight on rear-seat room.

The Ford Focus has an ungainly new style, but fuel economy is good and the 2008 version has a wealth of new features, including Ford’s SYNC entertainment controller.

2008 Toyota Corolla 4-door Sedan Auto S (Natl) Side Exterior View2008 Toyota Corolla
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2008 Ford Focus 4-door Sedan SE Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Focus
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2008 Mazda MAZDA3 s Sport *Ltd Avail*2008 Mazda MAZDA3
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2004 Honda Civic 2-door Coupe EX Auto Side Exterior View2004 Honda Civic Classic
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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2008 Toyota Corolla may be aging, but it’s aging well—though its engine can sound a little raspy.
7.2
The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
7.8
The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From   
$14,405$14,395$13,895$13,010
Gas Mileage   
26 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
CompactCompactCompactCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Manual CE (Natl)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*Classic 4-Door Sedan DX Manual
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
Detailed Spec Comparison
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