The good news is, the 2013 Toyota Corolla's substitute will certainly quickly come and put this sub-mediocre vehicle to remainder.
I last evaluated the Corolla in 2010 (see the testimonial) and considered it minimally sophisticated and unstylish, to coin a word. The model was particularly galling due to the fact that it had been revamped in 2009. I do not usually evoke my earlier forecasts (potentially since my document is spotty), however I likewise claimed in 2010 that "the Corolla makes sure to stay near the top of the sales charts, however that's even more regarding just what the auto has actually been historically compared to just what it is now." Nailed it this time around. The Corolla has remained one of the very popular compacts in the U.S. as well as past, regardless of being below par in numerous ways.
Has anything altered in the past few years? Together with its market standing, the Corolla itself hasn't already transformed much. For 2013, there's a restyled grille, a standard touch-screen stereo on LE as well as S trim levels, as well as chrome accents on the LE's belt line and grille. (See the design years contrasted alongside.).
2013 Toyota Corolla
On the other hand, the rest of the class has actually bounded ahead. Redesigned ever since are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Strong Suit and also Nissan Sentra. The Corolla's archrival, the Honda Civic, has actually been upgraded two times (see the 2013 evaluation). Dodge has actually gone back to the market in this section for the very first time since 2005 with the Dart. (See crucial rivals contrasted.) Luckily for customers, Toyota has revamped the Corolla for 2014 (see the very early information) as well as will certainly place it on sale by the end of 2013.
Often a vehicle is upgraded when it's still rather good; that held true for the previous-generation Civic and also Mazda3. The 2013 Corolla is the opposite.
Today's below-average automobiles typically aren't as uncompetitive as they made use of to be: They tend to do the job without being remarkably chintzy-- or undependable. Rather the contrary, the Corolla's enduring success remains its top-rated integrity. Among compact cars, only the Subaru Impreza matches it.
Yet there are differences, both measured and aesthetic, between standout as well as straggler versions in this vehicle course. If you have not gone shopping small cars in 5 to One Decade, you can go out straight and get a 2013 Corolla as well as be reasonably content with it. However doing so would certainly be a lot more crazy than it was 3 years ago. The 2013 Corolla's style is "good enough.".
With 92 cubic feet of cabin quantity, the Corolla is more tight than the Civic and also Chevrolet Cruze-- both with 95 cubic feet-- and also the Elantra, which has 96 cubic feet. The Corolla's front-seat legroom and also clearance are a little low-grade, also, but it's spacious enough for a 6-foot-tall adult. The bottom pillow could be longer for far better upper leg support.
The rear seat is an unusual tale: With a rated 36.3 inches of legroom, it's a tenth of an inch ahead of the Civic, regarding an inch much more generous than the Cruze as well as greater than 3 inches ahead of the Elantra. Yet these specs frequently don't tell the whole story, and also I located the Corolla's rear seat legroom more tight compared to the Civic's. My knees pushed far into the Corolla driver's seat's back-rest. But I have to state, it wasn't as uneasy as it looked. The seatback is very soft. The flooring is almost level, much like the Civic's, which gives guests more locations to place their feet and also, thus, driven their legs.
The Corolla interior's greater faults are visual ones. The assesses are straightforward and legible, however they're also low-tech; classier, brightened control panel have actually relocated right into this automobile class. It's a similar story with the ceiling lining, which is a plain, feltlike material. Some rivals have actually embraced a lot more high end woven fabric. The plastic visors have a low-cost feel, as do the environment controls. The controls are really clear and also easy to use, however when you transform the leftmost handle, you could really feel and hear mechanical louvers operating within the control panel. Digital knobs and buttons have actually ended up being the norm for this function.
Probably the greatest trouble is the cabin products, which are harder as well as appear more affordable than lots of in this auto course. There ought to be extra supporting where you relax your arms-- on the armrests and door panels.
The Corolla's trunk is relatively tiny, with 12.3 cubic feet of quantity. The Civic is only two-tenths much better, yet the Elantra has 14.8 as well as the Cruze 15.4 cubic feet. While all the cars in this class have folding backseats, the Civic has a common one-piece bench unless you upgrade to a high trim level. The Corolla and also others have 60/40-split folding rear seats.
Behind the Wheel
The Corolla's driving experience follows the motif. The guiding is vague and also the handling is competent in curves, yet not very stylish or active. If that's what you want, have a look at the Ford Emphasis, Dodge Dart or Civic.
While the Corolla's ride top quality isn't fine-tuned, I discovered it softer compared to the 2013 Civic's, despite having our examination Corolla's optional wheels from Toyota Competing Development, which at 18 inches give less bump absorption compared to the basic 15- or 16-inch wheels (depending upon trim level) or the optional 17-inch alloy wheels. I'll include that, in our collective opinion, they look ridiculous on this vehicle-- as misplaced as a wing looter or hood inside story would be.
The drivetrain is likewise ample but obsolete. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder compares to competitors' base engines, but the Corolla's transmission is a four-speed when five- as well as six-speeds are now the norm. I prompt customers not to focus on the innovation excessive: The Corolla's four-speed is a reasonably mannerly transmission, and also I choose it somehow over the constantly variable transmission in the Sentra and also the stubborn dual-clutch automatic in the Focus. (The 2014 Corolla will certainly change the four-speed with a CVT.).
Nevertheless, you can not reject that there's a lot of room in between the gears, and that creates more drama and sound when you struck the gas to pass, as an example. It aids neither acceleration neither fuel economy, which is an EPA-rated 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined. The consolidated 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 volume vendor. The Corolla uses only one engine.
The Corolla executed well in collision examinations, making the top rating of Excellent in the Insurance Coverage Institute for Freeway Safety's moderate-overlap frontal, side, back and also roof-strength examinations. It additionally gained four celebrities overall, from five, from the National Freeway Traffic Safety Administration.
Though the Corolla offers an optional navigation system, it doesn't offer a back-up camera-- a feature that's available in other places in this car course as well as is conventional in the Civic.
Given the Corolla's dimension, child-safety seats suit the rear seat reasonably well. Obtain the details in our Car Seat Examine.
Corolla out there
The 2013 Corolla is a case study in the power of track record as well as assumption. The Corolla has made an excellent reputation throughout years, and also the assumption appears to be that the current version is just as good as ever, even though it doesn't compare to its classmates. Considering that its previous redesign in 2009, it has actually come to be much less affordable with each passing year, and also Toyota has actually risked harming the Corolla's credibility. The 2014 can not strike car dealerships quickly sufficient.