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TOTD: Which Compact Sedan Would You Choose?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/8/2014 Jason Udy

In our latest compact sedan comparison, we tested seven new or updated mid-level trim models including the Dodge Dart GT, Honda Civic EX, Hyundai Elantra Limited, Kia Forte EX, Mazda3 i Touring, Toyota Corolla LE Eco Plus, and Volkswagen Jetta SE. And we want to know which compact sedan you would choose.

Big Test Compacts 2014 All Seven© Provided by MotorTrend Big Test Compacts 2014 All Seven

Each car was scrutinized and weighed against various criteria such as ride and handling, performance, efficiency, cockpit/cabin, safety, value, and cost of ownership. With high scores in more categories than any other contender, the Mazda3 was ranked first place overall. The Kia Forte and Honda Civic round out the podium in second and third place, respectively. Despite being the segment’s best-seller, the Toyota Corolla was ranked fourth ahead of the Hyundai Elantra, Volkswagen Jetta, and Dodge Dart.

While the Mazda3 ranked high in ride and handling, performance, efficiency, and safety, it wasn’t class-leading in rear seat space. The fourth-place Corolla had a roomier back seat and scored higher in predicted cost of ownership.

Check out our Big Test: 2014 Compact Sedan comparison and then tell us which compact sedan you would choose in the comments below.


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