2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Toyota Corolla
The evolution of the sedan in the US is an interesting one to track. Many sedan offerings have been around for decades and have extremely reliable safety records and high resale value (due to their enduring goodness). Sedans can also be somewhat unexciting, however, as they tend to rely upon that universal appeal to stay in business. If you don't know what you want in your next car (or you just don't care), the sedan might be your first stop.
We take a look at a couple of compact sedans that may have less-than-thrilling reputations but that, upon closer inspection, might not be as "vanilla" as you think: the 2016 Volkswagen Jetta vs 2016 Toyota Corolla. While the Jetta might not be turning heads from the sidewalk, the range of engine options is substantial, and even the base turbo will get your blood pumping. The Corolla has been a segment staple since 1968 – So Toyota must be doing something right.
2016 Volkswagen Jetta
2016 Toyota Corolla
|1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder||Base engine||1.8L four-cylinder|
|39 mpg||Highway fuel economy||37 mpg|
|15.7 cu. ft.||Trunk capacity||13.0 cu. ft.|
The 2016 Toyota Corolla is a 5-passenger economy compact sedan with four main trims: L, LE, LE Eco and S. Standard features include 15-inch steel wheels, LED low-beam headlights, LED running lights, power accessories, air-conditioning, a steering wheel with auxiliary controls, adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth connectivity, Toyota's Entune audio system, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, voice controls, six speakers, a CD player, a USB port and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone users. The Corolla aims to please in the tech-and-convenience features section, but in terms of style and driver engagement, the compact Toyota certainly doesn't thrill.
Jetta comes sufficiently equipped with 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, power accessories, keyless entry, heated mirrors, cruise control, 60/40-split rear seats, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, four speakers, a 5-inch touchscreen, a CD player and an auxiliary phone jack. Opt for the S Technology package and you'll get the latest in smartphone integration: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But the reason you'll fall in love with the 2016 Jetta after test-driving the lackluster Corolla is its turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine – it's one of the fastest in the compact segment and it's only the first of three turbocharged powertrains. If driving enjoyment is a priority, you may find it worthwhile to sacrifice some interior features for an engine that won't put you to sleep. Did we mention the Jetta is bigger and more fuel efficient, too? Chalk it up to German Engineering.
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