The Toyota Corolla has never been known for its engaging personality, but the latest model is trying to change that. The 2013 Toyota Corolla features distinctive styling and appealing new features. While there are certainly some rivals that are more exciting, the Corolla blends the latest features with tried-and-true dependability like few others can.
Fabulous Fuel Economy
The base Corolla, with the 4-speed automatic transmission, essentially uses the Corolla powertrain from 10 years ago. What you want is the new continuously variable transmission (CVT), which gives you up to 34 miles per gallon on the highway and 27 miles per gallon in the city. Toyota also built simulated shifts into the CVT's programming, so instead of holding a constant, annoying RPM during acceleration, it shifts up and down to keep things interesting.
After decades of so-so design, the latest Corolla has a dashboard that actually looks great, from the 3-spoke steering wheel and asymmetrical shifter surround, The materials aren't bad, either; they're certainly class-competitive. Overall, the Corolla is pretty nice inside.
Enormous Back Seat
The Corolla's wheelbase is about 4 inches longer than its predecessors, and that means unprecedented legroom for rear passengers. With all its space, we could be looking at a Camry's back seat. If you often have passengers in your back seat, the Corolla is arguably the most accommodating small car on the market. It might make you question whether the larger Camry is really necessary.
We're not calling the 2013 Corolla sporty, exactly, but it's definitely the most fun-to-drive Corolla in a long time. The sporty steering wheel feels good in your hands, and it's pretty responsive, too. Don't judge the Corolla until you drive it; it's more rewarding than you might think. Driving enthusiasts used to chuckle at the Corolla, but it's a pretty nimble little car these days.