2018 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2018 Toyota Corolla
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

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 Chevrolet Cruze Hatchback Redline2018 Chevrolet Cruze
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2018 Ford Focus RS Limited Edition2018 Ford Focus
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Quick Specs
Perfectly average in every way, the Toyota Corolla is thoroughly competent, but not at all interesting.
The 2018 Chevy Cruze offers lots of compelling reasons to select it, but we’d like to see more safety tech on its standard equipment roster.
The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.
The 2018 Honda Civic is a good car made better by plenty of options and value at nearly every stop.
The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider.
The 2018 Volkswagen Jetta is a competent, comfortable sedan, but it’s light on personality and feels a little old against fresh-faced rivals.
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Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
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L CVT (GS)4-Door Sedan 1.4L L w/1SMS SedanLX ManualSport Manual1.4T S Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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