The Corolla is a good small sedan, although it is rather bland. The 1.8-liter engine is relatively quiet and responsive. By the standards of the compact sedan class, the Corolla has a comfortable ride. Handling is sound and secure. The interior is put together well, although hard plastic panels and trim are abundant. We got a very impressive 32 mpg overall in our test of the 1.8-liter equipped with automatic and manual transmissions, one of the most frugal among non-hybrids or non-diesel sedans. A redesigned Corolla is due later this year.