Fortunately, the 2013 Toyota Corolla's substitute will certainly quickly come and place this sub-mediocre automobile to rest.
I last assessed the Corolla in 2010 (see the testimonial) and also deemed it minimally sophisticated and unstylish, to coin a word. The model was specifically galling due to the fact that it had actually been redesigned in 2009. I do not typically evoke my earlier forecasts (perhaps because my record is spotty), however I also claimed in 2010 that "the Corolla makes certain to hug the top of the sales graphes, yet that's even more regarding just what the automobile has actually been historically than just what it is currently." Nailed it this moment. The Corolla has actually stayed among the very popular compacts in the U.S. as well as beyond, regardless of being poor in a number of ways.
Has anything transformed in the past couple of years? Together with its market standing, the Corolla itself hasn't changed much. For 2013, there's a restyled grille, a standard touch-screen audio system on LE and also S trim degrees, and also chrome accents on the LE's belt line and grille. (See the version years compared side by side.).
Toyota Corolla S 2013
At the same time, the remainder of the course has actually bounded ahead. Upgraded since then are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Strong Suit as well as Nissan Sentra. The Corolla's archrival, the Honda Civic, has been redesigned two times (see the 2013 evaluation). Dodge has actually gone back to the marketplace in this sector for the very first time given that 2005 with the Dart. (See vital rivals contrasted.) Luckily for buyers, Toyota has actually revamped the Corolla for 2014 (see the very early information) and also will put it on sale by the end of 2013.
In some cases an automobile is revamped when it's still rather good; that was the case for the previous-generation Civic and also Mazda3. The 2013 Corolla is the other.
Today's below-average cars and trucks aren't as uncompetitive as they used to be: They have the tendency to get the job done without being exceptionally chintzy-- or unreliable. Quite the contrary, the Corolla's withstanding accomplishment remains its premier dependability. Among portable sedans, just the Subaru Impreza matches it.
But there are distinctions, both measured and visual, between standout as well as lagger models in this vehicle course. If you haven't gone shopping portable cars and trucks in 5 to One Decade, you can go out straight and also acquire a 2013 Corolla as well as be fairly material with it. However doing so would certainly be much more crazy compared to it was 3 years back. The 2013 Corolla's motif is "adequate.".
With 92 cubic feet of cabin quantity, the Corolla is much more snug than the Civic and Chevrolet Cruze-- both with 95 cubic feet-- and the Elantra, which has 96 cubic feet. The Corolla's front-seat legroom as well as clearance are slightly second-rate, too, but it's spacious enough for a 6-foot-tall adult. The bottom cushion could be longer for better thigh support.
The rear seat is a strange story: With a rated 36.3 inches of legroom, it's a tenth of an inch ahead of the Civic, concerning an inch extra generous compared to the Cruze and also greater than 3 inches ahead of the Elantra. However these requirements frequently do not tell the whole story, and I found the Corolla's rear seat legroom much more tight compared to the Civic's. My knees pushed far right into the Corolla driver's seat's backrest. Yet I must state, it wasn't as uneasy as it looked. The seatback is extremely soft. The floor is nearly level, much like the Civic's, which provides travelers much more places to place their feet and also, hence, orient their legs.
The Corolla inside's higher faults are visual ones. The assesses are simple and readable, but they're additionally low-tech; classier, illuminated control panel have moved into this automobile class. It's a comparable tale with the ceiling liner, which is a plain, feltlike product. Some competitors have taken on more high end woven cloth. The plastic visors have a cheap feel, as do the environment controls. The controls are extremely clear and easy to use, yet when you turn the leftmost handle, you could feel and also listen to mechanical louvers operating within the control panel. Digital knobs and also switches have actually become the standard for this function.
Perhaps the greatest issue is the cabin products, which are harder as well as seem cheaper than many in this vehicle class. There need to be a lot more supporting where you rest your arms-- on the armrests and also door panels.
The Corolla's trunk is relatively small, with 12.3 cubic feet of quantity. The Civic is only two-tenths better, however the Elantra has 14.8 as well as the Cruze 15.4 cubic feet. While all the cars and trucks in this course have folding backseats, the Civic has a standard one-piece bench unless you update 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 style. The guiding is obscure as well as the handling is competent in contours, however not extremely flashy or dexterous. If that's just what you want, look into the Ford Emphasis, Dodge Dart or Civic.
While the Corolla's trip high quality isn't fine-tuned, I found it softer than the 2013 Civic's, despite having our examination Corolla's optional wheels from Toyota Racing Advancement, which at 18 inches provide much 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 include that, in our cumulative viewpoint, they look outrageous on this auto-- as misplaced as a wing spoiler or hood scoop would be.
The drivetrain is similarly ample however out-of-date. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder compares to rivals' base engines, but the Corolla's automatic transmission is a four-speed when 5- and six-speeds are currently the standard. I advise consumers not to obsess on the innovation way too much: The Corolla's four-speed is a fairly mannerly transmission, as well as I choose it in some ways over the constantly variable transmission in the Sentra as well as the balky dual-clutch automated in the Focus. (The 2014 Corolla will change the four-speed with a CVT.).
Nevertheless, you cannot reject that there's a lot of room in between the gears, which makes for more dramatization and noise when you struck the gas to pass, for instance. It helps neither acceleration nor fuel 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 volume vendor. The Corolla offers just one engine.
The Corolla did well in accident examinations, earning the leading score of Excellent in the Insurance Policy Institute for Freeway Security's moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-strength examinations. It additionally gained 4 celebrities on the whole, from five, from the National Highway Web Traffic Security Management.
Though the Corolla offers an optional navigation system, it doesn't provide a backup camera-- a function that's offered somewhere else in this vehicle course as well as is typical in the Civic.
Provided the Corolla's size, child-safety seats fit in the rear seat moderately well. Obtain the information in our Car Seat Examine.
Corolla on the market
The 2013 Corolla is a case study in the power of credibility as well as assumption. The Corolla has gained an excellent credibility throughout years, and the perception appears to be that the present version is equally as good as ever, even though it does not compare to its schoolmates. Since its previous redesign in 2009, it has become less affordable with each passing year, and Toyota has run the risk of harming the Corolla's track record. The 2014 can't hit car dealerships quickly sufficient.