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Used Car: 2013 Toyota Corolla Review

Review Last Updated: 10/8/14

The 2013 Toyota Corolla has a good reliability rating, but reviewers were unimpressed with its lackluster handling and low-rent cabin materials.

The 2013 Toyota Corolla is powered by a four-cylinder engine that test drivers said provides adequate power, but that acceleration on the highway or when climbing hills could be better. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and a four-speed automatic is available. Equipped with an automatic transmission, the 2013 Toyota Corolla gets an EPA-estimated 26/34 mpg city/highway, which is in line with that of rival compact cars. Critics said the Corolla isn't much fun to drive, with quite a bit of body lean while cornering and steering that doesn’t offer much feedback. However, most agreed that the Corolla's ride is comfortable and that the general driving experience is pleasant.

Auto writers noted the 2013 Toyota Corolla’s interior features hard plastics and a plain appearance compared with many rivals' cabins. Several critics mentioned that the Corolla’s front seats aren’t very supportive and that legroom in the rear seat is somewhat limited. The Corolla’s trunk has 12.3 cubic feet of space, which is normal for the class. The 2013 Corolla comes standard with an auxiliary input, while features like a power sunroof, a display audio system with a 6.1-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio and navigation are available. Reviewers appreciated that the Corolla's audio and climate controls are easy to use.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra offers more trunk space than the Corolla, and test drivers said there is ample rear-seat legroom. They praised the Elantra for its composed ride and precise steering, as well as its nice cabin materials.          

The 2013 Honda Civic has an excellent reliability rating, and auto critics praised its sharp steering, controlled handling and upscale cabin. The Civic gets better fuel economy than the Corolla, and has a few more standard features than the Corolla, including Bluetooth and a rearview camera.

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