Toyota Corolla vs Competition

Overview

Now in its eleventh generation, the tried and true Toyota Corolla remains one of the best compact sedans on the market. Backed by Toyota’s long-established reputation for reliability, the 2019 Corolla is one of the safest vehicles in its segment, thanks to smart engineering and extensive active-safety technology. This affordable sedan comes equipped with a great number of standard safety and convenience features, perfectly suiting it for the no-nonsense consumer. The Corolla faces capable competitors such as the Honda Civic, Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, and Nissan Sentra. Below, we’ll look at how the ’19 Corolla stacks against this competitive class of vehicles.

 

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Pricing and Warranty Coverage

The Corolla’s starting MSRP of $18,700 is about average for this class of vehicles. In comparison, the Honda Civic has the highest base price, with a starting MSRP of $19,450. Although the two Korean vehicles, the Elantra and Forte, are standouts in the warranty department, the Corolla is like most vehicles in this class, coming with a 3-year/36,000-mile whole vehicle warranty, 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, 5-year/unlimited-mile anti-corrosion warranty, and 3-year/36,000-mile paint warranty. The Corolla offers a 2-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance benefit, whereas Kia has a mileage restriction.


Performance and Fuel Economy

All Corolla models (except the LE Eco) are equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque; this engine is paired to a continuously variable transmission and front-wheel drive. The LE Eco uses a slightly different 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with Valvematic technology to increase fuel economy. Most of the rival vehicles are equipped with 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, but few vehicles can compare to the LE Eco’s outstanding fuel economy. The Corolla LE Eco delivers an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, which ranks near the top of the class.


Passenger Comfort, Amenities & Safety

The Corolla includes all of the infotainment and convenience features that you would expect in a modern sedan. Toyota’s exclusive Entune Audio infotainment system presents a fine array of features to keep all occupants entertained and connected on the road. The Corolla also has a spacious and comfortable interior, with ample room for cargo. Its rear seat is considerably more spacious than competitor ones, boasting 41.4 inches of leg room, while the Elantra only has a cramped 35.7 inches of rear leg room..

The Corolla and Civic are the only vehicles in this class to receive a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for outstanding results in government-issued crash tests. The Corolla has made two advanced safety systems (Toyota Safety Sense and the Star Safety System) standard on all trims. On the competing vehicles, many of these active safety features, such as lane departure alert with steering assist and the pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, are only available on higher trim levels. Toyota also includes ToyotaCare, a no-cost maintenance plan with roadside assistance.