The Toyota Corolla is a practical sedan with a solid reputation, and gets excellent fuel mileage. Toyota has added more standard equipment in recent years. But the Corolla's ride, handling and automatic transmission are not without weaknesses. In the third year of this generation, competition has zoomed past, notably the new Chevy Cruze, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Jetta.
G.R. Whale filed this report to NewCarTestDrive.com from Los Angeles; Sam Moses contributed to this report after his test drive of a Corolla S in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. John F. Katz contributed to this report.