The good news is, the 2013 Toyota Corolla's substitute will soon come and put this sub-mediocre cars and truck to remainder.
I last reviewed the Corolla in 2010 (see the testimonial) and deemed it minimally sophisticated and unstylish, to coin a word. The version was specifically galling since it had actually been redesigned in 2009. I don't normally evoke my earlier forecasts (potentially since my record is spotty), but I also stated in 2010 that "the Corolla makes certain to stay near the top of the sales charts, yet that's even more regarding what the auto has been traditionally than what it is currently." Accomplished this moment. The Corolla has remained one of the best-selling compacts in the U.S. as well as beyond, regardless of being poor in numerous means.
Has anything transformed in the past few years? In addition to its market standing, the Corolla itself hasn't altered much. For 2013, there's a restyled grille, a common touch-screen audio system on LE and S trim degrees, and also chrome accents on the LE's belt line and grille. (See the version years compared side by side.).
2013 Toyota Corolla S
At the same time, the rest of the course has actually bounded ahead. Revamped ever since are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Specialty as well as Nissan Sentra. The Corolla's archrival, the Honda Civic, has been redesigned twice (see the 2013 evaluation). Dodge has actually returned to the market in this section for the very first time since 2005 with the Dart. (See crucial rivals contrasted.) Fortunately for buyers, Toyota has redesigned the Corolla for 2014 (see the very early details) as well as will put it for sale by the end of 2013.
Sometimes an automobile is upgraded when it's still rather great; that held true for the previous-generation Civic and Mazda3. The 2013 Corolla is the other.
Today's below-average cars aren't as uncompetitive as they made use of to be: They tend to do the job without being extremely chintzy-- or unstable. Quite the contrary, the Corolla's sustaining success remains its premier dependability. Among compact cars, only the Subaru Impreza matches it.
However there are distinctions, both measured and visual, in between standout and lagger models in this car course. If you haven't gone shopping small vehicles in 5 to 10 years, you can run out straight as well as purchase a 2013 Corolla and be sensibly material with it. But doing so would be much more crazy compared to it was three years back. The 2013 Corolla's motif is "good enough.".
With 92 cubic feet of cabin quantity, the Corolla is more tight than the Civic as well as Chevrolet Cruze-- both with 95 cubic feet-- and the Elantra, which has 96 cubic feet. The Corolla's front-seat legroom and also clearance are a little poor, also, but it's roomy enough for a 6-foot-tall grownup. The bottom cushion could be longer for much better thigh support.
The backseat is an odd tale: With a ranked 36.3 inches of legroom, it's a tenth of an inch ahead of the Civic, about an inch much more charitable compared to the Cruze and more than 3 inches ahead of the Elantra. Yet these specs usually don't tell the whole story, and also I located the Corolla's rear seat legroom much more tight than the Civic's. My knees pressed much right into the Corolla vehicle driver's seat's backrest. However I need to claim, it wasn't as uneasy as it looked. The seatback is super soft. The floor is virtually level, similar to the Civic's, which offers travelers much more areas to place their feet and also, therefore, driven their legs.
The Corolla inside's greater mistakes are visual ones. The assesses are easy as well as legible, but they're likewise low-tech; classier, lit up control panel have moved right into this car course. It's a comparable tale with the ceiling liner, which is a plain, feltlike material. Some rivals have actually embraced much more high end woven cloth. The plastic visors have a low-cost feel, as do the environment controls. The controls are really clear and also easy to use, yet when you transform the leftmost handle, you can really feel as well as hear mechanical louvers running within the control panel. Digital handles and switches have actually come to be the norm for this feature.
Probably the best issue is the cabin products, which are harder and seem cheaper than numerous in this cars and truck course. There must be a lot more supporting where you relax 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 just two-tenths far better, however the Elantra has 14.8 and the Cruze 15.4 cubic feet. While all the cars and trucks in this class have folding rear seats, the Civic has a basic one-piece bench unless you update to a high trim degree. The Corolla and also others have 60/40-split folding rear seats.
Behind the Wheel
The Corolla's driving experience adheres to the style. The guiding is obscure and also the handling is qualified in contours, but not extremely stylish or dexterous. If that's just what you want, have a look at the Ford Emphasis, Dodge Dart or Civic.
While the Corolla's ride quality isn't really refined, I found it softer compared to the 2013 Civic's, despite our examination Corolla's optional wheels from Toyota Racing Advancement, which at 18 inches offer less bump absorption compared to the common 15- or 16-inch wheels (relying on trim degree) or the optional 17-inch alloy wheels. I'll add that, in our collective opinion, they look absurd on this auto-- as out of place as a wing spoiler or hood scoop would be.
The drivetrain is in a similar way sufficient yet obsolete. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder compares with rivals' base engines, yet the Corolla's transmission is a four-speed when five- and also six-speeds are currently the norm. I urge customers not to fixate on the modern technology way too much: The Corolla's four-speed is a reasonably mannerly transmission, and I prefer it somehow over the continually variable transmission in the Sentra and the balky dual-clutch automatic in the Focus. (The 2014 Corolla will change the four-speed with a CVT.).
Nevertheless, you can't refute that there's a great deal of space between the gears, which produces even more drama as well as sound when you hit the gas to pass, as an example. It aids neither velocity nor gas economic situation, which is an EPA-rated 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined. The combined number is 3 mpg behind the Civic and also Elantra. It's 2 mpg ahead of the base Cruze yet 1 mpg behind the Cruze's upgrade engine, which is the quantity seller. The Corolla supplies only one engine.
The Corolla did well in collision tests, earning the leading rating of Good in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and security's moderate-overlap frontal, side, back and also roof-strength tests. It likewise earned 4 stars overall, out of 5, from the National Highway Web Traffic Safety And Security Management.
Though the Corolla provides an optional navigating system, it does not supply a back-up camera-- a feature that's available somewhere else in this auto course and is typical in the Civic.
Provided the Corolla's dimension, child-safety seats fit in the rear seat moderately well. Get the details in our Safety seat Examine.
Corolla in the marketplace
The 2013 Corolla is a study in the power of credibility and also understanding. The Corolla has actually gained an outstanding credibility throughout decades, and the assumption seems that the existing design is just as great as ever, even though it does not as compare to its schoolmates. Given that its previous redesign in 2009, it has actually ended up being much less affordable with each passing year, as well as Toyota has actually risked harming the Corolla's online reputation. The 2014 cannot strike dealers quickly sufficient.