From a long-term value perspective, the Toyota Corolla has it all: attractive pricing, low maintenance and repair costs, and renowned resale value. But the Corolla has also been totally redesigned for 2014, and it's now roomier and more stylish than ever - and a 5-Year Cost to Own champion.
But even if the look is sportier, comfort remains a Corolla strong suit. From the accommodating front seats to the roomy rear, the Toyota Corolla is an especially appealing compact car for high-mileage road warriors.
When talking about how the Corolla drives, though, it's hard not to talk about its proven reliability, as evidenced in our full review: "The new Corolla won't bring a twisty road to its knees, but it will get you comfortably where you gotta go without adding any fussiness, and it'll do it for a long, long time."
In-car tech is another improvement for Corolla, and even base models include a USB port, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, and Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity, while the available Entune infotainment system is impressively comprehensive.
The 2014 Toyota Corolla starts at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of around $17,500 and tops $24,000 with niceties like a moonroof, navigation system and push-button start. The most popular 2014 Toyota Corolla powertrain is rated to return city/highway fuel economy of 29/38 mpg, but there's a also an Eco model rated at 30/42 mpg.
The best-selling vehicle nameplate the world has ever known — 40 million sold and counting — looks to remain one of the best-selling cars in the country for the foreseeable future.
Big on style, features and value, the Hyundai Veloster delivers coupe-like proportions with the added convenience of a third door and a large hatchback opening.
The Scion xB isn't as boxy as it once was, but it's even more practical thanks to larger dimensions. It also remains a resale value standout.