The Toyota Corolla is a practical sedan with a solid reputation, and gets excellent fuel mileage. For 2011 it's more basic, with just three models. 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.