2021 Toyota Corolla vs. Its Competition

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

2021 Toyota Corolla Apex Edition2021 Toyota Corolla
2021 Honda Civic2021 Honda Civic
2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Kia Forte2021 Kia Forte
2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo2021 Mazda MAZDA3
2021 Volkswagen Jetta2021 Volkswagen Jetta
Quick Specs
With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.
The 2021 Kia Forte is a value-packed compact sedan, one that’s a half-step behind the class leaders.
The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a no-frills compact with good value. Saving money never goes out of style.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Compact CarsLarge CarsMidsize CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
L CVT (SE)LX CVTSE IVT SULEV *Ltd Avail*FE Manual2.0 FWDS Manual
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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