You’ve got a lot of shopping ahead of you if you’re after a compact sedan or hatchback.
We like the Honda Civic for its all-around competency and its excellent driving dynamics, but don’t count out the pleasing Chevrolet Cruze.
Enthusiasts will want to check out the Mazda 3 for its sporty demeanor and upscale interior, but it can get pricey with options.
The Nissan Sentra is below average in most ways but is often heavily discounted and may be worth a look.
Finally, the Volkswagen Jetta isn’t quite as European as its name suggests, but it is refined and powerful.
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|2018 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings||2018 Chevrolet CruzeBrowse Used Listings||2018 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2018 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2018 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings||2018 Volkswagen JettaBrowse Used Listings|
|27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||27 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy||19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Turbocharged Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Compact Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars|
|L CVT (GS)||4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SM||S Sedan||LX Manual||Sport Manual||1.4T S Manual|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|CVT w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2018 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Chevrolet Cruze||2018 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Ford Focus||2018 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Honda Civic||2018 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Mazda MAZDA3||2018 Toyota Corolla vs. 2018 Volkswagen Jetta|