2013 Toyota Corolla

MSRP $16,230 - $20,550

Ranked #1 in Sedan

8.3

Overall Rating

2013 Toyota Corolla Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 31, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2013 Toyota Corolla is offered at a much lower price compared to the competitors and comes with some important changes for 2013. The front end features a redesigned grille that now looks sharper and sleeker compared to the more bold and thick one which was there in the 2012 model. Also, two Special Edition models are offered, one each with the LE and S trims for this year. Let’s see if the 2013 Corolla can match the higher-priced rivals in this segment. 

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Pros

Great ride quality

Silent Cabin

Cons

Lower quality interior

Slower than rivals

Not-so-good fuel economy

What's New?

Redesigned grille

A new touchscreen infotainment unit

New Special Edition models


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16230

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

128 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

5 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

180 in.

width

69.4 in.

height

57.7 in.

curb weight

2734 lbs.

ground clearance

5.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

92.1 cu ft.

cargo volume

12.3 cu ft.

towing capacity

1500 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/30/34 mpg

highway range

448.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

L$16,230 onwards

LE$18,180 onwards

S$18,230 onwards

LE Special Edition$20,550 onwards

Colors and Styles

2013 Toyota Corolla in Alien Green color
Alien Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

8.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

8.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


The engine under the hood is 1.8 L Inline-4 which is the only option and there are manual and automatic transmission options available to choose from. The Toyota Corolla comes in three main trims and two sub-trims starting at $16,230 and goes up to more than $19,060 for the top-end trim. This shows that the 2013 Corolla has been very aggressively priced. The 2013 Corolla sedan competes with the Subaru Impreza, Chevrolet Cruze, and the Honda Civic.


9.0/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2013 Toyota Corolla Features

9.0/10

The 2013 Toyota Corolla sedan is offered in three main trims which are L, LE, and S. The LE and S trims are also offered in Special Edition sub-trims. These Special Editions come with a unique exterior color theme along with some special exterior touches and some added features. The LE and S trims are also offered with a Premium Package which comes with larger 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, and some interior features. All models are powered by the same 1.8 L Inline-4 engine with two transmission choices available. The following table shows the detailed list of features and pricing of the main trims-

Trim

L

LE

S

MSRP

$16,230 (Manual)

$17,060 (Automatic)

$18,180 (Automatic)

$20,550 (Auto - Special Edition)

$18,230 (Manual)

$19,060 (Automatic)

$20,550 (Auto - Special Edition)

Key Features

Air conditioning with air filter

Available Automatic climate control

Color-keyed front and rear underbody spoilers, sport side rocker panels, rear spoiler, and a unique S badge

 

AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, four speakers, auxiliary audio jack, and auto sound leveling

Display Audio with 6.1-in. touch-screen, AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability, and six speakers

Multi-reflector halogen headlights with black sport trim

 

Fabric-trimmed front seats; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

Fabric-trimmed front seats; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket

Sport fabric-trimmed front seats; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat; 4-way adjustable front passenger seat

 

15-in. steel wheels with wheel covers

16-in. steel wheels with wheel covers

16-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels

 

Tilt/telescopic steering wheel

Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with metallic accents and audio controls

Tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel with metallic accents and audio controls

 

Multi-Information Display with outside temperature, current/average fuel economy, average speed, and trip distance

Cruise Control

Chrome-tipped exhaust

We Recommend

The LE trim with the Premium Package equipped would be the best choice. The LE trim adds many features over the base trim while being significantly lower priced than the highest-end S trim. The Premium Package adds a 16-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels, a power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade, fabric-trimmed front seats, 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, automatic climate control, and many other features. All of this makes this the ideal choice in the Corolla sedan lineup.

2013 Toyota Corolla Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The engine under the hood of all trims and models of the 2013 Corolla sedan is a 1.8 L Inline-4, putting out 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of maximum power and torque. The standard transmission is a 5-speed manual while a 4-speed automatic is also offered as an option. The engine, as the power figures depict, is weak and underpowered. In fact, it is one of the weakest and slowest cars in this segment.

The 2013 Toyota Corolla sedan takes more than 10 seconds to reach a speed of 60mph and crosses the quarter-mile in 17 seconds. These figures are disappointing as so is the handling of this machine. It is definitely not a joy to drive this Corolla and its competitors are much more engaging. The ride quality is pretty good, but otherwise, the 2013 Toyota Corolla sedan is a total disappointment in the performance game. 

Model

2013 Toyota Corolla Sedan LE

2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS

2013 Honda Civic LX 

MSRP

$18,180

$18,895

$18,225

$18,765

Engine

1.8 L Inline-4

2.0 L Flat-4

1.8 L Inline-4

1.8 L Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

AWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

4-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

6-speed shiftable automatic

5-speed automatic

Power

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

148 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

140 hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

128 ft-lbs. @ 4400 rpm

145 ft-lbs. @ 4200 rpm

125 ft-lbs. @ 3800 rpm

128 ft-lbs. @ 4300 rpm

0-60 MPH (seconds)

10.1

8.7

9.3

9.9

Quarter mile (mph)

17.0

16.4

16.6

17.5

Top speed (mph)

116

120

108

127

The Subaru Impreza is the most powerful option here, and it also is the fastest. The Impreza also comes with the Subaru symmetrical AWD as standard, offering more stability. However, the Impreza is noisy and lacks refinement. When it comes to handling all others except the Corolla handles pretty well and all of them are more engaging to drive. Overall, the 2013 Corolla is a failure in the performance segment, and every other competitor stands above it.

2013 Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The 2013 Corolla Sedan, even with the weaker engine and disappointing performance doesn’t deliver an impressive fuel economy. The Corolla outputs a fuel efficiency of 26 miles in the city, 34 on the highway, and a combined efficiency of 29 mpg. The Corolla has a fuel capacity of 13.2 gallons which is also on the lower side, resulting in a combined range of around 383 miles which is also not that much. 

Model

Toyota Corolla Sedan LE

2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS

2013 Honda Civic LX 

MPG (city)

26

27

22

28

MPG (Highway)

34

36

35

39

MPG (Combined)

29

30

27

32

Fuel Capacity

13.2

14.5

15.6

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

343/449/383

392/522/435

343/546/421

370/515/422

The Honda Civic is the most fuel-efficient car among all these while the Chevy Cruze has the largest fuel capacity. However, the Subaru Impreza can travel the most distance without a refill as it comes with the best mpg and fuel capacity combo. We can see that all three of the competitors have been mentioned here for their excellence in something and Corolla stands alone and disappoints in the fuel economy department also. 

2013 Toyota Corolla Interior

9.0/10

The 2013 Toyota Corolla comes with a low-quality interior that looks outdated. That is pretty much the gist of it. This car is a total failure for 2013 and doesn’t impress in the interior quality either. However, the interior is plenty spacious and offers a lot of room. The cargo capacity offered is also sufficient and the Corolla can take enough luggage with it during long trips. 

The materials and elements on the inside of the cabin are of below-average quality and not nice to look at or to touch and feel. The seats are fabric trimmed in the lower trims and so-called sport fabric trimmed in the highest-end trim. The competitors all seem to be in a segment higher when compared to the interior of the 2013 Corolla. 

Model

Toyota Corolla Sedan LE

2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS

2013 Honda Civic LX 

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

38.8/54.8/41.7

39.8/55.6/43.5

39.3/54.8/42.3

37.9/56.6/42.0

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

37.2/54.7/36.3

37.1/54.2/35.4

37.9/53.9/35.4

36.2/53.3/36.2

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

12.3

12.0

15.0

12.5

The Subaru and the Honda have the best-looking interiors and come with quality materials all around the cabin. All models here come with a spacious interior while the Cruze offers the most cargo capacity. The Impreza and the Civic are also the most comfortable ones while the Cruze lacks seating comfort. Overall the Corolla has the worst interior and the following are some of its most important interior features-

  • Automatic climate control
  • Sport fabric-trimmed front seats; 6-way adjustable driver’s seat 
  • 4-way adjustable front passenger seat
  • Fabric-trimmed 60/40 split fold-down rear seat
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel with metallic accents and audio controls

How intuitive is the 2013 Toyota Corolla Sedan’s infotainment unit?

The 2013 Toyota Corolla sedan comes with a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment unit. The touchscreen is not the best available in the segment, but it does its’s job pretty well. The sound system consists of a 6-speaker setup and is of mediocre quality. Overall it’s fairly basic and there’s nothing to be excited about the infotainment features of the 2013 Corolla. The following are the standout infotainment features- 

  • Display Audio includes 6.1-inch. touch-screen 
  • AM/FM CD player with MP3/WMA playback capability
  • Six speakers
  • Auxiliary audio jack
  • USB port with iPod connectivity and control 
  • Multi-Information Display with outside temperature, current/average fuel economy, average speed, and trip distance

2013 Toyota Corolla Exterior

6.0/10

The 2013 Corolla sedan looks simple and quite good from the outside. The styling and design language are simple and some minor changes have been made to the 2013 iteration of the Corolla. The front grille now has become thinner and looks sleeker and much better than the old model. The exterior has a simple and practical design that doesn’t look flashy or come with any bells or whistles. 

The wheels in the Corolla sedan are 15-inch steel ones in the lower trim and get upgraded to 16-inch ones in the mid-level trims. The highest-end trim could be equipped with 17-inch alloys by option for the Premium exterior package. This package further adds a power moonroof and some other perks and features. The Corolla comes with a 5.8-inch ground clearance which is enough for the city environment.

Model

Toyota Corolla Sedan LE

2013 Subaru Impreza 2.0i 

2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS

2013 Honda Civic LX 

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,800

2,977

3,082

2,815

Length (in.)

180.0

180.3

181.0

179.4

Width (in.)

69.4

68.5

70.7

69.0

Height (in.)

57.7

57.7

58.1

56.5

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.8

5.7

6.4

6.6

Wheelbase (in.)

102.4

104.1

105.7

105.1

The 2013 Subaru Impreza looks the sportiest from the outside and it also actually is the most powerful one. The Cruze also looks pretty good while the Civic and the Corolla look outdated. The Civic however has the most ground clearance followed by the Cruze. The Cruze is the heaviest and that is also by a significant margin as it is the only one that has a curb weight above 3,000 lbs. The following are some of the most important exterior features-

  • 16-in. 5-spoke alloy wheels 
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with sliding sunshade
  • Chrome-tipped exhaust
  • Color-keyed front and rear underbody spoilers, sport side rocker panels, rear spoiler
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlights with black sport trim
  • Chrome rear license plate garnish

2013 Toyota Corolla Safety

8.0/10

The 2013 Toyota Corolla sedan has been crash tested and rated by both NHTSA as well as IIHS and it performed impressively in these tests. NHTSA has given the Corolla a 4-star overall rating and similarly impressive scores under all individual parameters including all 5-star ratings in all side safety tests. IIHS has also awarded the Corolla sedan the Top Safety Pick award which means that this is a super safe sedan. The following are some its standout safety features-

  • Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Traction Control (TRAC)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Smart Stop Technology (SST)
  • Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
  • Front and rear energy-absorbing crumple zones with side-impact door beams 
  • Head-impact protection structure 
  • High-tensile-strength steel body panels 
  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Engine immobilizer

2013 Toyota Corolla Final Verdict

This one is not for you, no matter what your requirement is. The Toyota Corolla sedan is a disappointment in almost all matters except for being a safe car and that it comes with Toyota’s impeccable reliability. It comes with a weak engine and a low power output. Combined with unimpressive handling and a low-quality interior, the Corolla sedan is a total failure. Any other car in the segment would be a better choice compared to this one.

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