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 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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|27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)||4-Door Sedan Manual L||4-Door Sedan S||2-Door Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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