Buyer's Guide

2022 Toyota Corolla
Select a Different Model (15 Available): L Sedan
Fuel Economy $ 30 / 38 mpg
Horsepower 139@6,100
Torque 126@3,900
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2022 Toyota Corolla MODEL OVERVIEW

Pros

  • Solid ride
  • Good fuel economy
  • Standard safety tech

Cons

  • Underpowered base engine
  • Lacks refinement
  • Honda Civic is better

What's New

  • Ruby Flare Pearl replaces Barcelona Red Metallic paint on Corolla sedan
  • Windchill Pearl replaces Blizzard Pearl paint on Corolla sedan
  • Finish Line Red replaces Supersonic Red paint on Corolla hatchback
  • USB ports change from Type A to Type C on Corolla hatchback
  • Special Edition package discontinued on Corolla hatchback
  • Premium Interior Package for Corolla Hybrid includes SofTex faux leather seats, heated front seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and power driver seat with lumbar support

What We Think

The Corolla's popularity is both a blessing and a curse. It has cemented a reputation for reliability and value, but it draws constant comparisons to another popular small car, the Honda Civic. The Corolla sedan lost out to the 2022 Civic in our comparison test because although it rides and handles well, it's not as refined as its rival. Tinny-sounding doors don't do the Corolla any favors, nor does its underpowered 1.8-liter base engine. Plus, the Civic has more interior space and superior ergonomics. We appreciate the Corolla's strong brakes, however, and find acceleration to be adequate on the 2.0-liter upgrade engine.

The attractive Corolla hatchback is similarly competent, quick enough, and smooth enough. When we tested a Corolla hatchback equipped with a manual transmission, it hugged the curves of canyon roads with aplomb, and we found the tall shifter to be fun. The clutch's vague feeling, however, led to some unintended wheelspin and had us stall out a few times.

Let's not forget the Corolla Hybrid, an exceptionally fuel-efficient small sedan. It delivers power smoothly, and its controlled ride inspires confidence. A soft-touch dashboard complements a streamlined, uncluttered interior. The brakes are a bit grabby on this model, though, and some road and wind noise seeps into the cabin. The new Premium Interior package should appeal to those who wanted a slightly more premium atmosphere in the one-trim Corolla Hybrid model.

The Corolla is a solid compact car, but it's not your best option. While far from perfect, the Corolla Hybrid is the standout model in the lineup because of its exceptional fuel economy.

Performance and Fuel Economy

All Corollas come standard with FWD. The Corolla L, LE, and XLE sedan receive a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 139 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through a CVT automatic. A Corolla XLE we tested with this engine hit 60 mph in a leisurely 10.2 seconds.

The Corolla SE and XSE sedans, and all hatchbacks, pack a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 168-169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.  Here, you'll also find a CVT automatic, but some cars come instead with a six-speed manual transmission. Our manual-equipped Corolla hatchback took 7.3 seconds to reach 60 mph.

Like the Prius, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid sedan packs a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and hybrid system for a total output of 121 hp.

For the best fuel economy, stick with the hybrid, which gets an excellent 53/52 mpg city/highway. The gas-only Corolla sedan achieves its best fuel economy with the 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission on the SE grade: 31/40 mpg. This drops to 28/36 mpg on the manual-equipped SE Apex edition. The hatchback tops out at 32/41 mpg with the 2.0-liter engine and automatic, but drops to 28/36 mpg when equipped with a manual transmission.

Safety Ratings and Features

The 2022 Toyota Corolla sedan and hatchback both received a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. These ratings include five stars in the front and side crash tests, and four stars in the rollover test. Both the sedan and hatchback also earned a 2021 Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS, boasting Good ratings in all crash tests. Headlights were rated Acceptable or Marginal depending on trim.

Standard safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

The Honda Civic sedan feels more spacious than the Corolla sedan, and the numbers back up our experiences. The Corolla hatchback benefits from a large cargo bay, but know that some compact hatchbacks offer more space.

Cargo space:

2022 Toyota Corolla sedan: 13.1 cubic feet
2022 Toyota Corolla hybrid: 13.1 cubic feet
2022 Toyota Corolla hatchback: 17.8 cubic feet
2022 Honda Civic sedan: 14.8 cubic feet

Legroom (first/second rows):

2022 Toyota Corolla sedan: 42.0/34.8 inches
2022 Toyota Corolla hybrid: 42.0/34.8 inches
2022 Toyota Corolla hatchback: 42.0/29.9 inches
2022 Honda Civic sedan: 42.3/37.4 inches

Technology

The Corolla sedan offers a choice of 7.0- and 8.0-inch touchscreens, while the hatchback comes standard with the latter. Every model gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Options include built-in navigation and an upgraded JBL sound system.

Recommended Trim

Given that the Honda Civic is a much more refined vehicle, with a better driving experience and nicer interior, we don't see many reasons to opt for the Corolla over its rival. One key exception is that the Civic can't touch the Corolla Hybrid's fuel economy. For this reason, we're most tempted to pick the hybrid. Although it delivers a smooth ride and strong value, there are a few drawbacks to this model, including that it's only available in one trim level. Keep in mind that while Honda doesn't currently offer a hybrid Civic, it has the fuel-efficient Insight.

What Is the Corolla Apex?

Available on the SE and XSE trims, the Apex Edition attempts to add sporty appeal to the Corolla sedan. It receives no additional power from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, but it gets chassis upgrades including specially tuned shocks with internal rebound springs. As a result of the changes, it rides lower than other Corolla sedans. The updates sound promising, but we were disappointed when we drove one. The Corolla Apex doesn't drive better than the standard Corolla, and ride quality is downright punishing.

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2022 TOYOTA COROLLA SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
REBATES
Engine Name
Engine: 4-Cyl 1.8 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, Continuously Variable Automatic
Trim
L Sedan
Class
Compact Passenger Car
Horsepower
139@6,100
Standard MPG
30/38
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
FWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Regular
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail
Show Full Specs
Corrosion Warranty Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
60
Powertrain Warranty Miles
60,000
Full Warranty Miles
36,000
Powertrain Warranty Months
60
Full Warranty Months
36
Roadside Assistance Miles
Unlimited
Maintenance Warranty Miles
N/R
Roadside Assistance Months
24
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
Amount Description Expiry Date
$0 0% Financing for a maximum term of 36 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 3.49% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$750 Toyota announces a Bonus Cash offer on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-03-2023
$1000 Toyota announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 04-04-2022
$500 Toyota announces a Lease Cash offer for owners of a competitive brand vehicle on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$750 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 2.99% Financing for a maximum term of 72 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$500 Toyota announces a College Graduate Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 04-04-2022
$500 Toyota announces a Military Rebate on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 04-04-2022
$0 2.9% Financing available for varying term lengths : 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$750 Toyota announces Bonus Cash on select models for eligible current owners. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022
$0 2.49% Financing available for varying term lengths : 36, 48, 60 Months - Toyota announces special APR Financing on select models. [Regional Incentive. See dealer for availability.] 01-31-2022