2010 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2010 Toyota Corolla
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2010 Toyota Corolla is competent in most areas, but strong rivals like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, and Mazda3 are similar in price and perform better overall.

The Hyundai Elantra is an especially good value compared to the Toyota, as is Hyundai's larger Sonata when compared with the $22,000 Corolla XRS.

The Nissan Sentra has better style and a better backseat, while the Mazda3 is the zippiest of all, especially as the MazdaSpeed3.

Other vehicles worth a look include the Mitsubishi Lancer and the Honda Fit.

2010 Toyota Corolla2010 Toyota Corolla
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2008 Nissan Sentra 4-door Sedan Man SE-R Spec V Open Doors2008 Nissan Sentra
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Quick Specs
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The 2010 Toyota Corolla has two different personalities: a bare-basic entry-level model and the sporty—but pricey—Corolla XRS.
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The 2008 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have a lot of personality, but it’s the undeniable practical choice.
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
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The 2008 Nissan Sentra is worth a drive, but its CVT may turn off some buyers.
MSRP From   
$15,450$13,970$13,895$16,140
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
CompactMid-SizeCompactCompact
Style Name   
4-Door Sedan Manual (SE)4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan I4 CVT 2.0
Drivetrain   
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
5555
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission   
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2010 Toyota Corolla vs. 2008 Hyundai Elantra2010 Toyota Corolla vs. 2008 Mazda MAZDA32010 Toyota Corolla vs. 2008 Nissan Sentra