2013ToyotaCorolla Review By Joe Wiesenfelder

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Toyota Corolla Compact II

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By Joe Wiesenfelder

For there have been compact sedans than the Corolla, and that’s truer now ever before in the car’s history.

Fortunately, the 2013 Corolla’s replacement will come and put this sub-mediocre car to

I last reviewed the Corolla in (see the review ) and deemed it sophisticated and unstylish, to coin a The model was particularly galling it had been redesigned in 2009. I typically evoke my earlier (possibly because my record is but I also said in 2010 the Corolla is sure to stay the top of the sales charts, but that’s about what the car has been than what it is now. it this time. The Corolla has one of the best-selling compacts in the U.S. and despite being below in several ways.

Has anything in the past few years? Along its market standing, the Corolla hasn’t changed much. For there’s a restyled grille, a touch-screen audio system on LE and S levels, and chrome accents on the belt line and grille. the model years compared by side .)

Meanwhile, the rest of the class has ahead. Redesigned since are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Sentra. The Corolla’s archrival, the Civic, has been redesigned (see the 2013 review ). has returned to the market in this for the first time since with the Dart. (See key compared .) Fortunately for shoppers, has redesigned the Corolla for 2014 the early details ) and will put it on by the end of 2013.

Sometimes a car is redesigned it’s still quite that was the case for the previous-generation and Mazda3. The 2013 Corolla is the

Today’s below-average cars as uncompetitive as they used to be: tend to do the job without being chintzy or unreliable. Quite the the Corolla’s enduring achievement its top-rated reliability. Among sedans, only the Subaru matches it.

But there are differences, quantified and aesthetic, between and straggler models in this car If you haven’t shopped compact in five to 10 years, you could run out and buy a 2013 Corolla and be reasonably with it. But doing so would be more foolish than it was years ago. The 2013 theme is good enough.

The Inside

With 92 cubic of cabin volume, the Corolla is snug than the Civic and Cruze both with 95 feet and the Elantra, which has 96 feet. The Corolla’s front-seat and headroom are slightly below too, but it’s roomy for a 6-foot-tall adult. The bottom could be longer for better support.

The backseat is a strange With a rated 36.3 of legroom, it’s a tenth of an ahead of the Civic, about an more generous than the and more than 3 inches of the Elantra. But these specifications don’t tell the whole and I found the Corolla’s backseat more snug than the My knees pressed far into the driver’s seat’s backrest. But I say, it wasn’t as uncomfortable as it The seatback is super soft. The is nearly flat, similar to the which gives passengers places to put their feet thus, orient their

The Corolla interior’s greater are aesthetic ones. The gauges are and legible, but they’re also classier, illuminated instrument have moved into car class. It’s a similar with the ceiling liner, is a plain, feltlike material. competitors have adopted upscale woven cloth. The visors have a cheap as do the climate controls. The controls are clear and easy to use, but you turn the leftmost knob, you can and hear mechanical louvers within the dashboard. Electronic and buttons have become the for this function.

Perhaps the problem is the cabin materials, are harder and seem cheaper many in this car class. should be more cushioning you rest your arms on the and door panels.

The Corolla’s is relatively small, with cubic feet of volume. The is only two-tenths better, but the has 14.8 and the Cruze 15.4 feet. While all the cars in class have folding the Civic has a standard one-piece unless you upgrade to a high level. The Corolla and others 60/40-split folding backseats.

Behind the Wheel

The Corolla’s experience follows the theme. The is vague and the handling is competent in but not very sporty or agile. If what you want, check out the Focus, Dodge Dart or

While the Corolla’s ride isn’t refined, I found it than the 2013 Civic’s, with our test Corolla’s wheels from Toyota Development, which at 18 inches less bump absorption the standard 15- or 16-inch wheels on trim level) or the optional alloy wheels. I’ll add in our collective opinion, they ridiculous on this car as out of place as a spoiler or hood scoop be.

The drivetrain is similarly adequate but The 1.8-liter four-cylinder compares to base engines, but the Corolla’s transmission is a four-speed when and six-speeds are now the norm. I urge not to fixate on the technology too much: The four-speed is a reasonably well-behaved and I prefer it in some ways the continuously variable transmission in the and the balky dual-clutch automatic in the (The 2014 Corolla replace the four-speed with a

However, you can’t deny there’s a lot of space between the and that makes for more and noise when you hit the gas to pass, for It helps neither acceleration nor economy, which is an EPA-rated mpg city/highway/combined. The combined figure is 3 mpg the Civic and Elantra. It’s 2 mpg of the base Cruze but 1 mpg behind the upgrade engine, which is the seller. The Corolla offers one engine.


The Corolla well in crash tests, the top score of Good in the Insurance for Highway Safety’s moderate-overlap side, rear and roof-strength It also earned four overall, out of five, from the Highway Traffic Safety

Though the Corolla offers an navigation system, it doesn’t a backup camera a feature available elsewhere in this car and is standard in the Civic.

Given the size, child-safety seats fit in the reasonably well. Get the details in our Car Check. See all the safety features here.

Corolla in the Market

The 2013 is a case study in the power of and perception. The Corolla has earned a reputation over the course of and the perception appears to be that the model is just as good as even though it doesn’t to its classmates. Since its previous in 2009, it has become less with each passing and Toyota has risked harming the reputation. The 2014 can’t hit soon enough.

Toyota Corolla Compact II
Toyota Corolla Compact II
Toyota Corolla Compact II
Toyota Corolla Compact II


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