2014 Toyota Corolla Versus Rivals: By The Numbers

The Toyota Corolla has long been one of the bestselling models in its class, but how will the new car stack up in the crowded compact sedan segment? To see, we pitted the 2014 Toyota Corolla sedan’s specifications against those of its closest rivals.

As the chart below reveals, the segment is relatively homogenous. Four-cylinder engines of 1.8- to 2.0-liters dominate, and all the cars are within a few inches of one anothers’ dimensions. The 2014 Toyota Corolla has grown slightly, so it is now one of the longest entries — only the Volkswagen Jetta and Dodge Dart are longer. In terms of height and width, though, the 2014 Toyota Corolla is about average for the segment.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla also is solidly average in terms of power. Although the Dodge Dart, Focus Focus, and Volkswagen Jetta offer more powerful engines, most entries in the compact sedan segment tend to produce 130-140 hp. The Corolla’s base engine has the same output as the outgoing car, at 132 hp and 128 lb-ft, but the optional Valvematic engine offers an extra eight horsepower, albeit at the expense of two pound-feet of torque.

Of course, Toyota hasn’t yet divulged two of the most important numbers for this car class: pricing and fuel economy. Compact sedan buyers tend to value those numbers highly, so we imagine the 2014 Toyota Corolla will be priced to fit in with the segment average cost. It’s likely to achieve as much as 40 mpg, too, so as to match up with the thriftiest entries in this list.

See our chart below for a more thorough look at how the 2014 Toyota Corolla stacks up against its competition.

Engine Power Transmissions Opt. Engine Power Transmissions L (in) W H
2014 Toyota Corolla 1.8L I-4 132 hp, 128 lb-ft 6spM, CVT, 4spA 1.8L I-4 140 hp, 126 lb-ft CVT 182.6 69.9 57.3
2012 Toyota Corolla 1.8L I-4 132 hp, 128 lb-ft 4spA, 5spM, 5spA 180.0 69.4 57.7
2013 Chevrolet Cruze 1.8L I-4 138 hp, 125 lb-ft 6spM, 6spA 1.4L turbo I-4 138 hp, 148 lb-ft 6spM, 6spA 181.0 70.7 58.1
2013 Dodge Dart 2.0L I-4 160 hp, 148 lb-ft 6spM, 6spA 1.4L turbo I-4 160 hp, 184 lb-ft 6spM, 6spDCT 183.9 72.0 57.7
2013 Honda Civic 1.8L I-4 140 hp, 128 lb-ft 5spM, 5spA 179.4 69.0 56.5
2013 Hyundai Elantra 1.8L I-4 148 hp, 131 lb-ft 6spM, 6spA 178.3 69.9 56.5
2013 Mazda 3 2.0L I-4 148 hp, 135 lb-ft 5spM, 5spA 2.0L I-4 155 hp, 148 lb-ft 6spM, 6spA 180.9 69.1 57.9
2013 Nissan Sentra 1.8L I-4 130 hp, 128 lb-ft 6spM, CVT 182.1 69.3 58.9
2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0L flat-4 148 hp, 145 lb-ft 5spM, CVT 180.3 68.5 57.7
2013 VW Jetta 2.0L I-4 115 hp, 125 lb-ft 5spM, 6spA 2.5L I-5 170 hp, 177 lb-ft 5spM, 6spA 182.5 70.0 57.2
2014 Ford Focus 2.0L I-4 160 hp, 146 lb-ft 5spM, 6spDCT 178.5 71.8 57.7
2014 Kia Forte 1.8L I-4 148 hp, 131 lb-ft 6spM, 6spA 2.0L I-4 173 hp, 154 lb-ft 6spA 179.5 70.1 56.5

Sources: Toyota, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Subaru, Volkswagen

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By Jake Holmes