TOP PICK: 2013 Toyota Corolla (base, MT)
STARTING PRICE: $16,230
OVERALL SCORE: 70/100
BEST IN CLASS: Fuel economy (small sedan), value.
HIGHS: Fuel economy, ride, quiet interior, turning circle, controls, crash-test results, reliability.
LOWS: Steering feel, fit and finish.
CONSUMER REPORTS SAYS: The Corolla is a good small sedan, although it is rather bland. The 1.8-liter engine is relatively quiet and responsive. By the standards of the small-car class the Corolla has a comfortable ride. Handling is sound and secure. The interior is put together well, although hard plastic panels and trim abound. We got a very impressive 7.35 L/100KM overall in our test of the 1.8-liter equipped with both automatic and manual transmissions, one of the most frugal among nonhybrids or nondiesel sedans.TOP COMPETITORS
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