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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 3 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 (sec.) 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.

Read more about extended warranties
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 2013 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

“the front end clips are not holding the front end in place”

Louis L., RI (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“loose front fender”

Mark P., PA (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Plastic strip along each side of the roofline has come loose. Had to reattach using RTV adhesive”

Andrew Q., IN (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The outside material for the Toyota Corolla was made very cheap. The bumpers and fender become loose with a touch on another car. The inside and outside materials were poorly made”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“lower forward part of front fender loose missing a screw or connector”

L T., MA (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Poor quality material for the body of the car. Bumper is plastic, poor quality and it breaks just by someone else bumping your car. Expensive to replace”

Jose R., NJ (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I have consistently had problems with the trunk seal coming loose as well as the bedding material in the trunk. Gluing does not seem to work”

Christopher B., AZ (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Inside wasn't much better either. There are parts that have become very loose too. Underneath the dashboard and part that were glue are no longer attached. Parts were poorly made”

Anonymous, NJ (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“fading”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Both cars have chips where the trunk is emptied. The paint seems very thin”

Adrian P., SC (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Very thin base and a slight brush with a bush leaves a scratch”

Adrian P., SC (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“The paint chipped and peeled off in strips on the two plastic endcaps around the front bumper”

Dennis W., MN (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Front bumper is very susceptible to damage from road debris. It seems that even the smallest rocks or other small debris on the road causes significant dings in the bumper”

Anonymous, NC (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Even Toyota admitted, that the quality is not like their other cars. cleaning a spot showed the metal beneath right away”

Evert B., LA (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Rust

“We have rust spots yet we bought a rust inhibitor”

Kim C., ON (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leaks around the rear strut where it attaches to the body. This causes rust in the interior, including the rear seat belt attachment bolt and the floor in cabin and trunk. Dealer said it wasn't covered under warranty”

Anonymous, NY (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust spots have appeared on the back of the trunk lid”

Rodney L., ON (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 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

CD player

“Will not take a CD. I have tried to force it in and still will not take a CD. This started a year ago. so I do not use the DC player”

Mark R., FL (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“very difficult to see with sun behind driver or in side window, also automatic Night/Day does not work, must manually change day or night”

Michael M., NJ (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Display screen freezes up

“On cold days, entertainment system touch screen and steering wheel controls do not respond to touch or press. As car cabin warms up, controls begin to function properly. Dealer replaced system under warranty”

Susan V., NY (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“have had 2 issues that in very cold winter weather the heater must be turned on for at least 20 minutes to allow screen to work”

Michael M., NJ (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

“just very hard to work with. Screen went dark when you turned on headlights and you then could not see the screen in the day time”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Outdated”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Could not program gps. A new system was replaced”

Anonymous, AZ (2013 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

“It went 1 month without pairing. At times I can't get it to pair so I have to restart the car and then it seems to work”

Anonymous, UT (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Radio tended to go out, power off”

Anonymous, KY (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“See previous comment”

Susan V., NY (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittent shutdown when changing stations”

Steven R., NY (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Speakers

“Stopped working. Needs to be replaced. Probably blown speakers. Not used at loud volume”

Luke G., CA (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Passenger side lower front door speaker has been blown”

Farrell H., FL (2013 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

“Premature wear resulted in damage of rotors. Both parts had to be replaced”

Byron W., NS (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Parking brake

“Associated with last problem. Could not pull brake on”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Premature brake wear

“In less than a year brake pad & rotors were replaced which was not impressive at how fast they went. Read about other people who had similar problems with brakes earlier than expected on a car with not many km”

Anonymous, NB (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I found it surprising that a major 600 can $ break job was required for safety at 42000 know”

Anonymous, QC (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“brakes wear out too fast”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“I had to get my brakes fixed and I think it is too early to have brake malfunction”

Debra R., CA (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rusted very prematurely”

Anonymous, NB (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rotors (front) had to be replaced due to wear”

Byron W., NS (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Squeaking

“Brakes squeal when applied sometimes”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Normal routine brake wear

“Brakes wear out to fast in normal commute traffic”

Anonymous, CA (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 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

Air or water leaks

“Sunroof drain(s) apparently clogged an overflowed, resulting in water on and under the carpets and trunk pads. Delayed detection led to mold. Dealer replaced all carpet and cleaned the car interior, but strong odor remains. We had never checked or cleaned the sunroof drains, and apparently the dealer did not do so during the routine service. So leak may have persisted undetected for some time”

Anonymous, MA (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Weather stripping problem”

Robert F., NY (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Brakes squeal when applied sometimes”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Since I purchased the car, breaks are consistently squeaky, even immediately after replacing brake pads. Also rattling coming from hood latch at highway speeds, and rattling coming from suspension at highway speeds”

Christopher B., AZ (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“There is an occasional rattling noise in the dashboard instrument panel”

Anonymous, MS (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Intermittent headliner rattle”

Bart E., NC (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

“very very loud road and tire noise. So bad I got a new car, not a Toyota. It also so had no power!”

Anonymous, GA (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“This vehicle is EXTREMELY LOUD. Not only with wind noise but road noise. I feel like it is actually affecting my hearing!”

Andrew Q., IN (2013 Toyota Corolla S 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“problem corrected after window adjusted”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Corolla Unsure 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

“Pitted windshield”

Anonymous, VA (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“glove compartment box keeps coming out of its hinges”

David B., TX (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Rust spots have appeared on the back of the trunk lid”

Rodney L., ON (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Seat belts

“The driver's seat belt sticks and is increasingly hard to unbuckle. Sometimes you have to try five or six times. That's a safety issue”

Jeannette B., VA (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 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

Condenser

“Had a leak at neck”

Anonymous, SC (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Water leaks into passenger floor when A/C is on. The drain hose was repaired to drain condensation outside the vehicle”

Anonymous, ON (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

“I had the AC system re-charged and missing refrigerant was reported. This was the first time I've had it re-charged since it was new. It may be that the refrigerant has just dissipated over the last 3 and a half years. I'm no expert so I'm just not sure. A dye was added to the refrigerant so we can find it if the problem persists”

Daniel N., KS (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 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

Headlights

“They are not sensitive to light outside. They are suppose to be automatic. I always have to turn them on. This is a safety issue”

Anonymous, WI (2013 Toyota Corolla Base 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

“Right headlight shorted out and melted reflector”

Ann H., AL (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

“It does not open the driver side but it opens the rest of the doors and trunk”

Anonymous, FL (2013 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“The dash light comes on so I do a scan and they indicate the emission box beside the gas tank near the driver side rear wheel is bad”

Wayne M., WI (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 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

“Discovered by dealership during regular maintenance checkup. Covered by warrenty”

Leonard L., MI (2013 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

“The transmission does not engage when first put into drive or reverse. This happens now when temperature is below 50 degrees. Toyota tech said transmission is sealed with no dipstick. It was low 1 quart, no leaks. Why did the problem just start after”

Anonymous, MD (2013 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“When I took the car in for the 20K oil change/service the service manager told me they found antifreeze leaking from the front of the engine. I had to leave the car for a couple of days. They provided me with a loaner car. To my knowledge they were”

Anonymous, MO (2013 Toyota Corolla S 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.

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

Drive System

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

Exhaust

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

Engine Major

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

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