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2014 5-Year Cost to Own Awards: Best Compact Car

2014 Toyota Corolla

Best Compact Car:
2014 Toyota Corolla

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.

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5-Year Cost to Own:

$30,571
as of December 13, 2013

2nd Place Finisher
2014 Hyundai Veloster

2014 Hyundai Veloster

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.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$31,739
as of December 13, 2013

3rd Place Finisher
2014 Scion xB

2014 Scion xB

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.

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5-Year Cost to Own:
$32,573
as of December 13, 2013

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See the previous Winners of these Awards: 2013 | 2012

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