If stellar fuel economy, strong brand reliability, and standard advanced safety features are high on your checklist, the Corolla Hybrid could be the choice for you. It gets an impressive 48 mpg overall.
We also tested the non-hybrid Corolla, which achieved a competitive 33 mpg overall. Both versions tackle corners more skillfully than the Corolla did before, thanks to well-weighted steering and limited body lean. Plus, the sharper driving character doesn't come at the expense of ride quality; the Corolla soaks up bumps with the best in the class.
But beyond competent handling, these Corollas do little to raise a driver's pulse. Both versions we tested were dismally slow, and their engines were loud and raspy. The continuously variable transmission can cause the engine to rev annoyingly high during even mild bursts of acceleration, which amplifies the engine noise. Corolla SE and XSE trims get a more powerful engine that is more responsive and less stressed.