2019 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

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Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

The Honda Civic spans a broad range of powertrains and body configurations, and most rank highly among their respective competitors thanks to their powertrains and space.

The new Civic is more spacious than the Corolla and likely more efficient with fuel, although it may cost more.

The Chevy Cruze is available in a hatchback and with a diesel engine, but its price far exceeds the Corolla.

The Focus is old and on its way out the door with a crossover replacement due next year, but it’s often discounted and is fun to drive.

The Elantra and Mazda3 are both entertaining to drive, although the Mazda has a better interior and the Elantra has a better turbo powertrain than the Corolla.

A new Mazda3 arrives late in the model year.

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Quick Specs
The 2019 Toyota Corolla is a fun choice as a hatchback, but we’d skip the sedan in favor of its competitors.
The 2019 Chevrolet Cruze gains some good content, but its advanced safety tech should be more accessible.
Safety upgrades this year make the 2019 Honda Civic as compelling as ever.
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra delivers good handling and a lot of value for the money.
The 2019 Mazda 3 keeps the zoom, but all-wheel-drive practicality and a vastly upgraded interior make it much more than that.
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.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
27 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 48 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Turbocharged Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
L CVT (GS)4-Door Sedan LLX CVTSE ManualFWDS Sedan
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
CVT w/ODAutomaticCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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