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2013 toyota corolla review

2013 toyota corolla review

The Japanese Motor Corporation Toyota has manufactured the Corolla since 1966. It has become one of the best-selling vehicles on the planet. This auto has gone through 11 generations since 1966 with the last one in 2012/2013. The chassis designation uses the letter ‘E’ followed by 2 or 3 numbers. The 2013 North American model has the designation E170. This eleventh generation vehicle is classified as a compact car that is available in 3 trims: the Base L, the mid-level LE, and the top-of-the-line S. The Corolla is available as a 5-passenger, 4-door sedan with a front-engine and either front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive.

There are several pros and cons associated with the 2013 Toyota Corolla. Those who have taken the vehicle for a test drive report that the ride is comfortable and the cabin is quiet even at higher speeds. The controls in the cabin are uncomplicated and easy to use. On the downside, test drivers found that the interior cabin quality was somewhat dull and unimpressive. Similarly, the exterior styling is also not very exciting. Slow acceleration and mediocre handling make the driver feel disconnected from the driving experience. Although the Corolla has been known for great fuel economy in the past, its competitors have surpassed it. The Corolla averages 34 mpg on the highway which isn’t bad, but its competitors average 40 mpg on the highway.

Under the hood of the 2013 Toyota Corolla is a 1.8-liter inline 4-cylinder engine as standard equipment. This may be coupled with either a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an available 4-speed automatic transmission. The engine can develop 132 hp with torque of 128 lb-ft. The EPA fuel economy is 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with the manual gearbox, and 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway for the automatic transmission. Road tests vary, but you can expect an acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in approximately 10 seconds with a top speed of 111 mph. Standard brake types include rear drum and front disc brakes.

The base trim level L Corolla comes standard with remote keyless entry, a steering wheel that is tilt-and-telescoping, air-conditioning, a 60/40-split-foldable rear seat, a driver’s seat that is height-adjustable, a trip computer, 15-inch steel wheels with covers, and power windows and locks. Standard safety features include an electronic stability system along with traction control, front side impact airbags that are seat-mounted, side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, and anti-lock brakes.

The LE trim has all the L features plus 16-inch steel wheels, Bluetooth, a CD player that is MP3-compatible, cruise control, a 6-speaker sound system connected to a 6-inch touch screen, and heated side mirrors. The S trim has all that plus a steering wheel trimmed in leather, fog lights, upgraded cloth upholstery, metallic interior trim, and spoilers for the front and rear. Optional features on the upper trim levels include a Premium package with upgraded alloy wheels, a sunroof, and halogen headlights.

Although the interior has been described as a bit dull and uninteresting, it is really not that bad. It is actually quite roomy in the front for a compact vehicle. However, the rear seat is somewhat cramped with regards to leg and head room. Interior plastics are a boring beige or gray color although the layout is very functional. Trunk cargo volume is a nice 12.3 cubic feet which can be much more with the 60/40-split foldable rear seats. The exterior may look mundane from the side, but a new racy grille with swept-back chrome highlights keeps things interesting. The Corolla has been around a long time and has plenty to offer any driver.

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