Fortunately, the 2013 Toyota Corolla's replacement will certainly quickly come as well as put this sub-mediocre car to rest.
I last assessed the Corolla in 2010 (see the testimonial) and considered it minimally advanced as well as unstylish, to coin a word. The version was especially galling due to the fact that it had been upgraded in 2009. I don't normally evoke my earlier predictions (possibly since my document is spotty), but I additionally claimed in 2010 that "the Corolla makes sure to hug the top of the sales graphes, yet that's more regarding exactly what the automobile has been traditionally than what it is currently." Nailed it this time. The Corolla has continued to be among the best-selling compacts in the U.S. as well as beyond, regardless of being below average in numerous means.
Has anything transformed in the past couple of years? In addition to its market standing, the Corolla itself hasn't already altered a lot. For 2013, there's a restyled grille, a typical touch-screen stereo on LE and also S trim degrees, and chrome accents on the LE's belt line and also grille. (See the design years contrasted side by side.).
Toyota Corolla 2013
At the same time, the remainder of the course has bounded in advance. Redesigned since then are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Specialty and also Nissan Sentra. The Corolla's archrival, the Honda Civic, has been upgraded twice (see the 2013 evaluation). Dodge has actually gone back to the marketplace in this segment for the very first time since 2005 with the Dart. (See essential rivals compared.) Luckily for shoppers, Toyota has actually revamped the Corolla for 2014 (see the very early details) and also will put it for sale by the end of 2013.
Often a car is upgraded when it's still quite excellent; that was the case for the previous-generation Civic and 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 do the job without being exceptionally chintzy-- or unreliable. Quite the contrary, the Corolla's enduring accomplishment stays its top-rated integrity. Amongst compact cars, only the Subaru Impreza matches it.
But there are distinctions, both quantified and visual, between standout and lagger versions in this vehicle class. If you haven't shopped compact autos in five to One Decade, you can run out straight and also acquire a 2013 Corolla and be sensibly material with it. However doing so would be a lot more absurd than it was three years earlier. The 2013 Corolla's style is "sufficient.".
With 92 cubic feet of cabin volume, the Corolla is much more tight 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 somewhat below par, also, yet it's roomy sufficient for a 6-foot-tall grownup. The bottom padding could be much longer for far better upper leg assistance.
The backseat is a weird tale: With a ranked 36.3 inches of legroom, it's a tenth of an inch ahead of the Civic, regarding an inch more generous compared to the Cruze and greater than 3 inches ahead of the Elantra. However these requirements usually don't inform the whole story, and also I found the Corolla's backseat legroom extra snug than the Civic's. My knees pressed much right into the Corolla motorist's seat's backrest. Yet I need to claim, it wasn't as unpleasant as it looked. The seatback is very soft. The floor is nearly flat, just like the Civic's, which provides passengers a lot more locations to place their feet and also, therefore, driven their legs.
The Corolla interior's greater faults are visual ones. The determines are simple and also clear, but they're additionally low-tech; classier, lit up instrument panels have actually relocated into this car course. It's a comparable story with the ceiling liner, which is a plain, feltlike product. Some competitors have embraced much more high end woven towel. The plastic visors have a low-cost feel, as do the climate controls. The controls are very clear and easy to use, however when you turn the leftmost knob, you can feel as well as listen to mechanical louvers operating within the control panel. Digital handles and buttons have come to be the standard for this function.
Perhaps the best problem is the cabin products, which are harder as well as appear less expensive than many in this auto class. There must be more cushioning where you rest your arms-- on the armrests as well as door panels.
The Corolla's trunk is reasonably small, with 12.3 cubic feet of quantity. The Civic is only two-tenths much better, yet the Elantra has 14.8 and also the Cruze 15.4 cubic feet. While all the cars in this class have folding backseats, the Civic has a conventional one-piece bench unless you update to a high trim degree. The Corolla and others have 60/40-split folding rear seats.
Behind the Wheel
The Corolla's driving experience adheres to the theme. The guiding is vague as well as the handling is qualified in curves, but not extremely sporty or active. If that's exactly what you desire, look into the Ford Focus, Dodge Dart or Civic.
While the Corolla's trip quality isn't improved, I discovered it softer compared to the 2013 Civic's, despite our test Corolla's optional wheels from Toyota Racing Advancement, which at 18 inches supply much less bump absorption compared to the common 15- or 16-inch wheels (depending upon trim degree) or the optional 17-inch alloy wheels. I'll add that, in our cumulative point of view, they look ludicrous on this auto-- as out of place as a wing spoiler or hood scoop would be.
The drivetrain is similarly appropriate yet outdated. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder compares with rivals' base engines, however the Corolla's transmission is a four-speed when 5- and also six-speeds are now the norm. I advise shoppers not to focus on the modern technology way too much: The Corolla's four-speed is a fairly well-behaved transmission, as well as I favor it in some ways over the continuously variable transmission in the Sentra and also the stubborn dual-clutch automated in the Focus. (The 2014 Corolla will change the four-speed with a CVT.).
Nonetheless, you can't reject that there's a lot of space in between the gears, and that creates even more dramatization as well as sound when you hit the gas to pass, for example. It assists neither acceleration neither gas economic situation, which is an EPA-rated 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined. The mixed number is 3 mpg behind the Civic as well as Elantra. It's 2 mpg ahead of the base Cruze yet 1 mpg behind the Cruze's upgrade engine, which is the volume seller. The Corolla offers only one engine.
Safety and security.
The Corolla performed well in accident tests, making the leading score of Excellent in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and security's moderate-overlap frontal, side, back as well as roof-strength examinations. It likewise gained 4 stars in general, from 5, from the National Freeway Traffic Safety Management.
Though the Corolla uses an optional navigation system, it doesn't give a backup video camera-- a function that's offered elsewhere in this automobile class and is standard in the Civic.
Given the Corolla's dimension, child-safety seats suit the backseat fairly well. Get the details in our Child seat Examine.
Corolla on the market
The 2013 Corolla is a case study in the power of track record and understanding. The Corolla has actually made a stellar credibility over the course of years, and the assumption appears to be that the current model is equally as good as ever before, despite the fact that it does not compare with its schoolmates. Because its previous redesign in 2009, it has actually become less competitive with each passing year, and Toyota has risked harming the Corolla's online reputation. The 2014 can not strike dealers soon enough.