2012 Toyota Corolla

Rating8.2

Ranked #2 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP 

$16,130 - $18,820

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Key Spec of 2012 Toyota Corolla
fuel economy

27/30/34

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

2012 Toyota Corolla Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 9, 2022

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Reliable and practical as always, the 2012 Toyota Corolla enters the year with minimal feature changes and nothing else. With better infotainment features now offered as standard, the interior of the Corolla is well equipped as any other compact sedan in the segment. Available in over 3 trim configurations, L, LE, and S, the prices for the 2012 Corolla start from an MSRP of $16,130.

Powertrain-wise, the 2012 Toyota Corolla still gets the previously optional 1.8L Inline-4 engine as standard now. The engine is underwhelming in its performance capabilities, but it more than makes up for it on the fuel economy front. Corolla's safety quotient also takes a turn for the better, as it now gets plenty more driver-assistance tech as standard. The best-selling car will continue to have the legendary Toyota quality that owners have counted on for decades.

2012 Toyota Corolla Latest Updates

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ProsConsWhat's New

Spacious cabin

Lethargic acceleration

Keyless entry

The ride is comfortable

Mediocre cabin materials

Power windows

Intuitive user interface and controls

Over All Rating

8.2

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature8.00
Features8.50
Engine and Performance8.00
Fuel Economy8.00
Interior8.50
Exterior8.00
Safety8.10
Competition7.50
Notable Rankings

#2 in Compact Sedan

#3 in Sedan


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Trims

L$16,130 onwards

  • 15-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • AM/FM/Satellite-Prep
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry

LE$17,910 onwards

  • 16-inch steel Wheels
  • Heated mirrors

S$17,990 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Front Fog/driving lights

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2013 Toyota Corolla6

2013 Toyota Corolla Sedan

$8,946
Est. $121/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,891 Below market
RMV: $11,837
El Centro, CA
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2013 Toyota Corolla S

S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

$6,990
Est. $94/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,254 Below market
RMV: $9,244
Saint Louis, MO
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2013 Toyota Corolla6

2013 Toyota Corolla S

S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

$7,950
Est. $107/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,501 Below market
RMV: $10,451
Phoenix, AZ
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2011 Toyota Corolla6
Price Drop, $400
Previous Price: $899508 Jun 2022

2011 Toyota Corolla LE

LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

$8,595
Est. $116/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,679 Below market
RMV: $11,274
Lindenhurst, NY
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2011 Toyota Corolla11
Price Drop, $297
Previous Price: $799716 Jun 2022

2011 Toyota Corolla LE

LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

$7,700
Est. $104/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,349 Below market
RMV: $10,049
Hesston, KS
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2011 Toyota Corolla LE

LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

$6,990
Est. $94/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,121 Below market
RMV: $9,111
Rochester, NY
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Price Drop, $1346
Previous Price: $925525 Jun 2022

2012 Toyota Corolla LE

LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

$7,909
Est. $107/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,378 Below market
RMV: $10,287
Salt Lake City, UT
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2012 Toyota Corolla6

2012 Toyota Corolla S

S 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

$8,999
Est. $122/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,703 Below market
RMV: $11,702
Birmingham, AL
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2011 Toyota Corolla17
Price Drop, $300
Previous Price: $769517 Jun 2022

2011 Toyota Corolla LE

LE 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 4A)

$7,395
Est. $100/mo
Excellent Deal
$2,180 Below market
RMV: $9,575
Manassas, VA
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Colors and Styles

2012 Toyota Corolla in Black Sand Pearl color
Black Sand Pearl

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2012 Toyota Corolla delivers reliability, efficiency, and great value. Its high-quality interior provides quiet and refined performance, while you'll appreciate the sharp exterior styling and ample interior space for everyday use. The 2012 Toyota Corolla offers many advanced technologies while keeping the driver in mind. It faces stiff competition from other sedans like the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, and Chevrolet Cruze.


Features
8.5/10

In 2012, Toyota offered three trim levels of the Corolla, including L, LE and S. Standard features include air-conditioning, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a height-adjustable driver seat, 15-inch steel wheels, full power accessories, keyless entry, a 60/40-split-folding rear seat, trip computer and a four-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. A sunroof with an overhead console with map lamps and a sunglasses holder is available on the LE and S. Satellite radio and Bluetooth streaming audio are also available, as well as a touchscreen navigation system with voice control.

Trim

L

LE

S

MSRP 

$16,130

$17,910

$18,500

Key Features

15-inch steel wheels

Adds/upgrades the features of L trim

Adds/upgrades the features of LE trim

 

Keyless entry

16-inch alloy wheels

Sport-look body kit

 

Full power accessories

Variable intermittent wipers

Fog lights

 

Air-conditioning

Heated mirrors

Rear spoiler

 

Height-adjustable driver seat

Cruise control

Metallic interior trim

 

Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Steering-wheel audio controls

Upgraded cloth upholstery

 

Four-speaker sound system with a CD player

Six-speaker stereo with iPod connectivity

 

We Recommend

In terms of price, the base L trim is a great purchase, but we would strongly recommend the LE trim, which includes much more features such as cruise control, intermittent wipers, steering wheel audio controls, and a superior 6-speaker audio system. With all of this, the unit is priced at $17,910 and is considerably more affordable than its competitors.

Engine and Performance
8.0/10

There's one engine in all 2012 Toyota Corolla lineup - an inline-4 rated at 132 horsepower and 128 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual is standard, while an automatic is optional. The power is directed to the front wheels only in both cases.

The engine's pace is very slow, taking the 2012 Corolla 9.9 seconds to sprint 0-60 mph, and 17.4 seconds to complete the quarter-mile. It's a good ride for commuting daily but isn't appealing if you seek thrills or rapid overtaking action. 

Model

2012 Toyota Corolla

2012 Kia Forte

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Honda Civic

MSRP

$16,130

$15,200

$16,800

$16,745

Engine

1.8L inline-4

2.0L inline-4

1.8L inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

4-speed automatic

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power

132 hp @ 6,000 RPM

156 hp @ 6,200 RPM

138 hp @ 6,300 RPM

140 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque

128 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

144 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

125 lb-ft @ 3,800 RPM

128 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.9

8.1

9.5

8.5

Quarter mile (seconds)

17.4

16.2

17.4

16.8

Top speed (MPH)

130

132

126

127

All the cars here have an inline-4 under their hoods that produce ample power to go through the city without any hiccups; of which the Kia Forte takes the lead as the most powerful one. All the cars have front-wheel drive as standard, while no other powertrain is available. In terms of acceleration, the Forte takes the lead in both the quarter-mile and the 60MPH run while the other cars lag behind - the Corolla more so due to the lower power output.

Fuel Economy
8.0/10

Toyota's 1.8L engine delivers amazing fuel economy in the 2012 Corolla. The EPA estimates the 2012 Corolla's fuel economy at 26 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, and 29 MPG combined with the automatic, and 27 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, and 30 MPG combined with the manual. Furthermore, it has a 13.2 gallon fuel tank capacity, which provides a maximum driving range of 449 miles. 

Model

2012 Toyota Corolla

2012 Kia Forte

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Honda Civic

MPG (city)

26

26

25

28

MPG (Highway)

34

36

36

36

MPG (Combined)

29

29

29

31

Fuel Capacity

13.2 

13.7 

15.6 

13.2

Range (City/hwy)

343/448

356/493

390/561

370/475

The Corolla’s engine remains one of the more fuel-efficient ones with an EPA rating very close to that of the Forte. The latter also benefits from a larger fuel tank that aids in the range as well. When it comes to long-distance driving, the Cruze takes the lead and posts the highest range kudos to the biggest tank in the segment.

Interior
8.5/10

The 2012 Toyota Corolla takes a streamlined approach to small-car styling, with an ordinary sharp angle to be found. This is an effect that makes the Corolla less distinctive than some of its competitors, but it's really not meant to go head-to-head with the world's sportiest compact cars. It's a practical alternative for drivers looking for comfort, reliability, and value in their next used car.

The 2012 Toyota Corolla is a compact sedan with the sporty feel of a coupe. Whether you're commuting to work, taking an extended road trip, or hitting the neighborhood block party, you'll have plenty of room for passengers and cargo on your drive. The 2012 Corolla is surprising in its spaciousness and comfort. The legroom in the front and rear seats is ample for long-limbed adults.

Model

2012 Toyota Corolla

2012 Kia Forte

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Honda Civic

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.8/54.8/41.7

40/55.7/43.3

39.3/54.8/42.3

39.0/56.6/42.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.2/54.7/36.3

37.6/54.7/35

37.9/53.9/35.4

37.1/53.3/36.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.3 

14.7 

15.4 

12.5

In comparison, all the aforementioned sedans can seat 5 people too. The Cruze offers the largest cargo space in this segment at 15.4 cubic feet, while the Forte offers 14.7 cubic feet. In terms of rear row headroom, all vehicles offer similar space. That said, the Corolla’s cabin is marginally better than the others due to the intuitiveness and simplicity being put into the design which is highlighted by:

  • Air conditioning
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Steering-wheel audio controls 

How intuitive is the 2012 Toyota Corolla’s infotainment unit?

A number of standard features are included in the 2012 Toyota Corolla's infotainment system such as the CD player, three-speaker audio system, and an auxiliary audio connection. Bluetooth connectivity, a steering wheel audio control, and 6-speaker audio are all standard equipment on the higher trim levels. It's audio and information features are easy to use, while Bluetooth wireless connectivity helps keep you in touch with your favorite music and friends.

Exterior
8.0/10

The 2012 Toyota Corolla sedan turns simplicity into a stylish statement. With its bold lines, sculpted details, and the C-pillar's wrap-around design, it is as graceful as it is functional. The exterior styling is further enhanced with new body-colored door handles for even better aerodynamics.

The 2012 Toyota Corolla has great lines with a compact sporty look. The Corolla's exterior and interior styling is fresh, modern, and sophisticated. The car's exterior has new chrome headlamp bezels and fog lamp ornaments. It is equipped with a sleeker and more aerodynamic grille, fog lights with chrome trim surrounding the headlight housings improve visibility in foggy conditions or at nighttime. 

Model

2012 Toyota Corolla

2012 Kia Forte

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Honda Civic

Curb Weight (lbs)

2800 lbs.

2729 lbs.

3093 lbs.

2,608

Length (in.)

179 in.

178 in.

181 in.

177.3

Width (in.)

69 in.

70 in.

71 in.

69.0

Height (in.)

58 in.

58 in.

58 in.

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

6

6

7

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

102 in.

104.3 in.

105.7 in.

105.1

The 2012 Toyota Corolla competes in a white-hot segment that showcases sleek and extravagantly styled sedans that wear carefully crafted aesthetics to glide smoothly through any condition. Even though the Cruze might be the bulkiest sedan here, the Corolla offers a well-balanced design that has stood the test of time.

 Few major exterior features include-

  • 15/16-inch steel wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Variable intermittent wipers
  • Fog Lights
  • Sport-look body kit
  • Rear spoiler
Safety
8.1/10

There's no doubt that Toyota is well-known for making reliable, safe vehicles, and their 2012 Corolla will not disappoint. The NHTSA awarded the 2012 Toyota Corolla an overall safety rating of four stars, including four stars for frontal-impact safety and five stars for side-impact safety. In the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Toyota Corolla garnered top marks for frontal offset, side, and roof strength.

Other salient safety features include:

  • Stability control 
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock disc brakes
  • Front side airbags 
  • Side curtain airbags
Final Verdict

Whether you are buying a Toyota Corolla for the family or as a second car, there is very little to be concerned about. The 2012 Toyota Corolla is quiet and comfortable inside, built on a rock-solid chassis, and comes with very good fuel economy in every conceivable situation. The Corolla is a comfortable car, easy to drive, and doesn't cost much to operate, especially when you consider all of the included features. It doesn't get a lot of attention for being eye-catching or entertaining, but it's perfectly adept at getting you where you need to go.

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$18820

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

110 cu in

horse power

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

128 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

4-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

179 in

wheelbase

102 in

width

69 in

curb weight

2800 lbs

Height

58 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

92.1 cu ft

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

26/29/34 mpg

highway range

448.80 mi

warranty
basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.


Toyota Corolla 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$22,666
5 Year Cost To Own
$35,849
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $35,849
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$5,262$1,034$982$1,227$1,171$9,676
Insurance$1,377$1,378$1,413$1,549$1,560$7,277
Fuel$1,463$1,446$1,497$1,585$1,582$7,573
Maintenance$47$580$442$1,129$1,810$4,008
Repairs$36$-36$65$285$350$700
Financing Interest$1,422$1,124$814$517$163$4,040
Taxes and Fees$1,969$193$114$135$164$2,575
Total Cost-To-Own$11,576$5,719$5,327$6,427$6,800$35,849
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