2012 Toyota Corolla S FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 Overview
2012 Toyota Corolla Overview
Toyota has been producing the Corolla for over 40 years. With over 30 million sold due to its reputation as an affordable and dependable car, it has the honor of being ranked the top-selling car of all time. The 2012 Toyota Corolla marks the third year of production for the current generation of the five-passenger compact sedan. While the Toyota Corolla still boasts a high resale value and gas mileage figures, it now looks dated when compared to competitor’s models, which have also surpassed the compact sedan in value for money and fuel efficiency.
New for 2012
The 2012 Toyota Corolla remains unchanged from the 2011 model, for the most part. Minor changes include:
- Additional standard features for all trims such as power accessories for the base model and a new audio system for the higher trim levels
From the outside, the 2012 Toyota Corolla looks like a scaled-down version of the Toyota Camry. Although it features a sporty front grille and swept-back headlights, the 2012 Toyota Corolla models lack personality. From the side, it is unlikely that the Corolla will garner any attention, although the sportier S trim model is slightly better. Unlike other competitors, only 15-inch steel or 16-inch alloy wheels are available, based on the trim that is selected. A rear spoiler and sport body kit give the S a little more to look at compared to the two lower trims.
Interior & Cargo
The 2012 Toyota Corolla comes in three trim levels: the base L trim, the mid-range LE, and the top-of-the-line S trim. While the interior is roomy and functional, it definitely has a somewhat cheap feel to it, due to the hard plastics used and the dull interior design. The choice of colors and style of the instruments and gauges make the interior look dated when compared to those of the Corolla’s main competitors. The front seats are comfortable, and passengers will find that there is plenty of head and legroom. In the rear seats, shoulder and hip room is great, but most passengers will find that headroom and legroom is lacking.
Storage space both within the cabin and in the trunk at the rear is good. There are plenty of storage bins throughout the interior of the sedan, as well as a split glove box and four cup holders. The rear bench seat has 60/40-split functionality so that it can be folded down as needed to increase the already impressive cargo room in the trunk.
The base model of the 2012 Toyota Corolla is equipped with full power accessories as of this model year, along with air conditioning, keyless entry, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, trip computer, and four-speaker audio system as standard. Upgrading to the LE trim includes cruise control, heated mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity, and an upgraded audio system with steering-wheel-mounted controls. Within the S model of the 2012 Toyota Corolla, the upholstery is upgraded, and attractive metallic trim is added throughout the cabin.
Standard safety features for the 2012 Toyota Corolla models include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags.
All models of the 2012 Toyota Corolla are equipped with the same 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that produces 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a five-speed manual transmission as standard, and a four-speed automatic transmission is available. As expected with an engine of this type, its estimated gas mileage is quite impressive. With the manual transmission, the 2012 Toyota Corolla has an estimated fuel economy of 27/34 mpg city/highway. Adding the automatic transmission reduces fuel economy very slightly in the city, to 26/34 mpg city/highway.
Although this is a reliable and efficient engine, its performance can leave drivers wanting more. Acceleration isn’t great, but it offers a smooth and quiet engine, making for a more comfortable ride. Handling of the 2012 Toyota Corolla is unresponsive, which can make drivers feel disconnected from the road and the driving experience. For a small car, it doesn’t feel as sprightly or nimble as many of its competitors, and the efficiency of the engine isn’t as impressive as other sedans in its class.
Key Competitors of the 2012 Toyota Corolla
- Honda Civic
- Mazda Mazda3
- Ford Focus
- Hyundai Elantra
- Chevrolet Cruze
During the year 2011, the Toyota Corolla received a style makeover with interior enhancements, but the 2012 model has given people exactly what they’ve have been asking for (especially concerning the L model). Previously the L model Corolla had manual windows and locks, but in response to customer requests, the L now sports all power windows, locks, side mirrors, and keyless remotes. This is definitely an improvement over manual crank windows.
As for the Toyota Corolla LE, it was given a new set of 16-inch wheels as part of its standard package, along with steering wheel audio controls, USB ports, and the ability to play MP3 and WMA as a standard part of the AM/FM/CD audio system.
The Corolla S package added double stitch accents on the seats as a standard part of the interior, as well as the same updated audio system of the LE.