Luckily, the 2013 Toyota Corolla's replacement will certainly quickly come as well as place this sub-mediocre car to remainder.
I last assessed the Corolla in 2010 (see the evaluation) and deemed it minimally sophisticated as well as unstylish, to coin a word. The version was specifically galling due to the fact that it had actually been upgraded in 2009. I do not usually evoke my earlier predictions (possibly since my document is erratic), however I additionally said in 2010 that "the Corolla is sure to hug the top of the sales graphes, but that's more concerning exactly what the car has been historically than just what it is now." Nailed it this time. The Corolla has actually stayed one of the very popular compacts in the U.S. as well as past, regardless of being second-rate in several ways.
Has anything altered in the past few years? Along with its market standing, the Corolla itself hasn't already altered much. For 2013, there's a restyled grille, a common touch-screen stereo on LE and S trim degrees, and chrome accents on the LE's belt line as well as grille. (See the version years contrasted side-by-side.).
2013 toyota Corolla Review
On the other hand, the rest of the course has actually bounded ahead. Redesigned ever since are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte as well as Nissan Sentra. The Corolla's archrival, the Honda Civic, has actually been redesigned twice (see the 2013 review). Dodge has actually gone back to the marketplace in this section for the first time because 2005 with the Dart. (See crucial competitors compared.) The good news is for customers, Toyota has revamped the Corolla for 2014 (see the very early details) as well as will certainly place it for sale by the end of 2013.
Occasionally a cars and truck is revamped when it's still quite great; that held true for the previous-generation Civic as well as Mazda3. The 2013 Corolla is the other.
Today's below-average automobiles aren't as uncompetitive as they used to be: They have the tendency to get the job done without being remarkably chintzy-- or undependable. Fairly the contrary, the Corolla's sustaining success remains its premier reliability. Amongst portable cars, only the Subaru Impreza matches it.
However there are distinctions, both measured and also aesthetic, between standout as well as lagger versions in this vehicle class. If you haven't shopped portable automobiles in 5 to 10 years, you can run out straight and also buy a 2013 Corolla and also be sensibly content with it. But doing so would be a lot more crazy than it was 3 years earlier. The 2013 Corolla's theme is "good enough.".
With 92 cubic feet of cabin volume, the Corolla is much more snug than the Civic as well as Chevrolet Cruze-- both with 95 cubic feet-- and also the Elantra, which has 96 cubic feet. The Corolla's front-seat legroom and also headroom are a little below average, as well, however it's roomy sufficient for a 6-foot-tall grownup. The bottom pillow could be much longer for far better thigh assistance.
The rear seat is an unusual story: With a rated 36.3 inches of legroom, it's a tenth of an inch ahead of the Civic, regarding an inch a lot more charitable than the Cruze and more than 3 inches ahead of the Elantra. However these specs commonly don't tell the whole story, and also I discovered the Corolla's backseat legroom a lot more snug compared to the Civic's. My knees pushed much into the Corolla chauffeur's seat's back-rest. Yet I must say, it had not been as unpleasant as it looked. The seatback is super soft. The flooring is almost flat, similar to the Civic's, which offers passengers extra places to put their feet and also, thus, orient their legs.
The Corolla interior's greater mistakes are aesthetic ones. The assesses are straightforward and legible, however they're additionally low-tech; classier, illuminated instrument panels have relocated right into this cars and truck course. It's a similar story with the ceiling lining, which is a plain, feltlike material. Some competitors have actually taken on a lot more upscale woven towel. The plastic visors have a low-cost feel, as do the environment controls. The controls are extremely clear and also easy to use, however when you turn the leftmost handle, you can really feel and hear mechanical louvers operating within the control panel. Electronic knobs and buttons have become the norm for this feature.
Probably the best problem is the cabin materials, which are harder as well as seem less costly than numerous in this automobile course. There should be more supporting where you rest your arms-- on the armrests and also door panels.
The Corolla's trunk is reasonably little, with 12.3 cubic feet of quantity. The Civic is just two-tenths much better, but the Elantra has 14.8 and also the Cruze 15.4 cubic feet. While all the vehicles in this class have folding backseats, the Civic has a standard one-piece bench unless you upgrade to a high trim level. The Corolla as well as others have 60/40-split folding rear seats.
Behind the Wheel
The Corolla's driving experience adheres to the style. The guiding is unclear and also the handling is competent in contours, but not extremely stylish or nimble. If that's what you want, check out the Ford Emphasis, Dodge Dart or Civic.
While the Corolla's trip top quality isn't refined, I found it softer than the 2013 Civic's, despite our test Corolla's optional wheels from Toyota Racing Growth, which at 18 inches give less bump absorption compared to the typical 15- or 16-inch wheels (depending upon trim level) or the optional 17-inch alloy wheels. I'll include that, in our cumulative opinion, they look absurd on this car-- as out of place as a wing spoiler or hood scoop would be.
The drivetrain is likewise ample however out-of-date. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder as compares to rivals' base engines, yet the Corolla's transmission is a four-speed when 5- and also six-speeds are currently the standard. I urge shoppers not to fixate on the technology way too much: The Corolla's four-speed is a fairly well-behaved transmission, and also I prefer it somehow over the continually variable transmission in the Sentra as well as the stubborn dual-clutch automated in the Focus. (The 2014 Corolla will replace the four-speed with a CVT.).
However, you cannot deny that there's a great deal of area in between the equipments, and that makes for even more drama and sound when you struck the gas to pass, as an example. It aids neither acceleration nor gas economic climate, which is an EPA-rated 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined. The mixed number is 3 mpg behind the Civic and Elantra. It's 2 mpg ahead of the base Cruze but 1 mpg behind the Cruze's upgrade engine, which is the quantity vendor. The Corolla uses just one engine.
The Corolla carried out well in accident examinations, making the leading score of Excellent in the Insurance Institute for Freeway Safety's moderate-overlap frontal, side, back and also roof-strength tests. It likewise earned four stars on the whole, from five, from the National Highway Website Traffic Safety And Security Management.
Though the Corolla uses an optional navigation system, it does not give a backup video camera-- a function that's offered somewhere else in this car course and also is typical in the Civic.
Offered the Corolla's size, child-safety seats fit in the backseat reasonably well. Get the information in our Safety seat Inspect.
Corolla in the Market
The 2013 Corolla is a study in the power of online reputation as well as perception. The Corolla has gained an outstanding credibility during years, and the perception appears to be that the present design is equally as good as ever, even though it does not compare with its schoolmates. Since its previous redesign in 2009, it has actually ended up being less affordable with each passing year, as well as Toyota has actually run the risk of damaging the Corolla's credibility. The 2014 can not strike car dealerships soon sufficient.