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2014 Compact car comparison test: The real shopping list

Shopping for a new car can pose an incredible headache. Enter specialized automotive media covering and reporting on this industry that literally can make the world go round.

In other words, buying a new car can be tough and this is why we love to put comparison tests together. This time, we took the comparison test a little farther than usual since compact cars happen to be extremely popular in Canada. You can find our regular comparo review online.

There are a few items that all of these cars share. We were tempted to test seating materials for ease of cleaning, however, all save for one of our testers were lined with leather. The Corolla was the only car with cloth-laden seats. As is often the norm in this price range, the materials are of OK quality and in the Corolla were light in colour; they are guaranteed to get dirty in very little time.

The following exercise is a compressed and summarized breakdown of the major points we think are important when considering a given car for family use.
Comparo voitures compacts
Photo: Philippe Champoux

2014 Toyota Corolla
Toyota Corolla
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2014 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra
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2014 Chevrolet Cruze
Chevrolet Cruze
Photo: Philippe Champoux