As a city resident, I test drove several cars in this category - Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Ford Focus, and Nissan Sentra.
I realize the category is not a luxury or performance car. Other cars have somewhat better interior quality, but I liked the handling and comfort of the Corolla best.
I do mostly highway driving or short trips in the city, but it gets great gas mileage and I think it makes good use of interior space. I still think it is a reliable car and great value.
Decent sound system
Great gas mileage
Great handling, especially in the city - easy to parallel park
Intuitive dashboard controls
Could have somewhat better quality materials in the interior, when compared with the Mazda or Honda equivalents, but overall this is a minor complaint.
Again, I do realize that I bought a Corolla and not a BMW or Mercedes.
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