Combining the practicality and frugal fuel economy compact-sedan buyers want with more interior room, upgraded amenities, and a sorely needed shot of style, this generation Corolla is a reasonable alternative to a midsized sedan.
Slightly larger than the outgoing model, Corolla has a surprisingly spacious rear seat with ample leg room. Despite the bump in size, the car remains small enough for easy maneuvering and parking. And, it's one of the best-riding compact sedans we've tested, absorbing bumps with only muted impacts.
Most of these Corollas are powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission. However, the base L version used a four-speed automatic. The CVT delivers 32 mpg overall and stretches highway mpg to 43. Performance was adequate at best.