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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $10,341 - $13,113
Original MSRP: $15,450 - $20,150
MPG: 26 City / 35 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Toyota Corolla Review

Review Last Updated: 7/31/12

The 2010 Toyota Corolla isn’t as fancy or stylish as some of its competitors, but its good fuel economy ratings and high reliability and safety scores make it a strong contender in the small car class. 

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The Toyota Corolla is an ideal choice for shoppers who want a basic sedan that will take them to work or school and back. Test drivers said its standard 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine has decent acceleration, and it has good fuel economy ratings of up to 26/35 mpg city/highway. The Corolla also has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that reviewers said is noticeably more powerful than the base engine.

Inside, reviewers said the Corolla has good cargo space and comfortable front and rear seats. It comes with air conditioning and a four-speaker stereo, which is decent for the class, but some of its competitors also have an auxiliary input jack and power windows and door locks on the base model. Higher trims and option packages add power windows and door locks, keyless entry, cruise control, steering-wheel mounted audio, Bluetooth and cruise controls, navigation and an upgraded stereo with MP3 playback capability and satellite radio. The Corolla has lots of standard safety features, like electronic stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. In addition to all of these features, the Corolla has above-average crash test scores. Its reliability score is also one of the highest in the class.

In short, the 2010 Toyota Corolla has one of best combinations of fuel economy, comfort, features, reliability and safety in the class, making it an excellent choice among small used cars.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2010 Hyundai Elantra, which received the 2010 U.S. News Best Compact Car for the Money award, is pretty similar to the Corolla. It has a good reliability rating, though not as high as the Corolla’s, and an above-average safety score. The Elantra also has one of the most spacious cabins in the class and a large trunk. One thing that distinguishes the Elantra from the Corolla is that the base Elantra doesn’t have as many safety features.

While you can’t go wrong with the Toyota Corolla, you may want something that’s more fun to drive and has better gas mileage. If that’s the case, the 2010 Mazda3 may appeal to you. It has the peppy performance the Corolla lacks, but still maintains some practicality. It has a higher safety score than the Corolla and reviewers said it has a quality interior with comfortable front seats, though the rear ones are cramped. There’s also a hatchback model with good cargo space. On the downside, the Mazda3’s reliability score is below average.

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