Toyota Corolla vs Chevrolet Cruze

2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Toyota Corolla
$20,425MSRP
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
$16,975MSRP
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2022 Toyota Corolla
$20,425MSRP
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze
$16,975MSRP
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Overview

MSRP

$20,425

MSRP

$16,975

Average price

$16,932

Average price

$9,816

Listings

9554

Listings

5654
Ratings & Reviews
User Reviews
User Reviews

Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10

Expert reviews

6.7 out of 10
Pros
  • Multiple body styles
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Outdated technology
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Sluggish performance

Reviews Summary

The Toyota Corolla needs no introduction. With 12 generations spanning over five decades of production, the Corolla is the bestselling nameplate in automotive history. And it continues to be a popular choice for new car buyers looking for a reliable and sensible compact car, competing against other established names like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Jetta for sales.

The only significant change for 2022 is the addition of two new colors: Ruby Flare and Windchill Pearl. What hasn’t changed are the number of other choices buyers get. Toyota offers sedan and hatchback body styles, manual and automatic transmissions, and multiple powertrain options—including a hybrid. The Corolla Cross SUV also launched for 2022 but, while it shares a basic platform with the Corolla sedan and hatch, it’s effectively a different vehicle.

Finally, you get the expected array of trim levels. The Corolla sedan is available in L, LE, XLE, SE, and XSE grades, plus Apex Edition and Nightshade Edition versions of SE and XSE, with more limited options for the Corolla hatchback and hybrid (both of which will be covered separately). For this review, we tested the Apex Edition sedan in its lower SE grade. The Apex is the sportiest Corolla variant, at least until the GR Corolla hot hatchback arrives for the 2023 model year.

Reviews Summary

As the dissonant chords of Dieselgate still resonate throughout the industry, most car companies have abandoned efforts toward any future diesel-powered cars. A $15 billion fine will have that sort of chilling effect. But Chevrolet has taken a different approach, instead seeing the mass retreat from diesel as an opportunity to fill a void. As the driver Jean-Pierre Sarti said in Frankenheimer’s 1966 epic “Grand Prix”: “When I see something really horrible, I put my foot down. Hard! Because I know that everyone else is lifting his.”
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Popular Features & Specs

Engine

1.8L 139 hp I4

Engine

1.4L 153 hp I4

Drive Train

FWD

Drive Train

FWD

Seating Capacity

5

Seating Capacity

5

Horsepower

Horsepower

153 hp @ 5600 rpm

MPG City

30

MPG City

27

MPG Highway

38

MPG Highway

40
2022 Toyota Corolla
2022 Toyota Corolla
$20,425MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2018 Chevrolet Cruze
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
$16,975MSRP
Overview
Overview
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2022 Toyota Corolla
$20,425MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
2018 Chevrolet Cruze
$16,975MSRP
Overview
Overview
OverviewShop Now
Overview
MSRP
$20,425
$16,975
Average price
$16,932
$9,816
Listings
Ratings & Reviews
User reviews
4.2
4.3
Expert reviews

7.2 out of 10

Read full review

6.7 out of 10

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Pros & cons
Pros
  • Multiple body styles
  • Multiple powertrain options
  • Manual transmission available
Cons
  • Outdated technology
  • Potentially polarizing design
  • Sluggish performance
Summary

The Toyota Corolla needs no introduction. With 12 generations spanning over five decades of production, the Corolla is the bestselling nameplate in automotive history. And it continues to be a popular choice for new car buyers looking for a reliable and sensible compact car, competing against other established names like the Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte, Nissan Sentra, Subaru Impreza, and Volkswagen Jetta for sales.

The only significant change for 2022 is the addition of two new colors: Ruby Flare and Windchill Pearl. What hasn’t changed are the number of other choices buyers get. Toyota offers sedan and hatchback body styles, manual and automatic transmissions, and multiple powertrain options—including a hybrid. The Corolla Cross SUV also launched for 2022 but, while it shares a basic platform with the Corolla sedan and hatch, it’s effectively a different vehicle.

Finally, you get the expected array of trim levels. The Corolla sedan is available in L, LE, XLE, SE, and XSE grades, plus Apex Edition and Nightshade Edition versions of SE and XSE, with more limited options for the Corolla hatchback and hybrid (both of which will be covered separately). For this review, we tested the Apex Edition sedan in its lower SE grade. The Apex is the sportiest Corolla variant, at least until the GR Corolla hot hatchback arrives for the 2023 model year.

As the dissonant chords of Dieselgate still resonate throughout the industry, most car companies have abandoned efforts toward any future diesel-powered cars. A $15 billion fine will have that sort of chilling effect. But Chevrolet has taken a different approach, instead seeing the mass retreat from diesel as an opportunity to fill a void. As the driver Jean-Pierre Sarti said in Frankenheimer’s 1966 epic “Grand Prix”: “When I see something really horrible, I put my foot down. Hard! Because I know that everyone else is lifting his.”
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Popular Features & Specs
Engine
1.8L 139 hp I4
1.4L 153 hp I4
Drive Train
FWD
FWD
Seating Capacity
5
5
Horsepower
153 hp @ 5600 rpm
MPG City
30
27
MPG Highway
38
40
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