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 5 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Overall a good driving vehicle but acceleration on the freeway takes a while."

Paul G., CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Since it's a manual transmission, acceleration is pretty decent. Braking and handling is good, too."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Drives well. Acceleration is smooth and steady."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"For a 4 cylinder it has great acceleration. Handling is wonderful."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Good"

Lee S., NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Very good acceleration."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"easy handling"

Anonymous, BC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The car handles well but the acceleration is sluggish. It's particularly sluggish from a stop - no pep at all."

John F., NJ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Drives as expected...like my 2008"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The transmission drives me crazy with it's shifting on the highway. Downshifts all the time engine goes from 2600 RPM to 4000 RPM then back."

Arthur N., NV (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Car mileage is very good responds very well, noise level a trifle high. Car accelerates quickly when this is needed. Have not had any close calls where I needed to to quickly avoid trouble."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"smooth acceleration, handles well, great car"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The ABS braking system is defunct. Will cost big bucks to fix."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Very responsive, it's a simple car which delivers value."

S B., QC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Smooth; a bit quicker acceleration than my Honda Civic (2001). Handling is basically boring - the Honda was a lot more fun to drive."

PATRICK H., AZ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Compared to other cars, it is extremely boring to drive. Otherwise, for the price, it is ok."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Very poor acceleration compared to Toyoas I have owned in the past 40 years."

CHRISTINE L., CO (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Under pwered but economical. It over-steers."

DAVID L., VA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"This car navigation system has not worked since day one and they would not repair. I took in for warranty a lot of times and all they said is it worked within specs but it often thinks it is on the wrong road or miles away from where it actually is. This car does not drive good and I will not buy another Toyota."

KENNETH H., AL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Would have liked a larger engine"

JAMES B., CO (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"it is fast"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Great acceleration great handling"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"It is a bit doggy. I had to get used to not accelerating as fast as I do with our 1997 Toyota Camry."

ANNETTE G., AZ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceleration and handling OK for this vehicle but not on part with a Camry."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"It is a very weak engine, not good for going up long or steep hills. Not a good car for road trips in hilly or mountainous areas."

LEE F., UT (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"A bit sluggish in acceleration. Otherwise, handles well."

Anonymous, PA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Shifts constantly and does 4000 RPM and sounds like it is coming apart, I dread any uphill grades."

Anonymous, NV (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"For a small vehicle, the acceleration and handling is almost as good as the Mercedes I had for 20 years."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Electric steering too sensitive."

Edward P., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Seems a bit underpowered for the cat (1800cc). Would have preferred a manual tranmission. Also would like to have had a sun roof"

Anonymous, NE (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"All good. But the car is hard to see out of because of headrests and roof pillars. Requires adjustment to driving practices in order to drive safely."

Anonymous, MA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Very peppy (good acceleration), excellent handling, excellent gas mileage"

Nelson H., NH (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Could have more Horse power."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Very slow acceleration, and when there are 4 in the vehicle, it is downright turtle like. However, the gas mileage is very good (averaged 37.5mpg on trip to NC). Handling is adequate, has a lot of understeer if pushed."

Carl S., PA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Adequate acceleration and handling."

Greg G., WI (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"This car is quite competent with regards to acceleration and handling. The only thing I don't like is that when I accelerate there is often a pause before the car starts going."

John F., NJ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Sides of seat are too high causing wallet, in my hip pocket, to press against nerve in hip to cause pain in hip and leg. I remove wallet while driving."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"This is an intown commuter only, I do not recommend it for long drives. Be careful not to leave headlights on, it will drain the battery completely."

Raymond S., NM (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are firm supportive and comfortable. Ride is very responsive. Perhaps not as smooth as it could be. Quiet ride."

S B., QC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"good"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats of the Corolla are not the most comfortable. There is little leg room in the back and when I have the baby car seat in the back, the front seat cannot be pushed back at all. The ride with several brands of tires is not smooth as in the Camry. There is a lot of road noise."

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Very cramped rear seats..little leg room when front seats are pushed back even slightly."

Burt K., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats not comfortable for long rides......needs lumbar support."

Anonymous, NH (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Had driven the vehicle long distance and hip or legs were not comfortable afterwards. Got a seat cushion insert on the driver seat on the return trip. No discomfort on the return trip."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are comfortable."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The driver's seat is very comfortable which is important because I have back problems and had back surgery last year"

Robert C., NJ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are comfortable enough for medium length road trips (4 hours). The road noise is high at 70-80 mph on the interstate. This is to be expected in an entry level car though."

Edward K., NV (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Front seats have inadequate lumbar support but the car is a great value for the money."

James D., CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"We just bought it 2 weeks ago. Seems to be comfortable and handles well."

Lee S., NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Very comfortable seats. Not too much noise. Pleasant ride."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The seats are rather thin, and are not comfortable for long rides. However they are fine for short rides in town."

John F., NJ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Front seats uncomfortable. Lumbar support weak"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Disappointed in the overall road noise. Seats are just okay."

Carl S., PA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"It is extremely difficult for me to see out the rear window when backing up. My husband, who is of average height, has this issue as well."

Anonymous, NC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"1) After a few months, the seat became so uncomfortable to sit in that I had to purchase a pillow to sit on. After that, my kids got me an expensive memory foam cushion that works very well. 2) The noises I hear from outside are sometimes disconcerting because I'm not sure if those noises are from my car or some other source. I have to turn off the radio and sometimes open the window to figure it out. Mostly it's another source, but I'm still concerned just hearing an outside noise. 3) I have no issues with the ride - the car does very well on bumpy roads, and I've never been concerned with too soft or too firm a ride."

Katharine P., NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Noisy on the highway"

Arthur N., NV (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"comfortable but road noise is a little loud"

Doyle R., FL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Comfort is good...ride as expected"

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The suspension is more firm than expected."

Robert H., GA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are comfortable, provide good back support an have no problem getting in or out of the vehicle."

Anonymous, CT (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Ride is loud."

Anonymous, DC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"road noise"

Anonymous, TX (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"My wife rides this car and she is very happy with it. The only gripe that I have is the acceleration when passing another vehicle has a delayed response."

Anonymous, IN (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Negatives: road noise and rattle related to sun roof"

Anonymous, ID (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Driver seat cannot be adjusted up and down, only forward and backwards"

THOMAS C., FL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"I wore a hole in the expensive floor mats on the drivers side in less than 25,000 miles. Passenger side will note stay put. It rides up."

EDWARD P., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Not very comfortable seats. A little noisy. Rude is okay for the price."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"front seats are not wide enough and are to hard"

MARGARET R., NE (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Visibility of front of car's hood is very poor. Special low-profile windshield wipers still block lower part of windshield as well as only available from Toyota. Wind noise from sides, even with windows closed, is excessive at freeway speeds."

J T., CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are comfortable and the ride is very quite."

NICHOLAS A., NJ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Lots of road noise"

Anonymous, VA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"I miss the comfort of my Camry but this is easier to park."

JAMES M., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"even quieter tires do not seem to help the road noise problem"

JOSEPH M., AL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"I find it noisy . Hard to hear the audio. Not a great sound system"

Anonymous, NS (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"road noise is loud"

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The area where my feet are when I drive is awkwardly shaped so that it is uncomfortable for my legs, especially on a long drive."

JOHN H., NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The bucket seats are extremely uncomfortable, and there is a constant vibration/flapping underneath during transport that is both loud and annoying that the dealer has been unable to repair in 4 separate trips."

Robert K., NL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Seats are comfortable, but lot more road noise than I expected. Ride is pretty good. It's not a luxury car, but rides pretty good."

Carl S., PA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The comfort level of this car is basic. It's fine for driving around town, but I find it to be uncomfortable for long rides. The padding on the seats is thin."

John F., NJ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Comfort is good for an economy car."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Drivers side too firm."

Edward P., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"Excellent value, never a repair, great car"

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Good fuel economy, maneuverable in small parking lots and spaces and a very inexpensive, reliable new car."

Raymond S., NM (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"A great car for a reasonable price with excellent reliability."

Paul E., NJ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Awesome car, great value, unbelievable reliability"

Doyle R., FL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Price is reasonable and very good gas mileage."

Anonymous, IL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"It always "works." Reliability, mpg are excellent."

Anonymous, MI (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Dependable, good mileage auto"

Anonymous, FL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Good gas mileage"

Eugene F., VA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The value of this car is outstanding. The cost was reasonable, the quality outstanding and reliability unsurpassed. What a great deal."

Robert H., GA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Great mileage. Used to drive 60+ miles a day with around 34 MPG. Stopped working so now mostly in town driving but I still get over 30 MPG"

Anonymous, OR (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"It needs more handling and power, better seats and looks."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"For what difference it may make, we bought the car in Oct. 2012 but, in fact, it is a 2013. Hope I haven't caused a big problem."

Rick K., ON (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Relatively inexpensive maintenance and few breakdowns."

Burt K., TX (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Solid transportation- reliable and economical."

M W., NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"This is our third Toyota and we are very impressed with the quality. Owned this Corolla for 6 years and other than normal maintenance have had NO issues."

Michael W., FL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Excellent value; great compact, reliable car with great mileage. I hope to keep it for another 6 years at least."

Anonymous, MD (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Good value: $16,000 for basic car with stick shift."

Bruce A., NH (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"This was chosen because it was relatively cheap to purchase, inexpensive to maintain, and has decent fuel economy. It's a boring appliance to drive and generic to look at but the loan is paid off and hopefully remains trouble-free for another 6 years (or more)."

Michael C., MB (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Quality of interior materials is very poor compared to the 12 Toyotas I have owned in my lifetime. Seat covers look flimsy. Seats are uncomfortable. Lack of integrity in the driver doorpost panel, which was finally replaced. Panel under glove box constantly falls down"

CHRISTINE L., CO (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"It is a GOOD car... a good buy!"

DAVID B., NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Good price, good car, just regular maintenance, very little at that."

SUSAN H., FL (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Both cars are great. The avalon has a defective driving column. It collapses without warning and has been reported but no results. It should have been recalled. Ya driving 60 mph and with out warning it just drops down from comfortable position and physically drops down to your knees"

Anonymous, NV (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"M<y 4th Corolla, no problems of any kind,"

Anonymous, ME (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Just overall great value for the price."

Anonymous, NY (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Good value car, hold up really well. Needs a little more features inside but overall good"

JIM W., CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"I have owned a number of Corollas beginning in 1971 and felt then and still feel today that this particular brand and model is the best value in terms of size, comfort, features, including up to date safety features, and initial purchase & operating costs, as well as durability, reliability and longevity. When you have all that style is unimportant."

WILLIAM A., IA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"I don't like to dicker with pricing. I had a referral from AAA with a price that was acceptable and also used Consumer Reports pricing which was less than AAA. I found the cost when presented was $500 less than both AAA and CR quotes. Very pleased to say the least. In less than 1 1/2 hours after arriving at the dealership I was driving the Corolla home. I also tested other makes."

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"We got this car for the economy and the reliability. It has been exceptional in all areas."

JOHN J., WI (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"its better than any america car i ever had america cars are all crap america car manufactures should be all fired and thrown out of this county i had to bail.them out with my taxes dollars i see they still sell bad cars"

JOHN K., VA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"No mechanical issues even with the High mikeage"

Anonymous, CA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Very reliable. Good looks. Easy to park. Resale value will be good. Gas mileage is around 30 mpg."

Anonymous, OH (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"With a manual transmission, the fuel economy is outstanding."

Anonymous, CO (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"reasonable price; good transportation for this class of car"

Anonymous, AZ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"The initial and long term cost for the quality is one of the best buys on the market."

Beau B., WI (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"It's a very good car but lacks styling and cheap materials inside don't help either."

Anonymous, QC (2012 Toyota Corolla)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Really like the overall style, especially the front styling of headlights and front fender design."

ROBERT S., ME (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"Acceptable without being striking. Good paint."

PATRICK H., AZ (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"I am not short, but I still find it disconcerting that I cannot see the outlines of the front and sides of the car's hood."

Anonymous, GA (2012 Toyota Corolla)

"i really like the style of the 2012 Corolla , better than the 2013."

Anonymous, MN (2012 Toyota Corolla)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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