At 32 mpg overall, this generation Corolla's fuel economy was among the best we'd measured in any conventional car with an automatic transmission, other than a hybrid or a diesel. The manual transmission model gets the same fuel economy as the automatic. The pleasant and refined Corolla provides a comfortable ride, an improved driving position, and a roomier rear seat, compared with the previous model.
Alerts
There are 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags available, standard from 2009. Head protection air bags available from 2005, standard from 2009. ESC available from 2005, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking standard from 2017.
Road Test

At 32 mpg overall, this generation Corolla's fuel economy was among the best we'd measured in any conventional car with an automatic transmission, other than a hybrid or a diesel. The manual transmission model gets the same fuel economy as the automatic. The pleasant and refined Corolla provides a comfortable ride, an improved driving position, and a roomier rear seat, compared with the previous model. Interior fit and finish isn't quite as good though. Aided by electronic stability control, handling is responsive and secure, though not sporty.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 (132 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2012 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

“Front bumper and splash shields are so low that they have hung on curbs in parking lots”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“the protective screen like substance around the wheel well has started to peel. Also ignition key would not pull out. Dealer made me a new key”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“front grill actually fell off”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“front lower screen fell out. lower front panels loosened”

John H., NY (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“just my car the front bummper is loose”

Matthew D., AZ (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Clips holding trim to fender have failed (three clips). These seem to be available only at a dealer so I have not been able to do it myself”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“coming apart, cheaply made”

John S., FL (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“panel under passenger dash keeps coming off. also rubber moldings around doors are loose at ends and need to be put back on all the time”

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Paint or finish has disintigrtated on the internal drivers side door-pull. Dealer said he would replace handle. He has not followed through”

Joe M., AL (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Under the trim in the truck the paint cracked allow rust to start”

Anthony D., ON (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front fender chipped”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“just seems like it keeps chipping all over, very small but noticeable. I notice it after a fresh wash, seems like it gets worse everytime. I mean it still has 99% of the paint on it but it drives me crazy because of the looks”

Matthew D., AZ (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“paint chipping off bumbers”

Robert Z., NY (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“you can see in the door frames that the paint is lightly sprayed, fading on hood and trunk”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“Car is white and shows spots that look like rust but are claimed by dealer to be environment caused - most wash off but are quick to reappear - one especially on the trunk presents as a rust spot”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Under the trim on the truck rust started”

Anthony D., ON (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust was weeping from under the trim on the trunk. Repaired under warranty”

Michael C., MB (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Mice have chewed their way in through the firewall (which is nothing but shredded and compressed upholstery scraps) and build nests on the cabin filter causing problems there as well as entering the cabin and leaving mouse droppings everywhere. I no”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Firewall is made of compressed used upholstery and mice chew right through and gain entrance to the air duct. Have removed mouse nest from on top of the cabin filter. Toyota could at least place a screen mesh in firewall along with all the compressed upholstery!”

Ron P., IL (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Driver side headrest rattles. Multiple rattles in dash, mostly in fall and winter temperatures”

William C., WI (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Lots of interior noise”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The heat shield has come loose several times since I bought this car new in 2012. It now needs a new heat shield”

Ken D., IN (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“When certain windows are open there is a really loud sound!”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The rubber stripping around the sunroof came loose on at least three occasions and I had to take the car to the dealer. Final fix has lasted about a year”

Anonymous, MA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Wind noise at all speeds”

Gordon D., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Too much wind noise”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“wind noise and the noises as the vehicle gets older”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

“The light keeps coming on but it is ok”

Carla S., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Dashboard like a Christmas tree. ABS light, Traction Cont light, brake light all on. My mechanic diagnosed the ABS module as faulty--$750 + labor USED. $3600 + labor NEW. Holy cow. This should not be happening at 48000 miles”

Ron P., IL (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The ABS warning light came on, as well as linked warning lights. Problem disappeared for a while, then the lights came back. Dealer diagnosed a problem that would prevent ABS from working and charged $3,500 to replace the problem component”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“brakes don't seem to last as long as they should. It seems some dealerships may replace brakes even when they still have 6 months left on them”

Andrew M., ON (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“The front brakes wore out too soon because the rear brakes were not functioning”

Lancelot R., FL (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Regular check-ups indicated rapid wear”

J V., ON (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front brakes worn and need replacing, to be done soon”

Ronald H., VA (2012 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“The GPS system has never worked right since it was new. it often does not know where it is at (shows us on one road when we are really on another) and gives bad directions such as will tell us to turn right when map shows left turn.refused to repair”

Kenneth H., AL (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The system showed map locations near and far in surrounding states and would spin. Would not display location where I was at any given time. Became useless”

Lowell G., DE (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The navigation system has never worked and Toyota refuse to repair or compensate us for the defective product. I will never buy another Toyota”

Kenneth H., AL (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Does not work. Get "Bluetooth Failed" message”

Chris A., OH (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Radio

“The Sirius/XM Satellite Radio loses the signal periodically. Since it is an intermittent problem and it has never occurred when at the Toyota Dealership, they refuse to replace the Satellite portion of the entertainment system”

Lee F., PA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“Crackling”

Shaun O., CA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Cruise control

“the button that turns CC on/off simply fell out. Had to go to the Toyota place in Spfd., MO to get it fixed”

Anonymous, MO (2012 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

“Headlights, interior lights always seemed dim. Often had trouble starting car. AAA mechanic suggested a new battery. Bought new battery - which fixed problems”

Phyllis P., CO (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Heated or cooled seats

“seemed to be a short circuit. I was getting small shocks from the drivers' seat when the heated seats were turned on. Toyota repaired it at no cost”

Anonymous, AB (2012 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

“Tire pressure monitor was always on. Toyota mechanics couldn't fix. Had flat tire, which AAA fixed. Bought new Michelin tires @ Discount Tire garage - problem solved”

Phyllis P., CO (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“This is related to the ABS problem. The ABS light, traction control, and parking brake lights came on. The problem went away for several months, then returned. Dealer said the lights came out due to a problem with the ABS, which needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“The alarm does not engage. Also power locks don't work intermittently and the driver's door power lock stopped working all together”

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“Air conditioning stopped working in early 2014. Dealership had to order parts and provided me with a rental for three days. Not exactly sure what was replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“cold air switches to warm air when running to a/c”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Blower (fan) motor

“Problems caused by mouse nesting material--see comment on leaks”

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Automatic climate control

“Cannot turn on AC”

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Glass defects

“driver's side rear vent window losened and was replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

“The seat belts don't latch well and at times they seemed latched but then you notice it's unlatched”

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“twisting , this is true of the last 3 Toyotas I have had including the new tacoma”

John S., FL (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Transmission made a loud whining noise from 35 to 65mph. It was replaced under warranty”

Thomas P., CA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Shifting made a slight slippage. Dealer completely replaced automatic transmission under warranty”

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Transaxle had rumbling noise, like worn wheel bearings”

M K., BC (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

“Heat shield came loose last year, garage repaired, loose currently awaiting a garage visit when changing tires”

Anonymous, NL (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Other/unsure

“Entune is junk, will not connect without a lot of time spent and then drops it, useless item, junk crap to sell a car and then no support. Warrenty useless on this, Toyota refused any help”

Kenneth H., AL (2012 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Purchased an iPhone 3-4 months ago. Using the iPhone I can not get all of the Entune features to work”

Lee F., PA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“O2 sensor failed”

Thomas I., MI (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“O2 sensor failed”

Adam S., CO (2012 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Oil leaks

“It was found when it was barely a drip and was repaired at no cost to me”

Katherine M., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

“Ay 106000 km had to fix cylinder head”

Anonymous, ON (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

“Yesterday, 5/415, I had "engine"/"track off" dash lights. Diagnostics indicated a bit of carbon caused a spark plug to misfire. Toyota fixed the problem immediately, and recommended monitoring. I have "extended warranty" ... no charge to m”

Caty L., CA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

“This car is hard to control in the rain at freeway speeds”

Anonymous, WA (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“The whole electrical system is a mess”

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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