2018 Toyota Corolla

MSRP $18,600 - $22,780

Ranked #5 in Sedan

7.8

Overall Rating

2018 Toyota Corolla Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 15, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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A familiar name among the masses, the 2018 Toyota Corolla is back this year, but with minimal changes on the feature front. Pricing of the car is catered more for the budget-minded consumers; where you have to pay a price of MSRP $18,600, wherein not many options are available but somehow you'll get access to some basic standard features such as the new illuminated vanity mirrors, and leather-trimmed steering wheel.

The biggest disappointment here will be the poor driving performance of the car. The power duties of the 2018 Toyota Corolla are taken care of by a 132 hp 1.8-liter I-4 engine. Apart from the sedan version, Toyota also offers a Corolla iM hatchback, which gets a 137 hp 1.8L engine. Even though its fuel economy is par excellence, one might certainly notice the lack in terms of its performance numbers.

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Pros

Gracious trunk space

Impressive fuel efficiency

Practical interior setup

Quite reliable

Cons

No Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

Bland exterior layout

Engine not potent enough

What's New?

SE and XLE trims gets leather-wrapped steering wheel

iIluminated sunvisors


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$18600

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

190 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

132 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

128 lb.-ft. @ 4400 rpm

transmission

continuously variable speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

183.1 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

57.3 in.

curb weight

2840 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.5 cu ft.

cargo volume

13 cu ft.

towing capacity

5100 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

12 sec.

zero to 100 mph

29.7 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

9.9

standing 1/4-mile

17.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/36 mpg

highway range

481.4 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$18,600 onwards

LE$19,035 onwards

LE Eco$19,435 onwards

SE$20,545 onwards

XLE$22,035 onwards

XSE$22,780 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Toyota Corolla in Black Sand Pearl color
Black Sand Pearl

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

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.5

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


Apart from the lagging engine and performance numbers, the 2018 Toyota Corolla is definitely a recipe for success. Having set a loyal fan base, the compact sedan with the basic active safety features, and not so noticeable differences is here to impress, yet again for the year 2018. Moreover, it also comes with competitive lease deals too. Rivals of the same include the Mazda 3, Honda Civic, and the Chevrolet Cruze.

Although, it doesn't compare well with other compact cars, present in the existing list. it is weak in areas which are often overlooked by the buyers, but you will love it, for it is light on your pocket, really reliable and has a spacious interior too. However, having said that, if you aren't into a sporty segment, the 2018 Corolla is the car for you.


8.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.5/10
Safety


2018 Toyota Corolla Features

8.5/10

The 2018 Toyota Corolla is offered in over 6 trim levels, namely L, LE, LE Eco, SE, XSE, and XLE, with prices starting from $18,600 for the base L trim, whereas the topmost XLE trim sets you back by an MSRP of $22,035. Filled up to the brim with features, the premiumness of the same increases as you go up the trim table. For 2018, Toyota also introduces a few other features, such as the leather-wrapped steering wheel for SE and XLE trims, and the illuminated sun visors for all the trims.

Model Corolla L LE LE Eco SE XSE XLE
Price $18,600 $18,035 $19,435 $20,545 $22,780 $22,035
Key Features 15-inch steel wheels 16-inch steel wheels 4-zone automatic climate control 17-inch alloy wheels Keyless entry and ignition 16-inch alloy wheels
  LED headlights, LED daytime running lights Variable intermittent wipers 7-inch touch infotainment system with navigation LED daytime running lights Eight-way power-adjustable seats Led taillights, bumper mounted LED daytime running lights
  A driver information display-k Metallic cabin accents Rear spoiler Steering wheel with paddle shifters(for CVT models) Available sun/moon roof An app-based GPS navigation system
  6.1-inch touch-screen infotainment system 7-inch touch-infotainment system with navigation Moonroof Upgraded infotainment system   Heated front seats

We recommend

Our recommendation out of the 6 trims available will be the LE Eco trim, as for $19,435, this specific trim offers sheer value for a consumer-friendly price tag. Toyota tunes the engine for maximum fuel efficiency rather than impressive performance numbers. Apart from the standard feature list, the LE Eco can also be had with a number of feature packages, that render it full of charachter.

2018 Toyota Corolla Engine and Performance

7.0/10

When you really need power to get moving, the 2017 Corolla can't deliver, but the car's CVT is plenty responsive and smooth the rest of the time." - Motor Trend

2018 Toyota Corolla Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Toyota Corolla's power duties are taken care of by a standard 1.8L Inline-4 unit, which delivers a maximum of 132 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. This when compared to the other rivals in this compact sedan segment, is the least power put down. The same engine is also used in the Toyota Corolla Eco model, but a tuned version, which is able to deliver a maximum of 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.

This is also not enough when put up against the rivals. Toyota clearly focuses a bit more on the fuel-efficiency front rather than on the outright performance front. There is also the Corolla iM hatchback model, which when equipped with the same unit is able to put out slightly lower figures of 137 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque.

Model

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Honda Civic

MSRP $18,600 $17,850 $18,095 $18,840

Engine

1.8L inline-four

1.4L turbocharged 4-cylinder

2.0L inline-four

2.0L inline-four

Transmission

CVT

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

CVT

Power

132 hp @ 6000 RPM

153 hp @ 5600 RPM

155 hp @ 6000 RPM

158 hp @ 6500 RPM

Torque

128 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

177 lb-ft @ 2000 RPM

150 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

138 lb-ft @ 4200 RPM

Only available in an FWD setup, the base Corolla is offered with an option of either a 6-speed manual setup or a CVT unit to put the power down efficiently. Although, the Corolla Eco sedan is only available with a CVT. Now coming onto the competition, despite having a relatively higher capacity engine, the Corolla becomes the least performing car in the group. The lot is aced by Honda Civic with 158 hp, courtesy of its efficient 2.0L engine unit.

2018 Toyota Corolla Acceleration

The 2018 Toyota Corolla can do the 0-60 MPH sprint in just about 9.5 seconds, all the while being able to cover the quarter-mile distance in just 17.4 seconds. This is by far the worst performance in this compact sedan segment. Corolla’s dated engine hinders the overall acceleration of the car. The lack of enough torque and horsepower are the real reasons for Corolla’s underperformance.

Model

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Honda Civic

0-60 mph

9.5

7.6

8.0

8.2

Quarter-mile

17.4

15.9

16.2

16.3

The CVT transmission sparks a poor gear change which ultimately limits the car’s acceleration.  A good old race between the 4 sedans will result in the Corolla struggling to keep up. Other cars like Chevrolet Cruze and Honda civic clearly surpassed the Corolla here.

2018 Toyota Corolla Ride and Handling

There is no reason to complain about the 2018 Toyota Corolla's handling dynamics but no reason to be impressed either. The steering is adequately responsive and ultimately provides decent feedback while taking on turns. Moreover, while taking on corners, adequate body roll is also felt, because of the heft. Being a practical car, the ride is comfortable, with no road noise seeping into the cabin. Compared to the sedan variant, the hatchback aces in this field too, as it gets independent rear suspension for a more comfortable ride. Various other models also get various other wheels. Whereas, the base trims get steel wheels, while the higher trims get 17-inch alloys.

2018 Toyota Corolla Braking

The 2018 Toyota Corolla comes with a rather decent 10.8-inch front brake rotors and 10.2-inch rear brake rotors. With this setup, the Corolla comes to a complete stop from 70 MPH in just 183 ft. Corolla’s braking is satisfying for city driving. The overall feel was smooth, something which was absent in the past Toyota models.

Model

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Honda Civic

Brake Front 10.8" 10.8" 11.02" 11.1"
Brake Rear 10.2" 10.5" 10.43" 10.2"

Distance (70-0 MPH)

183 ft

168 ft

179 ft

180 ft

Curb weight

2840 lbs

2835 lbs

2967 lbs

2751 lbs

It might feel nice and responsive but in terms of outright braking numbers, Corolla is aced by its competitors. Mazda 3 and Chevrolet Cruze were the star performers with their competitive braking performance. 

2018 Toyota Corolla Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2018 Toyota Corolla is able to deliver 27 MPG in the city and 35 miles to the gallon out on the highway. This is with the base engine configuration and the 6-speed manual transmission setup. When coupled to the 13.2-gallon fuel tank, this will allow you to stretch the Corolla for about 475 miles, which also makes it one of the least frugal compact sedans in the segment.

Model

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Honda Civic

MPG (City)

28

29

28

31

MPG (Highway)

36

40

37

40

MPG (Combined) 32 33 31 34
Fuel Capacity 13.2 gallons 13.7 gallons 13.2 gallons 12.4 gallons

The 2018 Corolla Eco is further efficient, with it being rated at 29 MPG in the city and 38 miles to the gallon out on the highway with the 16-inch alloys, whereas when you equip the compact sedan with the 15-inch steel wheels, the sedan delivers 30 and 40 MPG in the city and highway respectively. Then there is the Corolla iM hatchback, which gives 28 and 36 MPG in the city and highway when coupled to its CVT unit.

2018 Toyota Corolla Interior

9.0/10

2018 Toyota Corolla Seating and comfort

This is one area where the 2018 Toyota Corolla seems to perform to its fullest. With the ability to seat in 5 average-sized adults comfortably, the compact best-selling sedan is known for its practical nature and spaciousness. Cloth upholstery is standard in the base trims, whereas leather upholstery is provided as standard in the top-most trims. Toyota for 2018 also offers a leather-wrapped steering wheel for the SE and XLE trims.

The generous cabin space has plenty of rear room for the passengers to be seated in utmost comfort. It's slight fastback design although takes away from the headroom a bit. The front seats come with a 6-way power-adjustable function, whereas the rear seats are offered with 8-way electrically adjustable. The cabin is filled with plastic, although that's what you would expect for a consumer-friendly price of under $19,000.

Model

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Honda Civic

Seating Capacity 5 5 5 5

Head/Shoulder/Leg (front) (in.)

38.3/ 54.8/42.3

38.9/ 54.9/ 42.0

38.6/ 57.2/42.2

39.3/ 57.0/ 42.3

Head/Shoulder/Leg (rear) (in.)

37.1/ 54.8/ 41.4

37.3/ 53.2/ 36.1 37.6/ 54.4/ 35.8 37.1/ 55.0/ 37.4

Some of the interior features on offer are-

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Sunroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way-power-adjustable driver’s seats
  • 3-zone automatic climate controls
  • Heated mirrors
  • Variable intermittent wipers

2018 Toyota Corolla Infotainment system

The 2018 Toyota Corolla gets a 6.1-inch Entune touchscreen infotainment unit. The interface is properly superior and intuitive to use. Adequately responsive in its nature, there is little to complain about Corolla's infotainment system. The buttons too, aid in the overall responsive nature of the infotainment system. On the feature front, Toyota still fails to provide both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard, which is a shame.

Some of the other infotainment features on offer are-

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Sirius XM satellite and a navigation app for smartphone use
  • USB port
  • Six-speaker premium audio system
  • Siri Eyes Free voice control system

2018 Toyota Corolla Cargo space

The 2018 Toyota Corolla has a 13 cu. ft of cargo capacity behind the rear seats. Moreover, you can also fold down the rear seats in a 60/40 manner, and that makes way for even more space. This is enough for fitting an adequate amount of luggage for your usual weekend trips.

Model

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Honda Civic

Cargo Volume

13.0 cu ft

14.8 cu ft

12.4 cu ft

15.1 cu ft

The Toyota Corolla also houses a large trunk opening, which further makes the loading and unloading task even more easier. All these cars in the segment have the same wheelbase dimensions, yet it's the Honda Civic that manages to offer the best in terms of cargo space.

2018 Toyota Corolla Exterior

7.0/10

The 2018 Corolla offers two different exterior designs, reflecting the new model lineup. The L, LE, XLE and LE Eco offer a nose-and-tail treatment that's distinct from the sportier SE and XSE models - KBB

Bland is much more of an acceptable word in this case. The 2018 Toyota Corolla's exterior silhouette is as bad as its performance quotient, which says something about the car, as it is still sold in thousands in the US. Redesigned not so long ago, the 2018 Toyota Corolla still follows the same subdued front end, with the thin grill strip flowing across.

Flowing through the headlights is a subtle character line all the way to the back end. The base trims of the Corolla get 15-inch steel wheels, whereas the higher trims in the lineup get 17-inch wheels. Dimension-wise, the 2018 Corolla fares decently, with a respectable ground clearance, which allows it to wade across small bumps. The 106.3-inch wheelbase also allows the Corolla to have a bigger cabin space.

Models

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

2018 Mazda 3

2018 Honda Civic

Curb Weight 2840 lbs

2835 lbs

2967 lbs

2751 lbs

Length (in.)

183.1

183.7

180.3

182.3

Height (in.)

57.3

57.4

57.3

55.7

Width (in.)

56.8

55.7

57.3 57.4
Ground Clearance (in.)

6.7

5.8

6.1

6.4

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

106.3

106.3 106.3

Some of the exterior features of the 2018 Corolla are-

  • Bi-LED headlamps
  • Multi-LED projectors with LED accent lights
  • 17-inch alloys
  • Rear spoiler
  • Bumper-mounted LED DRLs

2018 Toyota Corolla Safety

8.5/10

Toyota prides itself in delivering some of the safest and reliable vehicles from its lineup. The 2018 Corolla is one such offering. The Toyota Corolla received a 5 on 5-star rating from the NHTSA in the crash-tests conducted, whereas the IIHS body also gave it an overall "Top Safety Pick+" rating for its crashworthiness. Plus, Toyota also equips the Corolla with the latest in terms of active and passive safety features.

Some of those features included in the 2018 Corolla are-

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • LATCH
  • Automatic high beams
  • Automatic Emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection

2018 Toyota Corolla Competition

2018 Toyota Corolla vs 2018 Honda Civic

The two best-selling compact cars in the segment go face-to-face in this comparison. To put it into brutally honest words, the Toyota Corolla is no match for the Honda Civic. One of the best performers in the segment, the Honda Civic, manages to put down a maximum of 158 hp from its 4-cylinder engine in comparison to the 132 hp produced by the Corolla.

The only area, where the Corolla manages to inch past the Civic, is in terms of interior cabin space. This is despite both of them having the same wheelbase. Fuel-efficiency wise too, the Corolla just about inches past the Civic, which is respectable.

2018 Toyota Corolla vs 2018 Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 is one of the best performers in the compact sedan segment and is definitely one of the closest rivals to Corolla. The Toyota Corolla might be the best-seller in the segment, but surprisingly the Mazda 3 beats the Corolla in all of the major areas. Fuel efficiency is the only area, where the Corolla inches past the Mazda.

The Mazda 3 compact sedan certainly wins the compact sedan segment exterior design of the year award, as it's too damn near impressive. Coming on to the interior too, the cabin layout of the Mazda 3 is pretty modern and yet practical at the same time.

2018 Toyota Corolla Final Verdict

The 2018 Toyota Corolla is a family sedan that does its duties well enough for the price it is being offered at. Though there are loads of areas where the Corolla lags, such as in the form of the performance aspect, wherein it is the worst performer of the group or on the design front. The competition fares much better in all the important criteria, that a prospective buyer looks for in this segment. We would suggest you wait for the next redesigned iteration of the Corolla, as this one's hardly any good.

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