2021 Toyota Corolla

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Toyota Corolla highlights

Customer rating


  • Attractive design inside and out
  • Both transmissions deliver smooth drive
  • Standard driver assistance features


  • Coarse engine noise under power
  • Hatchback has smaller rear seating
  • Driving feel doesn't match the fun exterior

Mileage (EPA estimate)

29 city, 36 highway, 32 combined

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A small sedan with a big feature list

The 2021 Toyota Corolla is a compact sedan that's tailor-made for those seeking a comfortable, practical runabout. Part of the 12th generation introduced in 2019, the 2021 Corolla offers a lengthy feature list and plenty of tech to make driving as effortless as possible. If you're looking for a car to tackle everyday driving duties — from the school run and office commute to grocery shopping and other errands — the 2021 Toyota Corolla is an ideal choice.

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What is new for the 2021 Toyota Corolla?

  • The Corolla is available in a variety of new trims, including the SE Apex and XSE Apex.
  • The Nightshade trim has been discontinued for 2021.
  • Corolla trims have been upgraded with Android Auto as standard equipment this year.
  • The XLE trim now comes with Leatherette & Cloth and Navigation System as standard equipment.
  • The XSE trim now comes with Leatherette Seats and Navigation System as standard equipment.
  • The L trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The LE trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The SE Night Shade trim now comes with Rear View Camera, Power Seat(s), and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

2021 Toyota Corolla trims

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  • Includes LED headlights, forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, seven-inch touchscreen, and more.


  • Adds heated side mirrors, automatic climate control, rear-seat USB port, and an eight-inch touchscreen.


  • Adds blind-spot monitoring, a sunroof, heated front seats, power-adjustable driver seat, remote keyless entry with push-button start, and more.


  • Includes all the LE features, and adds an optional 2.0L four-cylinder engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, and sporty front seats and exterior trim accents.

SE Nightshade: 

  • Includes all the SE features, plus blackout exterior trim and special 18-inch wheels.


  •  Includes all the features of both the SE and XLE trims combined.

Apex Edition: 

  • Available on both SE and XSE trims, this edition includes upgraded suspension components, lower ride height, and black and bronze exterior trim elements.

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5 reasons to buy the 2021 Toyota Corolla

1. Driver convenience features

2021 Toyota Corolla Review: Dashboard | CarMax

For peace of mind and ease of use, the 2021 Toyota Corolla has you covered. Standard driver convenience features include forward collision mitigation, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and LED headlights designed for excellent visibility in all conditions. The XLE trim adds blind-spot monitoring as standard, and adaptive headlights that swivel as you turn the steering wheel are available on XLE and XSE trims, designed to improve visibility around corners. These features make the 2021 Corolla a great choice for stress-free convenience in your daily driving.

2. Efficient engine options

2021 Toyota Corolla Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2021 Toyota Corolla offers a choice of two engines, both of which can help you minimize trips to the pump. The standard engine is a 1.8L four-cylinder, which gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined (automatic and manual transmissions).

Choose a model with automatic transmission for an EPA-estimated 30 mpg in the city, or the six-speed manual for an EPA-estimated 39 mpg on the highway.
On the SE trim and higher, you can shop for a model with the 2.0L four-cylinder engine, which gets an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined (automatic transmission).

3. Lots of trims and features

2021 Toyota Corolla Review: Cell | CarMax

The 2021 Toyota Corolla offers a great variety of trims, as well as a packed feature list across the entire lineup. Starting with the base L model, you'll get standard features like LED headlights and a seven-inch touchscreen interface with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. On the LE trim, you'll get automatic climate control, an enhanced eight-inch touchscreen, and a rear-seat USB port. The XLE features blind spot monitoring and heated seats with simulated leather upholstery. With so many options to choose from, it's easy to find a 2021 Toyota Corolla that's tailored to your needs.

4. Sharp styling

2021 Toyota Corolla Review: Exterior | CarMax

The 2021 Toyota Corolla is a practical vehicle, but it doesn't skimp on style. Sharp lines and curves around the front create an aggressive and eye-catching look, especially when paired with the sporty exterior trim options. The Corolla boasts a selection of eight available colors, ranging from sleek and subtle silvers and whites to more bold and striking tones. All of this makes the 2021 Toyota Corolla a stylish and sophisticated sedan that looks great in any setting.

5. Plenty of space for passengers and cargo

2021 Toyota Corolla Review: Backseats | CarMax

The 2021 Toyota Corolla can seat five passengers comfortably, with room to spare. A total passenger volume of 88.6 cubic feet (84.6 cubic feet on hatchback models) is matched with 42.0 inches of legroom for the front seats and 34.8 inches for the rear seats (29.9 inches on hatchback models). Not only that, but sedan models also offer 13.1 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, and hatchback models offer 17.8 cubic feet of cargo space. With the 2021 Corolla, you'll have plenty of space for your crew, your groceries, and your day-to-day cargo.

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If you're looking for engaging driving dynamics, check out the sport-styled 2017-2019 Honda Civic. Choose from three body types: sedan, two-door coupe, or hatchback. Stay in control with an available six-speed manual transmission, or enjoy the smooth ride of the continuously variable transmission. When equipped with the optional turbocharged 1.5L four-cylinder engine, the 2017-2019 Honda Civic gets an impressive EPA-estimated 32 mpg city and 42 mpg highway.

The Touring trim on the 2017-2019 Honda Civic adds heated rear seats, leather seating, a 450-watt sound system, and the Honda Sensing suite of driver aids.

You'll get many in-demand features standard on a 2017-2019 Honda Civic, including:

  • LED daytime running lights

  • Four-speaker audio system

  • Multi-angle rearview camera

  • Automatic climate control

  • Bluetooth audio streaming

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.5 out of 5

8 customer reviews

RepairPal gave the Toyota Corolla an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Toyota Corolla 1st out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Toyota Corolla features and specs

LE 2WD 4D Sedan

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42"/R 34.8"

Head room

F 38.3"/R 37.1"

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More about the 2021 Toyota Corolla

Color options

Exterior colors:

  • Barcelona Red Metallic

  • Black Sand Pearl

  • Blizzard Pearl

  • Blue Crush Metallic

  • Blueprint

  • Celestite

  • Classic Silver Metallic

  • Super White

Interior details

  • Seating for up to five people

  • 88.6 cubic feet of passenger volume (84.6 cubic feet on hatchback models)

  • 13.1 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the rear seats (17.8 cubic feet on hatchback models)

  • Standard seven-inch touchscreen display

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

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