2022 Honda Civic vs. the Compact-Sedan Competitors

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From the October 2021 difficulty of Automobile and Driver.

The arrival of the Eleventh-generation Honda Civic for 2022 spurred us to take a recent have a look at the world of compact sedans. The market’s mania for crossovers, pickups, and off-roaders of all stripes largely overshadows this phase, however sensible and environment friendly four-doors proceed to serve a fantastic swath of consumers, lots of them first-time new-car house owners.

Choosing a well-equipped model just like the sedans on this check provides you with a degree of fashion, polish, and content material that was unimaginable in starter automobiles of the previous. The democratization of luxurious tools has accelerated, and these small automobiles are the beneficiaries, providing issues like adaptive cruise management, digital instrument clusters, leather-based seats, and wi-fi smartphone mirroring. To get the texture for automotive opulence, dimension small, we gathered six high-spec fashions with a tough goal value of $28,000.

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Redone for ’22, the Civic sedan line culminates within the Touring, which brings a 180-hp turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-four as a substitute of the 158-hp 2.0-liter in decrease trims. The Touring will get leather-based, a 9.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a digital instrument cluster. With a $395 upcharge for Morning Mist Metallic paint, our check automobile stickered at $29,710.

New for 2021, the Elantra sedan is available in quite a few configurations, together with the Hybrid, the sporty N Line, and shortly the even sportier N mannequin. For this check, we grabbed an Elantra Restricted, a loaded model with a 147-hp engine. Hyundai packs the Restricted with a digital instrument cluster, a ten.3-inch infotainment show with navigation, smartphone as key, and the model’s Freeway Drive Help. Add a set of carpeted flooring mats and it rang in at $26,610. Save your letter: We thought-about upgrading to the 201-hp N Line powertrain, however that trim lacks the premium goodies of the Restricted.

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The Mazda 3 equally gives a number of powertrains, together with a price-leader 2.0-liter with 155 horsepower and a 250-hp turbocharged 2.5-liter, however we went with the mainstay of the lineup: a naturally aspirated 2.5-liter 4 with 186 horsepower. The three additionally gives all-wheel drive—uncommon for this phase—and whereas that characteristic will certainly promote within the Snowbelt, it isn’t what we might have most popular right here. (We are going to remind all readers, snowbound or not, {that a} set of winter tires is a greater adverse-weather insurance coverage coverage.) Nevertheless it’s what confirmed up, elevating the as-tested value of our Premium trim by $1400, to $30,140.

The Nissan Sentra lineup is easy by comparability, with a single powertrain—a 149-hp 4 paired with a CVT—and simply three trim ranges. The highest-spec Sentra SR that we invited has a base value that undercuts the others’ by 1000’s of {dollars}, and even after including the SR Premium package deal (a sunroof, heated entrance seats, a heated steering wheel, eight-speaker Bose audio, a surround-view monitoring system, and extra), a Lighting package deal, two-tone paint, and carpeted flooring mats, the feature-filled Sentra was nonetheless the least costly, at $26,010.

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The Toyota Corolla might be had in sedan or hatchback kind with a fuel or hybrid powertrain. Amongst gas-powered ‘Rollas, the 169-hp XSE Apex Version tops the vary and begins at $29,335. We’d have most popular to discipline a daily XSE to save lots of that wheel and suspension package deal’s $2385 premium, however Toyota had solely Apex fashions available.

Consistent with our top-of-the-line theme, we procured the 147-hp Volkswagen Jetta in SEL Premium trim. It comes a method: loaded. Commonplace equipment consists of navigation and leather-wrapped, heated, and ventilated entrance seats. The Jetta SEL Premium carried a sticker value of $29,040.

To search out the king of small automobiles, we set off on the primary huge C/D comparability check of sedans in years.

sixth Place:
2021 Toyota Corolla XSE Apex

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Highs: The Apex Version’s head-turning styling, the underlying automobile’s presumed reliability.
Lows:
The Apex Version’s unpolished chassis tuning, the beneath­mendacity automobile’s uninspired powertrain.
Verdict:
Normally it takes an aftermarket tuner to screw up a suspension this badly.

Regardless of its title, the Apex paradoxically represents the nadir of the lineup, a minimum of to us. Out there on the SE and XSE, it consists of a blackout-trim package deal, a sport-tuned exhaust, and a stiffer suspension with a decrease journey peak meant to enhance dealing with. The Apex makeover had the Corolla turning heads at a number of of our driver swaps—sure, actually.

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The Corolla’s Apex package deal makes it a looker, however the suspension and exhaust mods erode its in any other case refined demeanor. Comfy seats match huge and small staffers alike.

Assistant technical editor Maxwell B. Mortimer, who stands out as the staffer most definitely to get pleasure from an unmuffled automobile, wrote, “The game-tuned exhaust solely accentuates the gritty drone that the engine emits.” That engine is a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter that makes 169 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. Commonplace within the SE, XSE, and Nightshade Version, the two.0-liter is a step up from the bottom 139-hp 1.8-liter. Even so, it is buzzy and a bit underpowered. The Toyota’s 8.2-second trot to 60 mph was the second slowest of the group, as was its quarter-mile time of 16.4 seconds.

At freeway speeds, the slightest throttle provocation causes the CVT to decrease the drive ratio, which in flip causes the revs to leap and the engine to moan. “You are by no means distant from the drone zone,” famous testing director Dave VanderWerp.

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The Apex’s suspension tuning, although, is what tripped up the Corolla. The automobile’s 0.86-g skidpad grip falls in the course of the pack, and the Corolla resists physique roll higher than among the different automobiles right here. However stiff springs and damping left it unsettled, crashing over bumps on two-lane roads, and gave it a busy, nearly frenetic freeway journey.

There have been some positives. The driving force’s seat garnered reward from staffers of a number of physique sorts, and the infotainment system is straightforward to make use of, incomes further factors for its capacity to show a number of capabilities without delay. The inside is not very roomy, although, and suffers from a dearth of in-cabin stowage. The steeply raked windshield places the A-pillars annoyingly near the motive force’s head too. Our advice to Toyota followers searching for an econosedan: Skip the Apex.

fifth Place:
2021 Nissan Sentra SR

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Highs: SR trim seems to be sporty however not tacky, active-safety options come customary, nice worth—and never simply because it is cheap.
Lows:
Poky acceleration, journey and dealing with do not rise above midpack.
Verdict:
The Sentra shouldn’t be unhealthy, however rivals are higher.

As of the present era, the Sentra is not completely a rental proposition. It boasts an eye catching look that apes the Maxima’s, a considerably upgraded cabin, and an intensive characteristic set that features numerous active-safety objects as stand­ard. For all that, the Sentra continues to be extremely inexpensive, with our SR boasting the bottom base and as-tested costs on this check.

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A rich-looking inside packed filled with fascinating options is yours for a low value, however the Sentra’s CVT computerized and boring engine have it consuming the opposite small sedans’ mud.

Slip into the Sentra and the inside feels ethereal. The important thing contact factors are properly padded, the controls are effectively laid out, and the infotainment system is straightforward to function. However the execution is not on the degree of the most effective right here, and a few discovered the motive force’s seat comparatively flat and unsupportive, although the rear seats have been deemed comfy.

In contrast with the final gen, the most recent Sentra has wider entrance and rear tracks, and an unbiased rear suspension replaces the outdated automobile’s torsion-beam setup. The automobile tied with the Elantra for highest skidpad grip and managed the shortest stopping distance, a hat tip to its Hankook Kinergy GT tires. However its steering really feel, dealing with, and journey fell behind the leaders. Mortimer acknowledged that on the dealing with loop, “the Sentra tucks into turns precisely and with stunning willingness,” however the automobile actually is happier in day-to-day commuting than on enjoyable roads.

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Total, the Sentra’s fifth-place end might be blamed on its powertrain: a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine paired with a CVT. Though its 149 ponies make all of it however tied for least highly effective with the Volkswagen and Hyundai, the Nissan got here in final in all our acceleration assessments, sauntering to 60 mph in 8.9 seconds, 0.7 second behind the next-slowest automobile, the Corolla. On the identical time, the Sentra’s gasoline economic system was solely middling.

Loads to like for the cash, Nissan’s Sentra does its job effectively. 4 of the opposite sedans, nevertheless, do the job higher.

4th Place:
2021 Hyundai Elantra Restricted

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Highs: Finest-in-test infotainment system, sips gasoline like an economic system automobile ought to.
Lows:
Clever inside would not stand as much as shut scrutiny, some structural shake in onerous driving.
Verdict:
The Elantra has model, however the prime finishers have just a little extra depth beneath the floor.

A number of drivers confessed to having excessive expectations for the Elantra. It seems to be dramatic in photos, sporting the model’s exuberant exterior design with an intricate entrance fascia and creased door panels that someway deliver the Lamborghini Urus to thoughts. The inside is equally statement-making, owing to its sweeping types and oh-so-modern tri-screen sprint—identical to a Cadillac Escalade’s.

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If the creases on the Elantra’s flanks make you consider the Lambo Urus, you are not alone. We additionally can not help however see a Klingon’s brow every time we have a look at these seats.

Sure, the infotainment and gauge screens are giant and the system extremely configurable; add within the spectacular graphics and the Hyundai stands above the others. However the show to the left of the instrument cluster is definitely not a display screen in any respect, only a dummy panel with a pointless circle graphic. Some onerous plastic spoils the futuristic luxurious vibe, and the armrests are elbow-bruising. Whereas the rear seat is the group’s largest, there are not any USB ports again there.

A nice accomplice in a day by day position, the Elantra’s steering gives respectable suggestions, however its journey rating landed it towards the underside of the pack. Mortimer famous: “The chassis turns into unsettled by modest bumps.” Exhausting driving on the dealing with loop revealed loads of physique roll and some structural quivers, and the Hyundai’s brake pedal exhibited some sponginess.

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Though the Elantra in all fairness effectively remoted from highway noise, the two.0-liter is the loudest engine within the check beneath full-throttle acceleration. It is also usually reaching into the higher rev ranges for the reason that naturally aspirated four-cylinder lacks low-end torque. The 8.1-second cost to 60 mph and the 16.3-second quarter-mile dash bettered the Toyota’s and Nissan’s however trailed the others’. We did not count on that the Restricted would encourage a lot ardour—that is what the N Line and upcoming 286-hp N are for—however it’s environment friendly. The Elantra returned the most effective gasoline economic system within the check, at 35 mpg, 3 mpg higher than the next-best contender, the Jetta.

third Place:
2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

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Highs: Comfortable journey, unstressed engine, an computerized with eight actual gears.
Lows:
Loosey-goosey steering, determinedly unstylish, evident inside value chopping.
Verdict:
A really perfect automobile for somebody who would not recognize the efficiency of the GLI.

You sit tall within the saddle within the Jetta, which can enchantment to consumers who’re uncertain about forsaking an SUV. The inside is effectively organized however dour—all onerous edges and black plastic. It appears VW funnels its sources into screens: a digital instrument cluster and an 8.0-inch infotainment show. Characteristic-loving consumers will recognize facilities reminiscent of heated rear seats, however there isn’t any escaping the cost-cut look of the molded-plastic rear door panels.

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Whereas we might moderately have the Jetta GLI, for about the identical cash, the SEL Premium gives a cushier journey and plenty of options that the mainstream purchaser could favor.

The Jetta’s eight-speed computerized transmission proved endearing in a discipline rife with CVTs. It is paired with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four that produces a considerable 184 pound-feet of torque at a low 1600 rpm. The mixture makes for an unstressed powertrain in most driving. With its prepared urge, the Volkswagen tied for quickest off the road with the Mazda, at 2.6 seconds to 30 mph, and its not-bad 7.7-second 60-mph time was simply 0.2 second behind the three’s and 0.5 second behind the Civic’s. The Jetta additionally tied for quietest at 70 mph, this time with the Elantra.

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The suspension absorbs impacts in a manner that takes the sting out of unhealthy pavement and creates a blissful freeway journey. The Jetta was out of its consolation zone on the dealing with loop, floating and rolling, though VanderWerp allowed, “I do not hate it for that.” We have been much less forgiving of the overly gentle, disconnected steering. A commendably agency brake pedal was a pleasing shock given the softness elsewhere within the chassis, however the VW’s 187-foot cease from 70 mph was the longest within the check.

There is probably not a lot right here for fanatics, however these within the know can at all times go for the 10Best-winning GLI. For everybody else, the SEL Premium is an inoffensive and well-equipped alternative.

2nd Place:
2021 Mazda 3 Premium

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Highs: Luxe cabin to disgrace an Audi A3, the best-sounding engine of the sextet, swanky seems to be.
Lows:
Cramped inside, subpar gasoline economic system.
Verdict:
Has sufficient model and luxurious to play in one other league, however there’s not fairly sufficient practicality to win the day right here.

The three’s flowing strains and cab-rearward proportions make a powerful first impression. And the automobile makes a fantastic second impression if you slide inside, the cabin boasting richly upholstered surfaces and an upscale design. “The three actually has the appear and feel of one thing within the luxurious phase,” wrote workers editor Austin Irwin.

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A comparatively tight cabin harm its possibilities, however the glorious driving expertise, excellent inside design, and high-quality match and end helped loft the Mazda 3 into second place.

With 186 horsepower and 186 pound-feet of torque, the two.5-liter’s output is the most effective right here, and the Mazda battled the Honda for the highest spot in all acceleration assessments. Its 7.5-second time to 60 mph is 0.3 second behind the Civic’s, however the Mazda was the quickest within the 30-to-50-mph passing check and tied the Civic within the 50-to-70 leap. Six speeds do not seem to be many as of late, however the computerized would not hesitate to downshift, and its crisp shifts have been a lot most popular to the fake shifts of the competitors’s CVTs. The Mazda’s 2.5-liter is the least raucous beneath full-throttle acceleration and really doesn’t sound unhealthy when it is wrung out.

The three’s chassis delivers a “nice mix of athleticism and luxury regardless of what the skidpad efficiency exhibits,” stated VanderWerp, who added, “This and the Honda are head and shoulders above all the things else right here by way of journey and dealing with and are extra enjoyable to drive.”

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Though comfy from the motive force’s seat, this automobile suits tighter than many of the others, with a excessive beltline and A-pillars that attract shut. Within the rear seat, a six-foot passenger can slide in behind a similar-sized driver however solely simply. And whereas Mazda’s infotainment show is ready excessive to fulfill the motive force’s line of sight, some would like a touchscreen to the three’s rotary controller. Nobody will love its lowest-in-test (28 mpg) gasoline economic system, however it’s not stunning, given the three is the one car right here with all-wheel drive. It’s convincing as a small luxurious automobile, however it’s not fairly the most effective compact sedan.

1st Place:
2022 Honda Civic Touring

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Highs: Chassis tuning units the benchmark, acceleration leads the sector, inside execution is prime notch.
Lows:
Priced on the greater finish of the spectrum, no handbook for the sedan.
Verdict:
With the common Civic this good, we won’t wait to see what the Si is like.

It is telling that on the primary morning of our group drive, we stored mistakenly calling the Civic an Accord. That is not simply because it now seems to be like an Accord, this new era having ditched the previous mannequin’s overwrought styling. It is extra as a result of the Civic now enjoys the poise of its beloved sibling.

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The Civic earned prime marks throughout the poll, and it seems to be, acts, and seems like a 7/Eighth-scale Accord, which we love. The honeycomb sprint trim reminds us of the Lamborghini Huracán’s.

Though the inside is totally modern-looking, the spacious cabin’s ergonomic logic and high quality execution took us again to Hondas of the previous. A low cowl and slender A-pillars give an expansive view out that the others cannot match. The digital gauge cluster lacks the configurability of some however exhibits loads of data in an easy-to-digest format. The Touring’s infotainment show is best than current Honda efforts, with sharp graphics and an precise quantity knob, though it nonetheless lacks a tuning dial. Even one thing so simple as the climate-control knobs are fantastically executed with knurled edges and snick-snick motion. As workers editor Connor Hoffman summed up, “That is the nicest Civic inside ever.”

As earlier than, the highest Civic trims are powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter 4. Sure, it is hooked to a CVT (a handbook is on the market within the hatchback), however it’s one of many better-programmed models on the market, and the automobile additionally advantages from having a comparatively strong 180 horses and 177 pound-feet of torque to dispatch. The Honda is the quickest within the group, with a 7.2-second time to 60 mph and a 15.6-second time within the quarter.

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As with its bigger sibling, the Civic delivers a grasp class in chassis tuning. “Stiff, secure, and refined,” Hoffman stated. Over one significantly bombed-out part of freeway, the Civic’s tires and suspension thwacked loudly over potholes, however the cabin was largely undisturbed. Out on the dealing with loop, the Honda actually established its dominance, its sharp reflexes and expertly damped suspension edging out the also-good Mazda. The steering marries supreme effort ranges with a powerful sense of straight forward, and the brake modulation got here in for reward as effectively. “What a fantastically simple automobile to hustle,” stated Irwin.

It seems we weren’t too far off after we likened this automobile to an Accord. The Civic is the Accord of the compact-sedan class.

2022 honda civic vs 2021 hyundai elantra, mazda 3, nissan sentra, toyota corolla, volkswagen jetta

Specs

Specs

2022 Honda Civic Touring

Car Sort: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $29,315/$29,710

Choices: Morning Mist paint, $395

ENGINE

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 91 in3, 1498 cm3

Energy: 180 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 177 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm

TRANSMISSION

constantly variable computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 11.1-in vented disc/10.2-in disc

Tires: Goodyear Eagle Sport All-Season

235/40R-18 91W M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 107.7 in

Size: 184.0 in

Width: 70.9 in

Top: 55.7 in

Passenger Quantity: 96 ft3

Trunk Quantity: 14 ft3

Curb Weight: 3058 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 7.2 sec

1/4-Mile: 15.6 sec @ 92 mph

100 mph: 18.6 sec

120 mph: 30.6 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 8.0 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.0 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.0 sec

Prime Pace (gov ltd): 126 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.86 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 31 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 34/31/38 mpg

2021 Hyundai Elantra Restricted

Car Sort: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $26,455/$26,610

Choices: carpeted flooring mats, $155

ENGINE

DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle inline-4, aluminum block and head, port gasoline injection

Displacement: 122 in3, 1999 cm3

Energy: 147 hp @ 6200 rpm

Torque: 132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

TRANSMISSION

constantly variable computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/torsion beam

Brakes, F/R: 11.0-in vented disc/10.3-in disc

Tires: Kumho Majesty Solus

225/45R-17 91W M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 107.1 in

Size: 184.1 in

Width: 71.9 in

Top: 55.7 in

Passenger Quantity: 100 ft3

Trunk Quantity: 14 ft3

Curb Weight: 2895 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 8.1 sec

1/4-Mile: 16.3 sec @ 88 mph

100 mph: 22.1 sec

120 mph: 37.5 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 8.5 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.1 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec

Prime Pace (mfr’s declare): 124 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 175 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.88 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 35 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 35/31/41 mpg

2021 Mazda 3 Premium AWD

Car Sort: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $29,395/$30,140

Choices: Soul Crimson Crystal Metallic paint, $150; all-weather flooring mats, $150

ENGINE

DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 152 in3, 2488 cm3

Energy: 186 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque: 186 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

TRANSMISSION

6-speed computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/torsion beam

Brakes, F/R: 11.6-in vented disc/10.4-in disc

Tires: Bridgestone Turanza EL440

215/45R-18 89V M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 107.3 in

Size: 183.5 in

Width: 70.7 in

Top: 56.9 in

Passenger Quantity: 91 ft3

Trunk Quantity: 13 ft3

Curb Weight: 3247 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 7.5 sec

1/4-Mile: 15.8 sec @ 90 mph

100 mph: 20.2 sec

120 mph: 32.6 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 7.9 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.8 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.0 sec

Prime Pace (mfr’s declare): 130 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 176 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.83 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 28 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 28/25/33 mpg

2021 Nissan Sentra SR

Car Sort: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $22,775/$26,010

Choices: SR Premium package deal, $2270; Lighting package deal, $500; two-tone paint, $250; carpeted flooring and cargo mats, $215

ENGINE

DOHC 16-valve 2.0-liter inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 122 in3, 1997 cm3

Energy: 149 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque: 146 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION

constantly variable computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 11.0-in vented disc/10.2-in disc

Tires: Hankook Kinergy GT

215/45R-18 89V M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 106.6 in

Size: 182.7 in

Width: 71.5 in

Top: 57.0 in

Passenger Quantity: 94 ft3

Trunk Quantity: 14 ft3

Curb Weight: 3127 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 8.9 sec

1/4-Mile: 17.0 sec @ 84 mph

100 mph: 25.2 sec

120 mph: —
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.4 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 9.7 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 5.1 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.7 sec

Prime Pace (C/D est): 125 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 174 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.88 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 31 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 32/28/37 mpg

2021 Toyota Corolla XSE Apex

Car Sort: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $29,335/$30,183

Choices: rear spoiler, $375; carpet mat package deal, $249; frameless mirror, $175; cargo web; $49

ENGINE

DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 121 in3, 1987 cm3

Energy: 169 hp @ 6600 rpm

Torque: 151 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

TRANSMISSION

constantly variable computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 10.8-vented disc/10.2-in disc

Tires: Michelin Primacy A/S

225/40R-18 88V M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 106.3 in

Size: 182.3 in

Width: 70.1 in

Top: 55.9 in

Passenger Quantity: 89 ft3

Trunk Quantity: 13 ft3

Curb Weight: 3156 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 8.2 sec

1/4-Mile: 16.4 sec @ 87 mph

100 mph: 22.8 sec

120 mph: —
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 8.8 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.3 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.4 sec

Prime Pace (gov l td): 118 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 179 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.86 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 30 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 34/31/38 mpg

2021 Volkswagen Jetta SEL Premium

Car Sort: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE

Base/As Examined: $29,040/$29,040

Choices: none

ENGINE

turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct gasoline injection

Displacement: 85 in3, 1395 cm3

Energy: 147 hp @ 5000 rpm

Torque: 184 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm

TRANSMISSION

8-speed computerized

CHASSIS

Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink

Brakes, F/R: 11.3-in vented disc/10.7-in vented disc

Tires: Falken Sincera SN250A A/

205/55R-17 91H M+S

DIMENSIONS

Wheelbase: 105.7 in

Size: 185.1 in

Width: 70.8 in

Top: 57.6 in

Passenger Quantity: 94 ft3

Trunk Quantity: 14 ft3

Curb Weight: 3136 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS

60 mph: 7.7 sec

1/4-Mile: 16.0 sec @ 86 mph

100 mph: 22.7 sec

120 mph: 40.2 sec
Outcomes above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.

Rolling Begin, 5–60 mph: 8.7 sec

Prime Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.5 sec

Prime Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.0 sec

Prime Pace (C/D est): 125 mph

Braking, 70–0 mph: 187 ft

Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.82 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY

Noticed: 32 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

Mixed/Metropolis/Freeway: 33/29/39 mpg