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2016 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2016 Toyota Corolla

Now in its third year, the 2016 Toyota Corolla remains what it has always been: reliable, inexpensive, and somewhat on the bland side—though Toyota's tried to address the latter a bit without compromising the rest of the package.

It's got a crisp, more modern design, a more comfortable interior, and more features.

But even at three, it faces two all-new competitors: this year's Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic promise to offer a tough fight for any buyers willing to look at brands beyond old faithful Toyota.

We haven't yet driven either one, but both feature sportier styling, the very latest in interior finishes and digital integration, and each is likely to do well in a segment that's at best only holding its own.

The Ford Focus is one of the best cars for driving pleasure in this class and it too emphasizes technology options.

The Mazda3 goes even further, focusing on its fun-to-drive qualities and a more daring design over interior space.

The Hyundai Elantra is about to be redesigned as well; the current model has a long warranty and sold well in the segment.

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2016 Chevrolet Cruze2016 Chevrolet Cruze
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2016 Ford Focus Electric2016 Ford Focus
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2016 Hyundai Elantra GT2016 Hyundai Elantra
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2016 Mazda 32016 Mazda MAZDA3
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2015 Honda Civic LX Sedan2015 Honda Civic
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Quick Specs
7.4
The 2016 Toyota Corolla continues to offer reliable, inexpensive transportation—with a bit of flair and new, easy-to-use infotainment systems.
7.6
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze inches closer to mid-size, while growing lighter, leaner, and more fuel-efficient.
8.4
From efficiency-minded models to the high-performance ST, the 2016 Ford Focus remains one of the best-driving small cars on the market.
8.2
Not quite a hot hatch, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT gives up some rear-seat space in the name of cargo room and European style.
8.4
The 2016 Mazda 3 is one of the best-driving and best-looking small cars, with a more premium feel than its (now even lower) price might suggest.
7.8
The 2015 Honda Civic is refined, comfortable, and offers top-notch safety ratings and features.
MSRP From     
$17,300$16,120$17,225$17,250$17,845$18,290
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual L (SE)4-Door Sedan Manual L4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport2-Door Manual LX
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     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanCoupe
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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