The Toyota Corolla has always been the top choice for people looking to buy an inexpensive, fuel-efficient and reliable vehicle. For that reason it has sold more than 33 million since it was launched 40 years ago.
What’s New for 2013
The Toyota Corolla is back for 2013, receiving a few minor changes that include a revised grille and an upgraded audio system equipped with a touchscreen display for the upper trim levels.
Trims and Options
The 2013 Toyota Corolla comes available in three different trims: L, LE and S trim levels.
The base L model is standard equipped with full power accessories, keyless entry, 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a trip computer and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
The LE takes the features mentioned above, but take it a step further by adding 16-inch steel wheels, cruise control, heated mirrors, variable intermittent wipers, steering wheel audio controls, a six-speaker sound system with a 6-inch touchscreen display, iPod/USB connectivity and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The S trim takes it a step even further by adding a sport-look body kit, a rear spoiler, foglights, upgraded cloth upholstery and metallic interior trim.
The LE and S trims offer an available Premium package that adds a sunroof and upgraded wheels, as well as the Premium interior package for the Corolla LE which adds an eight-way power driver seat, automatic headlights, automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Lastly, the 2013 Toyota Corolla also offers an available touchscreen navigation system equipped with satellite radio, voice control, and smartphone app integration through Toyota’s Entune system.
Under the Hood
Every 2013 Toyota Corolla comes equipped with a 1.8-liter inline-4 that produces 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined with the automatic transmission and 27/34/30 with the manual.
Interior Design and Special Features
On the inside, the Toyota Corolla’s controls are easy to see and simple to use. The seats are soft and comfy, and offer plenty of room for taller drivers, while the backseat also boasts decent room and a cushy bottom. It boasts 12.3 cubic feet of trunk space, average for the class, but the trunk is fit with a wide opening, which is particularly useful if you want to load up your groceries, suitcases, etc.
Standard safety features for the 2013 Toyota Corolla include front disk and rear drum antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags and side curtain airbags.
In government crash tests, the Corolla received an overall score of four out of five stars, with four stars for overall frontal-impact safety and five stars for overall side-impact safety. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash testing, the Corolla earned a top score of “Good” in the frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests.