When Toyota last redesigned the Corolla it landed right on target, ranking among the top models in its class. The Corolla combines the practicality and frugal fuel economy that compact-sedan buyers want with a roomy interior, upgraded amenities, and a sorely needed shot of style.The Corolla is slightly larger than the old model, which allows for a surprisingly spacious rear seat with ample leg room.
Alerts
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.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2018 Toyota Corolla has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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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 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 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 2018 Toyota Corolla owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"something loose in the dash"

Brent B., FL (2018 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Just a little bit of rattling from the front dash area."

Anonymous, AZ (2018 Toyota Corolla L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Rattle noises from the vents in the dash. Noticed shortly after acquiring (new) car in July 2018. In colder weather, an additional noise occurs - sounds like a tiny ball rolling around inside the instrument panel. Taken for service; they said they insulated behind the dash, but noises still occur. All they need to do is Google on the topic and find out from other Toyota owners this is not a new issue and there are suggested ways of fixing the problem. Fifteen years between my Corolla purchases and the new car is cheaply made."

Anonymous, MD (2018 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"squeak/rattle noise near driver's door when going over bumps"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The interior finish is poor. Some panels have fallen off, there are some rattles."

Anonymous, ON (2018 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Squeak is coming from the back seatback area. Unable to pinpoint where from."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Corolla XSE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"From passenger side at 55+ mph. Dealer service says they don't hear it. They are wrong, again."

Anonymous, MD (2018 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

Alignment

"wore out a set of tires in the first 25000 kms. Have been doing a wheel alignment every 11000 kms since, and it needs adjustments every time. At $165.00 per alignment, and $1000.00 for a set of tires. it gets a bit pricey."

Kevin S., MB (2018 Toyota Corolla SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"The car pulls to the left and makes it an uncomfortable chore to drive. The dealer did an alignment (or so they say) and it helped a little bit (or perhaps I want to believe that) but it still pulls to the left and is still a chore to drive. My last car was an Impala, so perhaps I am expecting too much from this downgrade."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Shocks or struts

"I noticed that when going over potholes, the passenger side made a more audible noise. I took it to the dealer and they determined it was a defective strut and replaced it under warranty."

Ariel R., FL (2018 Toyota Corolla L 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Right rear shock/strut wore out prematurely (only use it as a two person commuter, no rear passengers or cargo). By 40000 km or so, it started knocking. Toyota checked it at 50000, said it was fine. Problem persisted. Asked them to check again at 63000 and they confirmed shock/strut was gone and made me pay for it as warranty was up."

Anonymous, NL (2018 Toyota Corolla SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Tire wear is uneven

"Wore out the rear tires in the first 25000 kms. My dealership did a wheel alignment to fix the problem, but the alignment keeps going out."

Kevin S., MB (2018 Toyota Corolla SE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Gives false positives. Misses cars in blind spot. Warnings by indicator light are poorly visible. Beeps when a car is behind me, which is not a blind spot and which I can plainly see."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Corolla XSE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"On at least 3 occasions it has warned me inappropriately. The first was when I was slowing, and had almost come to a stop because of a traffic light. There was a car in front of me, but I had already applied the brakes, and was slowing. The other two times, there was nothing in front of me."

Pauline H., MD (2018 Toyota Corolla 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"Got rear-ended and airbag light came on & stayed on; no bags inflated; then you had to push the horn very, very hard for it to work."

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota Corolla SE 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

Tire pressure monitor

"When would take the vehicle on long drive the tire pressure monitor would go off. I have checked the tire numerous times and they are all ok."

James B., SK (2018 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Warning lights

"The problem was caused because some rodent chewed some of the wiring harness, so the cruise control didn't work and there was a warning light for something."

Anonymous, CA (2018 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

A/C compressor

"The a/c compressor never worked after I bought the car. I tried to use it several times and it never cooled the car at all. It was finally diagnosed and replaced under warranty in late August, 2019."

Anonymous, KY (2018 Toyota Corolla Unsure 1.8-L 4 Cyl)
Refrigerant leaks

"A hole developed in the aluminum tubing as it was hitting against the car body."

Daniel F., CA (2018 Toyota Corolla LE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint peeled off front bumper"

Anonymous, FL (2018 Toyota Corolla XLE 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

"About a month ago, I noticed little bubbles in the paint & a few had peeled off to reveal the metal underneath. The dealership from which I bought this car is giving me the run around & stalling. I've owned 6 other Corollas & never had a paint problem, especially on a two year old car! And, I've purchased my previous cars from this dealership. I'm very unhappy about this."

Anonymous, (2018 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

Driveshaft or axle

"bent axle was due to being hit in the side from anther vehicle"

Anonymous, IL (2018 Toyota Corolla SE 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

Fuel pump

"There has been a recall of a low pressure fuel pump which may cause the engine to run rough or stall, with the further possibility that the car may not be able to be restarted.. Toyota has issue a recall but has not come up with a fix for the issue yet."

Anonymous, CA (2018 Toyota Corolla LE 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

Radio

"Digital radio tuner sometimes jumps to another station when I turn or hit a bump."

Anonymous, KS (2018 Toyota Corolla L 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.

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

Brakes

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

Transmission Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Minor

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

Engine Cooling

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

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS: AIR BAG/RESTRAINT CONTROL MODULE
Jan 17 2020
In the event of a crash, air bags and/or seat belt pretensioners that do not deploy as intended may increase the risk of injury.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) is recalling certain 2011-2019 Corolla, 2011-2013 Matrix, 2012-2018 Avalon, and 2013-2018 Avalon Hybrid vehicles. During certain crashes, the air bag electronic control unit (ECU) may malfunction, possibly disabling the deployment of the air bags and/or seat belt pretensioners.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ECU and install a noise filter between the air bag control module and its wire harness, as necessary, free of charge. Owners were notified of the safety risk beginning March 2, 2020. A second letter notifying owners of the remedy repair will be mailed between March 16, 2020 and June 27, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB03, 20TA03 and 20TA05.
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: 20V024000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2891976
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Jan 13 2020
If the fuel pump fails, the engine can stall while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (Toyota) recalled certain 2018-2019 4Runner, Highlander, Camry, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma and Tundra, and Lexus RC 300, RC 350, GS 350, GX 460, IS 300, LC 500, LS 500, LX 570, RX 350L, and 2019 Toyota Avalon and Corolla, and certain Lexus NX 300, and ES 350 vehicles on January 13, 2020. On March 4, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include certain 2014-2015 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser, 2018 Avalon, Corolla, 2014 FJ Cruiser, 2017 Sienna and Lexus 2018 ES 350, 2018-2019 GS 300, 2013-2014 GS350, 2014-2015 GX 460, IS 350 and LX 570, 2014 IS F, 2018-2019 IS 350, LC 500H and LS 500H, 2013-2015 LS 460, 2015 NX 200T and RC350, 2017 RC 200T and RX 350. Toyota also removed the 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runner and Land Cruiser and 2018-2019 Lexus GX 460 and LX 570 and 2019 NX300 from inclusion in this recall. On March 19, 2020, Toyota expanded the recall to include 2015 Lexus GS350 vehicles. The low-pressure fuel pump inside the fuel tank may fail.
What should you do:
Toyota will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump, free of charge. The recall began May 4, 2020. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371 or Lexus customer service at 1-800-255-3987. Toyota's numbers for this recall are 20TB02 and 20TA02 for Toyota vehicles and 20LB01 and 20LA01 for Lexus vehicles.
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: 20V012000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1830752
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Jun 28 2019
An incorrect label may lead to unintentionally overloading the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (SET) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Toyota Camry, Corolla, Rav4, Sienna, and Yaris iA vehicles equipped with factory-installed floor mats. The load carrying capacity modification label may be incorrect. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 110, "Tire Selection and Rims."
What should you do:
SET will notify owners and provide a corrected label for placement over the inaccurate label, free of charge. The recall began August 23, 2019. Owners may contact Toyota customer service at 1-888-270-9371. SET's number for this recall is SET19A.
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: 19V503000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1325
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