A comfortable and practical compact car!
A combination of practicality and relatively small size has made compact cars such a popular choice today. If you have a growing family or just need a nice runabout around town and the occasional long-distance drive, a compact car like the Toyota Corolla might be the right fit.
Here's what you'll learn in this 11th generation (2013–present) Toyota Corolla review:
- Key Specs & Features
- 5 Reasons to Buy
- What You Need to Know
- Years in Review
- The Bottom Line
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Key Specs & Features (11th-generation models, 2013–present)
- The 2018 Toyota Corolla offers a selection of three inline-four engines, two 1.8L inline-four powerplants — one petrol and one hybrid — and a 2.0L petrol inline-four for hatchback models.
- The 11th-generation Toyota Corolla comes with a five-speed manual transmission as standard and a four-speed automatic included as an option.
- The 2017–2018 Toyota Corolla comes with Toyota's own Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of driver assistance technologies as standard. The suite includes a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic pedestrian detection and braking, lane departure warning and steering assist, and more.
- Adaptive cruise control is standard on all 2018 Toyota Corolla models.
- The 2018 Toyota Corolla boasts a range of in-car entertainment features as standard, including the Toyota Entune™ 3.0 touchscreen infotainment system with Amazon Alexa™ and Apple CarPlay™ integration, a six-speaker audio system with CD player, and the Siri® Eyes Free voice control system for iPhone® users.
5 Reasons to Buy
1. Striking styling
Forget compact cars not being exciting to look at; from the 2014 redesign onward, the Toyota Corolla has real poise and purpose to its styling. With its dramatic angled lights and front grille, it will turn heads whether on the highway or just parked on the curb.
2. Comfortable ride
The Toyota Corolla has a well-earned reputation for giving a comfortable and smooth ride and the 11th-generation keeps that reputation going. The soft-sprung suspension smooths out any bumps in the road and the 1.8L engine provides equally smooth acceleration without too much engine noise. Pair these with soft and ultra-comfy seating — particularly on the 2018 model where the SE trim includes sports seats with excellent lateral support — and the Corolla seeks to provide you with an overall great ride.
3. Plenty of backseat legroom
To add to the comfort factor, passengers in the back seats have plenty of room to stretch out, with a flat floor pan and high headroom giving you lots of space inside. Combine that with the comfortable seating and long journeys should be a breeze for you and your passengers.
4. Lots of convenient, standard features
One thing is for certain with the current Toyota Corollas — a lot comes standard, even on lower trim levels. Features such as air conditioning, height-adjustable driver seat, and keyless entry are standard on the base L trim going back as far as 2013 models. For 2017 and 2018 models, the base L trim also includes features like adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, and the Toyota Entune six-speaker audio system — all as standard.
5. User-friendly interface and interior features
The 11th-generation Toyota Corolla has consistently received praise from reviewers for a great selection of interior features and functions. And many of the above features are coupled to an intuitive interface; the steering-wheel-mounted buttons give you easy access to and control of all your car's interior technology and for Corollas from the model year 2017 and onward, you get a seven-inch touch screen, and secondary multi-informational display.
What You Need To Know
Toyota Corolla Trim Levels
2013 Trim Levels
- L - Features 15-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, air-conditioning, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable driver seat, a trip computer, and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player, and auxiliary audio jack.
- LE - Comes with 16-inch steel wheels, heated mirrors, variable-speed windshield wipers, cruise control, Bluetooth®, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, and a six-speaker sound system featuring a six-inch touchscreen display, auxiliary audio jack, iPod/USB connectivity, and Bluetooth audio streaming.
- LE Special Edition - Sports unique exterior paint color, 16-inch alloy wheels, Toyota Entune touchscreen infotainment/navigation system, heated front seats, and leather upholstery.
- S - Includes fog lights, sporty-looking body kit, a rear spoiler, upgraded cloth upholstery, and metallic interior trim.
- S Special Edition - Adds unique exterior paint color, 17-inch alloy wheels, and Toyota Entune touchscreen infotainment/navigation system.
2014–2016 Trim Levels
- L - Largely unchanged from 2013; adds LED low beam headlights and iPod/USB connectivity on the six-speaker sound system.
- LE- Metallic cabin accents, automatic climate control, and a rearview camera are new for 2014.
- LE Eco - Includes all the LE features but also sports unique engine and transmission tuning, low-rolling-resistance tires, a rear spoiler, and enhanced aerodynamics.
- S - Features a chrome grille frame, fog lights, color-keyed mirrors with turn signal repeaters, a rear spoiler, and front sport seats.
2017–2018 Trim Levels
- L -Adds air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, and bi-LED headlights and running lights.
- LE - Mostly unchanged from 2014–2016; now includes keyless entry and metallic cabin inserts.
- LE Eco - The LE Eco remains unchanged from 2014–2016.
- XLE - Includes 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and ignition, upgraded headlights, a sunroof, Toyota SoftEx® upholstery, and heated front seats.
- SE - Features a choice of either six-speed automatic (CVT) or manual transmission, 17-inch alloy wheels, a black mesh front grille, heated color-keyed side mirrors with turn signal indicators, a rear spoiler, a chrome-tipped exhaust, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
- SE 50th Anniversary Edition - Features anniversary badging, 17-inch wheels, and upgraded upholstery with Black Cherry contrast stitching.
- XSE - Adds a sunroof, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, and more.
Toyota Corolla Available Colors
The 2018 Toyota Corolla features nine color options:
- Barcelona Red Metallic
- Black Sand Pearl
- Blizzard Pearl
- Classic Silver Metallic
- Blue Crush Metallic
- Falcon Gray Metallic
- Galactic Aqua Mica
- Slate Metallic
- Super White
Toyota Corolla Average CarMax Prices1
- 2014–2017: Average price less than $15,000.
- 2018: Average price less than $17,000.
Years In Review
2013 Toyota Corolla
The 2013 Toyota Corolla comes with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine throwing out 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque, and a choice of a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The 2013 Toyota Corolla gets an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the 1.8L four-cylinder petrol engine and five-speed manual transmission.2
2014 Toyota Corolla
The 2014 model Toyota Corolla tweaks the exterior styling of the 2013 model to be more striking. There's also improved fuel economy — the new-for-2014 LE Eco trim package delivers an EPA-estimated 34 mpg when combined with a 1.8L four-cylinder petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission. The base model in this year will do 32 mpg if equipped with the same engine and transmission.2
2015 Toyota Corolla
The 2015 Toyota Corolla offers more tweaks to the interior to improve comfort and rear-seat legroom, and a touchscreen and automatic climate control come standard.
2016 Toyota Corolla
No changes were made for the 2016 model year.
2017 Toyota Corolla
The 2017 Toyota Corolla biggest improvements are in its tech features, including a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure intervention, and adaptive cruise control.
2018 Toyota Corolla
The 2018 Toyota Corolla is largely unchanged from the 2017 model.
The Bottom Line
The fact of the matter is this: if you are on the lookout for a comfortable car for you or your family, the Toyota Corolla is a great all-around option as a compact car.
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1Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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