Why has the Toyota Corolla been one of the most popular cars in its class for most of its run and spent a significant time on top as the best-selling compact car in America? It’s that simple combination of affordability and reliability, as 80 percent of Corollas sold since the early 1990s are still on the road in 2013. If you’ve owned a Corolla before, you’ll probably be tempted to get the new model, and you’ll get exactly what you expect. This is good and bad, as many other cars in this class seem to be reinventing themselves in order to keep up with the Corolla, while the Corolla doesn’t want to mess with success. That being said, it’s hard to go wrong with a Corolla, so if you’re not a big risk-taker when it comes to buying a new car, the 2013 Toyota Corolla continues to be a solid, safe choice in the compact sedan category. The Corolla offers a base model, as well as two additional trims, the S and LE, both of which feature multiple options packages.
New For 2013
The 2013 Toyota Corolla carries over from the 2012 model, not surprising, as the Corolla has logged years as the most popular car in the world. That being said, there are a few tweaks you’ll notice, such as:
- New front grille
- New options packages
- Slight price increase
The exterior of the 2013 Toyota Corolla features a new, sloping front grille with the characteristic Toyota logo in the middle and chrome accents on the S model. The S model also features a rear spoiler and front and rear underbody spoilers, along with available 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels. You’ll find 15-inch steel wheels on the base model. Remote keyless entry is standard. Exterior options include body side moldings, rear bumper protector, and black or silver 18-inch five-spoke wheels.
Option packages for the S and LE models can include a power moonroof with sliding sunshade and an auto on/off feature for the multi-reflector halogen headlights, which are standard on all models. Available colors include Barcelona Red, Nautical Blue, Black Sand, Super White, and Magnetic Gray.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Toyota Corolla interior features room for five passengers, with 12.3 cubic feet of cargo space. On the LE and S models, you’ll find a 6.1-inch central touch screen standard allowing you to control audio for radio, CD player and MP3, as well as get vehicle information and access Bluetooth technology, including hands free phone use. You can upgrade to the Navigation and Entune system, which provides additional navigation, internet, and music options. When it comes to seating and design, you’ve got a fabric trimmed 60/40 split fold down rear seat and fabric trimmed six-way adjustable driver’s seat and four-way adjustable front passenger seat. There’s a tilt/telescoping steering wheel with available metallic accents and audio and Bluetooth controls in the wheel. Information is provided through analog gauges, with an LCD odometer and temperature display. All this makes the interior of the 2013 Toyota Corolla comfortable, but nothing that would be mistaken for a luxury vehicle interior, even with one of the options packages in place.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla, like all 2013 Toyotas, features the Star Safety System as standard equipment. This system includes vehicle stability control, which prevents wheel slip by applying brake force to the wheels that need it and reducing engine power if necessary. Also included are traction control, an Anti-lock Braking System, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, which adds pressure in the case of sudden braking that indicates an emergency immediate stop is needed, as well as smart stop technology, which automatically reduces engine power if the brakes are firmly applied for more than half a second when the accelerator is already depressed at speeds greater than five miles per hour.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla, like its predecessors, offers a smooth, comfortable ride, if nothing spectacular, under normal driving conditions. There’s only one engine in the 2013 Toyota Corolla, a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that provides 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. You do have a choice between a four-speed automatic transmission and five-speed manual. The Corolla goes from zero to 60 in about ten seconds, so you’ll get there, but this is not a car that’s exactly designed to burn up the road. You’ll get a healthy 26/34 mpg city/highway when it comes to fuel economy; bump it up a notch to 27/34 mpg city/highway if you go with the manual transmission. The biggest plus to the Toyota Corolla driving experience is probably the nice, quiet ride. It doesn’t have the best handling among cars in its class, and it’s not the fastest, but the engine won’t scream at you and neither will the outside world, which for certain drivers, can make all the difference.
Key Competitors For The 2013 Toyota Corolla
- Ford Focus
- Honda Civic
- Hyundai Elantra