Toyota Corolla: King of the Compacts

The 2009 Toyota Corolla has been redesigned to offer more power but the same high gas mileage and quality. Too bad it's still so bland

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Fuel economy, decent price, comfort, reliability, available stick shift

The Bad: Unexciting styling, lack of sportiness

The Bottom Line: Toyota should have made its top-selling compact edgier

Up Front

Fuel-efficient compact cars are hot right now, for obvious reasons. However, there's a big question hanging in the air for anyone considering buying a new compact to save on gas: Which is better, the new '09 Toyota (TM) Corolla or the hot-selling but aging Honda (HMC) Civic, which last got a major redesign for the '06 model year?

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