It’s tough for sedans to compete with crossovers these days. These car-based SUVs deliver extra interior space, higher seating positions and available all-wheel drive, even as they increasingly match passenger cars’ driving dynamics and fuel economy. But there’s one area where sedans still can reign supreme: value.
That’s the domain of the 2018 Toyota Corolla compact sedan. It doesn’t really try to deliver the sporty performance or flashy style of a Honda Civic or Mazda3, or the quiet polish of a Chevrolet Cruze. Instead, the Corolla packs a lot of features into a usefully spacious package at low prices. Starting at just $18,600, the Corolla comes with standard safety equipment that costs thousands extra on many competitors — if they offer it at all. If value for the money counts more than sporty performance or posh luxury, read on to see if the Corolla is the right fit for you.