2019 Toyota Corolla vs Competitors


While other vehicle styles may be trending right now, with utility vehicles at the height of their popularity, compact sedans remain the best choice for many people. Besides simple personal preference for a smaller vehicle, other reasons buyers choose small four-door cars can be budget restrictions, fuel efficiency, and the lack of a need to transport cargo. As such, car manufacturers have continued updating their compact sedans in order to keep their buyers happy while staying in step with the competition.

An icon in this class is the Toyota Corolla, as it has long upheld a stellar reputation for its reliability, affordability, and low cost of ownership. The Corolla is not without its competition though, as vehicles such as the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3, and Volkswagen Jetta are all vying for a position at the top of compact-car shoppers’ lists.





Fuel Economy and Pricing

Great fuel economy and affordable pricing are two of the best qualities of compact sedans, and the Corolla delivers on both fronts. It beats the Mazda3, for example, in gas mileage, with an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway, whereas the Mazda3 only delivers an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. And that’s on top of the Mazda3’s higher starting MSRP of $21,000, which is $2,300 more than the Corolla’s base price ($18,700). The Honda Civic, which is considered the Corolla’s biggest competitor, is also inferior in fuel economy (25 mpg city/36 mpg highway) and starting MSRP ($19,450).

Standard Features

Although the Corolla and its competitors are the most affordable sedans within their respective manufacturer lineups, the Corolla offers plenty of standard features up front that its competitors do not. Let’s compare the base trim of the Corolla to the base trim of the Chevy Cruze. The Cruze only features a four-speaker audio system while the Corolla provides one with six, for better audio enjoyment. More importantly, the Corolla’s base model includes the Toyota Safety Sense bundle of standard active safety features (forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, lane departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high beams). The Cruze, on the other hand, doesn’t feature any active safety features with its base trim; those features are only available through optional packages for higher trims. The VW Jetta is likewise sparsely equipped with its base trim, which like the Cruze includes a four-speaker audio system and no standard active safety features.

Safety Features and Technology

Of all the sedans mentioned here, none holds a candle to the Corolla’s NHTSA five-star safety rating. The only sedan that comes close is the Hyundai Elantra, with an NHTSA safety rating of four stars. This should come as no surprise as time and again Toyota ensures that their vehicles are not put on sale unless they provide the utmost in safety, quality, and reliability.