2015 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2015 Toyota Corolla L
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

With its redesign this past year, the Toyota Corolla hardly broke into new ground; but it did become a much better-rounded entry, with more features, a far more striking design, and a more comfortable interior.

The Mazda3 is pretty much the polar opposite in this field, emphasizing fun-to-drive qualities and a more daring design over interior space.

The Ford Focus also is one of the best handlers in this class and emphasizes technology options.

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

The Chevrolet Cruze is offered with a turbo-diesel engine that has an impressive 46-mpg highway rating.

And then there's the Honda Civic, which remains the top rival to the Corolla; between the two it's a tough call, and while we like the way the Civic drives somewhat better, we think the Corolla's new infotainment systems are superior.

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Quick Specs
7.6
The 2015 Toyota Corolla maintains its reputation for low running costs and frugality, but there's not a lot more beyond that, to make this a very appealing lineup.
7.6
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze might now be one of the oldest designs in its class, but it remains one of the strongest entries -- especially for those focused on comfort, practicality, and fuel-efficiency.
8.6
The 2015 Ford Focus lineup gets a clean new look for 2015, as well as a high-mileage three-cylinder engine option and revamped cabin comforts. From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, it remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
7.8
The 2015 Honda Civic is refined, comfortable, and offers top-notch safety ratings and features.
8.2
Snappy sheetmetal and smart packaging puts the 2015 Hyundai Elantra on most must-drive lists, though it's not as engaging to drive as some compact sedans.
8.6
The 2015 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving small cars, with efficient engines and smooth transmissions that help give it a more premium feel than its price would suggest.
MSRP From     
$16,950$16,170$17,170$18,290$17,250$16,945
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 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 (Natl)4-Door Sedan Manual L4-Door Sedan S2-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     
SedanSedanSedanCoupeSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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