The good news is, the 2013 Toyota Corolla's replacement will certainly quickly come and also place this sub-mediocre vehicle to rest.
I last reviewed the Corolla in 2010 (see the testimonial) and also considered it minimally sophisticated and also unstylish, to coin a word. The version was especially galling due to the fact that it had been revamped in 2009. I do not generally stimulate my earlier predictions (potentially because my record is spotty), however I likewise stated in 2010 that "the Corolla is sure to stay near the top of the sales charts, yet that's more about just what the vehicle has actually been historically compared to exactly what it is currently." Nailed it this time around. The Corolla has actually remained one of the very popular compacts in the U.S. as well as beyond, regardless of being poor in numerous means.
Has anything transformed in the past couple of years? Together with its market standing, the Corolla itself hasn't already changed a lot. For 2013, there's a restyled grille, a typical touch-screen audio system on LE as well as S trim levels, as well as chrome accents on the LE's belt line as well as grille. (See the model years contrasted side-by-side.).
2013 Toyota Corolla Le
Meanwhile, the rest of the class has bounded in advance. Upgraded since then are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Nissan Sentra. The Corolla's archrival, the Honda Civic, has been revamped twice (see the 2013 review). Dodge has returned to the marketplace in this section for the very first time considering that 2005 with the Dart. (See essential rivals compared.) Luckily for buyers, Toyota has actually redesigned the Corolla for 2014 (see the early details) as well as will certainly put it on sale by the end of 2013.
Often a vehicle is upgraded when it's still quite great; that held true for the previous-generation Civic as well as Mazda3. The 2013 Corolla is the opposite.
Today's below-average autos typically aren't as uncompetitive as they utilized to be: They have the tendency to get the job done without being exceptionally chintzy-- or undependable. Rather the contrary, the Corolla's enduring accomplishment stays its top-rated reliability. Among compact sedans, just the Subaru Impreza matches it.
Yet there are differences, both measured and visual, in between standout and straggler designs in this automobile course. If you haven't gone shopping small vehicles in five to One Decade, you might run out straight as well as acquire a 2013 Corolla and be reasonably material with it. However doing so would be even more absurd compared to it was 3 years earlier. The 2013 Corolla's theme is "adequate.".
With 92 cubic feet of cabin quantity, the Corolla is much more tight compared to the Civic as well as Chevrolet Cruze-- both with 95 cubic feet-- as well as the Elantra, which has 96 cubic feet. The Corolla's front-seat legroom and also clearance are slightly poor, also, yet it's roomy sufficient for a 6-foot-tall grownup. The bottom padding could be longer for much better upper leg support.
The backseat is an odd story: With a ranked 36.3 inches of legroom, it's a tenth of an inch ahead of the Civic, regarding an inch more charitable compared to the Cruze and greater than 3 inches ahead of the Elantra. However these specs often don't inform the whole story, and also I found the Corolla's rear seat legroom a lot more tight than the Civic's. My knees pressed much into the Corolla motorist's seat's back-rest. Yet I need to claim, it had not been as uncomfortable as it looked. The seatback is extremely soft. The floor is nearly flat, much like the Civic's, which offers passengers more areas to put their feet and also, therefore, driven their legs.
The Corolla inside's greater faults are aesthetic ones. The determines are simple and understandable, however they're likewise low-tech; classier, lit up control panel have relocated right into this auto class. It's a comparable tale with the ceiling lining, which is a plain, feltlike material. Some rivals have taken on more high end woven towel. The vinyl visors have a low-cost feeling, as do the environment controls. The controls are extremely clear as well as easy to use, yet when you turn the leftmost knob, you can really feel as well as hear mechanical louvers operating within the dashboard. Electronic knobs and also buttons have actually become the standard for this feature.
Possibly the greatest problem is the cabin products, which are harder and also appear cheaper than several in this cars and truck course. There should be a lot more cushioning where you rest your arms-- on the armrests as well as door panels.
The Corolla's trunk is reasonably little, with 12.3 cubic feet of volume. The Civic is just two-tenths far better, yet the Elantra has 14.8 and the Cruze 15.4 cubic feet. While all the cars and trucks in this course have folding rear seats, the Civic has a typical one-piece bench unless you update to a high trim degree. The Corolla and also others have 60/40-split folding backseats.
Behind the Wheel
The Corolla's driving experience follows the motif. The guiding is obscure as well as the handling is competent in curves, yet not really stylish or agile. If that's what you desire, have a look at the Ford Emphasis, Dodge Dart or Civic.
While the Corolla's flight high quality isn't really fine-tuned, I located it softer compared to the 2013 Civic's, despite our test Corolla's optional wheels from Toyota Competing Growth, which at 18 inches provide less bump absorption compared to the standard 15- or 16-inch wheels (depending upon trim degree) or the optional 17-inch alloy wheels. I'll include that, in our collective viewpoint, they look ridiculous on this car-- as misplaced as a wing looter or hood scoop would be.
The drivetrain is in a similar way adequate however out-of-date. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder compares to rivals' base engines, however the Corolla's transmission is a four-speed when five- and six-speeds are currently the standard. I urge buyers not to infatuate on the innovation way too much: The Corolla's four-speed is a fairly mannerly transmission, as well as I choose it somehow over the constantly variable transmission in the Sentra and the balky dual-clutch automatic in the Emphasis. (The 2014 Corolla will replace the four-speed with a CVT.).
Nonetheless, you can't reject that there's a lot of space between the equipments, and that creates even more dramatization and sound when you hit the gas to pass, for example. It assists 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 offers only one engine.
Safety and security.
The Corolla executed well in collision examinations, gaining the top score of Excellent in the Insurance Institute for Highway Security's moderate-overlap frontal, side, rear and roof-strength examinations. It additionally earned 4 stars overall, out of five, from the National Highway Website Traffic Safety Administration.
Though the Corolla uses an optional navigation system, it does not supply a back-up electronic camera-- an attribute that's offered somewhere else in this auto class and is common in the Civic.
Offered the Corolla's size, child-safety seats fit in the backseat fairly well. Get the details in our Car Seat Check.
Corolla in the Market
The 2013 Corolla is a study in the power of track record and assumption. The Corolla has actually made an outstanding online reputation during decades, as well as the understanding appears to be that the existing design is equally as great as ever, despite the fact that it doesn't compare with its classmates. Considering that its previous redesign in 2009, it has come to be less affordable with each passing year, as well as Toyota has run the risk of hurting the Corolla's credibility. The 2014 can't hit dealerships soon enough.