Toyota Corolla 2012

Toyota Corolla 2012: The Toyota Corolla compact sedan is embeded the slow-moving lane as its competitors zooms by. The updates it obtained for the 2009 design year and also again for 2011 haven't been enough to keep up in this quickly evolving section.

From its dull driving experience as well as aging inside to its poor gas mileage, the 2011 Corolla can't match exactly what its competitors deals. We evaluated a high-level 2011 Corolla S with an as-tested price of $20,855.

Toyota Corolla 2012

Trip & Handling

Historically, one of the Corolla's much better qualities has been its relatively comfy trip that's well-suited to daily commuting. That had not been the case with the S model I checked, whose ride quality is more detailed to the Kia Forte's tight tuning. The suspension sends even small pavement acnes to the cabin, while bigger bumps create a loud shock. The harsh trip and also substantial road sound recall an earlier age, when small autos sacrificed refinement in the name of inexpensive car.

The Corolla's body movements are reasonably well-controlled when cornering, yet unlike the redesigned Focus as well as the Mazda3, the auto has no cravings for fun. Its numb guiding is just one of the biggest culprits; there's no feel for what's occurring down at the front tires. I prefer to drive, however the Corolla did even more to moisten my interest for it than any kind of auto I've been in recently.

Going & Stopping

None of the present crop of small cars and trucks is particularly fast, but most of them can keep pace with fast-moving urban web traffic. The Corolla can, too, but there were times when the four-speed automated's gearing made the car really feel sluggish. The bigger concern, however, is a lack of drivetrain refinement-- an area where competitors like the Elantra and also Cruze have elevated bench substantially.

The 1.8-liter four-cylinder is a rugged little engine that you constantly hear, yet which never ever sounds great. The automated carries out one-gear kickdowns with appropriate rate, however if you require a two-gear downshift be prepared to wait a minute for the transmission making the option-- and also for the extra engine noise that accompanies it.

Maybe the oddest aspect of the Corolla driving experience is the car's propensity to surge a bit attempting to preserve a constant speed (without utilizing cruise control). It had not been an one-time thing, either, as I can constantly count on it happening during my commute when traveling around 50 mph. Whether it's caused by an excessively delicate gas pedal or another thing, it's the example that might drive you crazy on a journey. The only various other cars and truck I have actually driven that showed similar habits was a Mercury Milan Crossbreed I assessed a couple of years ago.

The Corolla has actually long been a fuel-sipping choice in the small section, yet its EPA-estimated gas mileage has actually been reasonably constant for the past couple of years, while the competitors has seen large renovations. The 2011 Elantra is rated 29/40 mpg city/highway, and routine versions of the automatic-equipped 2012 Civic are ranked 28/39 mpg. The automatic Corolla, meanwhile, obtains what currently looks like a lackluster 26/34 mpg.

Like the steering tuning, the Corolla's mushy brake pedal is partly responsible for the cars and truck's dull feeling.

Cabin Roominess & Design

The chauffeur's seat includes an elevation modification, yet I never found an optimal driving position since the steering wheel didn't turn reduced sufficient for me. Plus, the resting place for your left foot is extremely small-- my foot was frequently moving off it-- as well as uneasy. Among our editors assumed the driver's seat really did not move back much enough, either.

A snug rear seat is quite typical for the small section, and also the Corolla is no exemption. My knees were pressed right into the chauffeur's seat, which the good news is really did not have any kind of plastic backing. The rear seat does not provide much upper leg assistance, either. I'm 6-foot-1, which is a difficult examination for a compact, but the Corolla's back seat appears tighter compared to most.

Compared to the 2011 Elantra or 2012 Emphasis, the Corolla's cautiously styled interior appearances bland. Still, all the essential controls are attentively prepared and within simple reach when driving. That said, the cabin has many quality imperfections-- and also just a few exceptional characteristics.

Probably the greatest culprit is the air-conditioning controls, which are composed primarily of three big dials that rotate with a sloppiness not typically seen in a modern-day car. Each time you adjust the temperature, fan rate or air movement instructions, you'll be reminded how crude these controls are.

The cabin also has quite a bit of difficult plastic on the upper door trim and also armrests, so no matter where you relax your left arm, it probably will not locate a supported surface. There are additionally rough finishes on the minimally padded facility armrest that even more reduce the sense of quality, as well as the urethane guiding wheel on our high-level S trim felt out of position on a $20,000-plus car.

On the other hand, the optional stereo in our examination vehicle revealed great deals of song details on its screen, it had actually well damped switches as well as it included a Bluetooth streaming audio feature.


The 2011 Corolla is an Insurance Coverage Institute for Highway Safety And Security Top Security Pick. It got the leading overall rating-- Good-- in the IIHS' front, side, back as well as roof-strength tests, and it has a standard digital stability system. However, in the National Freeway Web traffic Security Administration's side-impact accident test, the Corolla obtained simply 2 out of five stars.

Extra typical safety and security features consist of anti-skid brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side drape air bags, front energetic head restrictions, as well as a brake override system.

Corolla in the Market
In the '90s, GM's and also Ford's auto businesses suffered while the car manufacturers chased make money from SUVs, a technique that alienated cars and truck shoppers. It seems Toyota didn't learn by their instance, due to the fact that in the past couple of years the Corolla has actually been disregarded.

It's still a top-seller, but I presume a lot of that success is driven by the cars and truck's track record, as opposed to where it really ranks in the small segment today. Customers willing to take a look at the Hyundai Elantra, as an example, will certainly find a vehicle that's more fun to drive, has far better indoor top quality and gets better gas mileage.

GM is developing competitive cars and trucks these days, but it's still battling to shed adverse customer perceptions. The Corolla seems to be riding on the a good reputation it's accumulated over the years, yet fact will catch up with it eventually. If that occurs before Toyota carries out an old college try to revamp the vehicle, the automaker is going to have an issue on its hands.