Thankfully, the 2013 Toyota Corolla's replacement will soon come as well as put this sub-mediocre auto to remainder.
I last reviewed the Corolla in 2010 (see the review) as well as deemed it minimally advanced as well as unstylish, to coin a word. The design was specifically galling because it had actually been redesigned in 2009. I don't typically evoke my earlier forecasts (potentially due to the fact that my document is spotty), however I additionally said in 2010 that "the Corolla makes sure to stay near the top of the sales charts, yet that's even more regarding exactly what the automobile has actually been historically than exactly what it is now." Nailed it this moment. The Corolla has continued to be one of the very successful compacts in the U.S. and past, regardless of being low-grade in numerous ways.
Has anything altered in the past couple of years? Together with its market standing, the Corolla itself hasn't changed a lot. For 2013, there's a restyled grille, a conventional touch-screen audio system on LE and also S trim degrees, and chrome accents on the LE's belt line and also grille. (See the version years compared side by side.).
2013 Toyota Corolla S Specs
At the same time, the rest of the class has actually bounded in advance. Upgraded ever since are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Strong Suit as well as Nissan Sentra. The Corolla's archrival, the Honda Civic, has been upgraded two times (see the 2013 evaluation). Dodge has actually returned to the market in this segment for the first time considering that 2005 with the Dart. (See key competitors contrasted.) The good news is for shoppers, Toyota has revamped the Corolla for 2014 (see the very early information) and also will certainly put it for sale by the end of 2013.
Occasionally a vehicle is redesigned 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 automobiles typically aren't as uncompetitive as they made use of to be: They have the tendency to get the job done without being exceptionally chintzy-- or undependable. Quite the contrary, the Corolla's enduring achievement stays its top-rated integrity. Among small cars, just the Subaru Impreza matches it.
Yet there are differences, both measured and visual, in between standout and also straggler models in this vehicle course. If you haven't gone shopping compact cars in 5 to One Decade, you can run out directly and purchase a 2013 Corolla and also be reasonably material with it. But doing so would certainly be much more absurd than it was three years earlier. The 2013 Corolla's style is "good enough.".
With 92 cubic feet of cabin quantity, the Corolla is a lot more snug compared to the Civic and 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 second-rate, as well, but it's spacious enough for a 6-foot-tall grownup. The bottom padding could be longer for much better upper leg support.
The rear seat is a weird tale: With a rated 36.3 inches of legroom, it's a tenth of an inch ahead of the Civic, regarding an inch more generous than the Cruze and also more than 3 inches ahead of the Elantra. But these specifications often don't inform the whole story, and also I located the Corolla's backseat legroom much more tight compared to the Civic's. My knees pressed far right into the Corolla chauffeur's seat's backrest. Yet I need to state, it wasn't as unpleasant as it looked. The seatback is very soft. The flooring is virtually flat, just like the Civic's, which gives guests a lot more locations to place their feet and also, hence, driven their legs.
The Corolla interior's better faults are aesthetic ones. The gauges are simple and readable, yet they're also low-tech; classier, lit up instrument panels have moved into this car course. It's a comparable story with the ceiling lining, which is a plain, feltlike material. Some competitors have adopted extra high end woven towel. The vinyl visors have a low-cost feeling, as do the environment controls. The controls are very clear as well as easy to use, however when you turn the leftmost handle, you could feel as well as hear mechanical louvers running within the dashboard. Electronic handles as well as switches have ended up being the standard for this feature.
Possibly the best problem is the cabin products, which are harder as well as seem more affordable than several in this vehicle class. There must be much more 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 far better, yet the Elantra has 14.8 and also the Cruze 15.4 cubic feet. While all the autos in this class have folding backseats, the Civic has a basic one-piece bench unless you update to a high trim level. The Corolla and others have 60/40-split folding rear seats.
Behind the Wheel
The Corolla's driving experience complies with the style. The steering is obscure as well as the handling is qualified in curves, but not really sporty or nimble. If that's exactly what you want, take a look at the Ford Focus, Dodge Dart or Civic.
While the Corolla's trip high quality isn't improved, I discovered it softer compared to the 2013 Civic's, despite our test Corolla's optional wheels from Toyota Competing 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 include that, in our collective opinion, they look ridiculous on this cars and truck-- as out of place as a wing looter or hood scoop would be.
The drivetrain is similarly appropriate however out-of-date. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder as compares to competitors' base engines, but the Corolla's transmission is a four-speed when five- and six-speeds are now the norm. I advise shoppers not to fixate on the modern technology too much: The Corolla's four-speed is a sensibly mannerly transmission, and I choose it in some ways over the continuously variable transmission in the Sentra and the stubborn dual-clutch automatic in the Emphasis. (The 2014 Corolla will change the four-speed with a CVT.).
Nonetheless, you cannot refute that there's a great deal of room between the equipments, and that makes for even more drama and also noise when you struck the gas to pass, for example. It aids neither acceleration neither gas economic climate, which is an EPA-rated 26/34/29 mpg city/highway/combined. The mixed figure is 3 mpg behind the Civic and also Elantra. It's 2 mpg ahead of the base Cruze but 1 mpg behind the Cruze's upgrade engine, which is the quantity seller. The Corolla provides just one engine.
The Corolla executed well in collision examinations, earning the leading score of Great in the Insurance Policy Institute for Highway Safety and security's moderate-overlap frontal, side, back as well as roof-strength examinations. It likewise made 4 celebrities on the whole, from 5, from the National Highway Web Traffic Security Management.
Though the Corolla provides an optional navigating system, it doesn't provide a back-up video camera-- a feature that's readily available elsewhere in this car class as well as is common in the Civic.
Provided the Corolla's size, child-safety seats fit in the backseat reasonably well. Obtain the details in our Car Seat Inspect.
Corolla out there
The 2013 Corolla is a study in the power of credibility as well as assumption. The Corolla has earned an excellent reputation over the course of years, and also the assumption seems that the present design is equally as good as ever, despite the fact that it doesn't compare to its schoolmates. Given that its previous redesign in 2009, it has actually come to be much less competitive with each passing year, and also Toyota has actually run the risk of hurting the Corolla's credibility. The 2014 can't hit car dealerships quickly enough.