Even a few years into its current design, the Honda Civic is a wise choice thanks to its wide range of engines and body styles.
The Mazda 3 is hampered in hatchback form by a thick roof pillar, but handles well and adds a turbo-4 this year.
The VW Jetta has a spacious interior with a refined engine and a strong warranty.
Hyundai's Elantra remains a good choice for its value and refinement, but a new one’s on the way later this year.
The similar Kia Forte has a handsome shape and excellent warranty coverage, too.
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|2021 Toyota Corolla|
#3 in Compact CarsGet Your Price
|2021 Honda Civic|
#3 in Compact Cars
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|28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||N/A||N/A||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4|
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|CVT w/OD||N/A||N/A||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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