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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.
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There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA 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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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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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 09 2019
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2014-2016 Toyota 4Runner, 2014-2015 Scion xB, Lexus IS350C, IS250C, 2014 Toyota Sienna, Lexus IS-F, and 2014-2017 Lexus GX460 vehicles sold, or ever registered in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or "Zone A." Toyota is also recalling certain 2011-2013 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Lexus IS250, IS350, 2011-2016 4Runner, 2011-2015 Scion xB, Lexus IS350C, IS250C, 2011-2014 Toyota Sienna, Lexus IS-F, 2011-2017 Lexus GX460, and 2011-2012 Lexus ES350 vehicles ever registered in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia or "Zone B." Toyota is also recalling certain 2010-2013 Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Lexus IS350, 2010-2016 4Runner, 2010-2013 Lexus IS250, 2010-2015 Scion xB, Lexus IS350C, IS250C, 2010-2017 Lexus GX460, 2010-2014 Lexus IS-F, and 2010-2012 Lexus ES350 vehicles ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, used as original equipment or replacement equipment (such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags), that may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners. Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, or replace the air bag assembly. The recall began February 15, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331. Toyota's numbers for this recall are "Zone A" Toyota: G0P, Lexus: GLG; "Zone B" Toyota: G0R, Lexus GLH; "Zone C" Toyota: H0A, and Lexus: HLA.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V005000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1299448
AIR BAGS:PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL
Jan 09 2018
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2013 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Sienna, 4Runner, Lexus IS250, IS350, IS250C, IS350C, IS-F, and GX460 vehicles sold, ever registered, in the states of AL, CA, FL, GA, HI, LA, MS, SC, TX, PR, AS, GU, the MP (Saipan), and the U.S. VI or "Zone A." Toyota is also recalling certain 2010 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Yaris, 4Runner, Lexus IS250, IS350, IS250C, IS350C, ES350, IS-F, GX460, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles sold, ever registered, in the states of AZ, AR, DE, DC, IL, IN, KS, KY, MD, MO, NE, NV, NJ, NM, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, VA, and WV or "Zone B." Toyota is also recalling certain 2009 Scion xB, Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, Yaris, Lexus IS250, IS350, ES350, IS-F, and Pontiac Vibe vehicles ever registered in the states of AK, CO, CT, ID, IA, ME, MA, MI, MN, MT, NH, NY, ND, OR, RI, SD, UT, VT, WA, WI, and WY or "Zone C." These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify the Toyota, Scion and Lexus owners. General Motors will contact the Pontiac owners. Depending on the vehicle model, dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, or replace the air bag assembly. The recall began on January 29, 2018. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-800-331-4331, or Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737. Toyota's numbers for this recall are "Zone A" Toyota: G0P, Lexus: GLG; "Zone B" Toyota: G0R, Lexus GLH; "Zone C" Toyota: H0A, and Lexus: HLA.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V024000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 628018
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE
Jan 16 2013
If the front passenger seat occupant sensing system is out of calibration, the front passenger airbags may not deploy or they may deploy inappropriately for the passenger's size and position. This could increase the risk of personal injury during the event of a vehicle crash necessitating airbag deployment.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain models interspersed through model years 2009 through 2013 as follows: model year 2009-2012 Tacoma, 4Runner, Camry, Camry Hybrid, Prius, and RAV4; model year 2009-2010 Avalon, FJ Cruiser, and Highlander Hybrid; model year 2010-2013 model year Corolla, Sienna and Tundra; model year 2009-2013 Highlander and Venza; model year 2012 Prius V; and model year 2010-2012 Sequoia. During modification by SET to include accessories such as leather seat covers, seat heaters or headrest DVD systems, these vehicles may not have had the passenger seat occupant sensing system calibration tested. Without passing the calibration test, the occupant sensing system may not operate as designed.
What should you do:
Southeast Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will test the sensitivity of the occupant detection sensors, and recalibrate them as necessary. The recall began on March 21, 2013. Owners may contact Southeast Toyota at 1-800-301-6859.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 13V014000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3235
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