2013 Toyota Corolla LE Special Edition FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 Overview
2013 Toyota Corolla Overview
The Corolla has enjoyed several years in the limelight since its introduction all the way back in 1966. It became the best-selling car across the world by 1974, and remains one of the worldwide best sellers since then. By 1997, it also became the bestselling nameplate worldwide, edging past the Beetle. Its popularity still makes it one of the top choices for a compact car, but increasing competition has taken its toll. The 2013 Toyota Corolla is not a favorite any longer, even though it has sold more than 33 million in its four decades of existence.
Cars from Hyundai, Ford, and Chevrolet have gained ground over the years and the Corolla has been unable to match step with the competition. As a result, the 2013 Toyota Corolla looks and feels dated and out of touch with the rest of the segment. Still, design and class were not the hallmark of this popular car; it was affordability and dependability. However, the Corolla has also been overtaken in these departments by cars that offer greater value for money and fuel economy. The 2013 Toyota Corolla is still a very dependable vehicle, but it is not alone anymore in this department. Most other competing compact cars offer longer warranties to showcase their reliability.
New for 2012
The 2013 Toyota Corolla receives some minor changes this year that are mentioned below:
- Revised grille design
- Upgraded audio system with a touchscreen display for high-end trims
- New Special Edition version of Corolla S and LE, with extra luxury features inside and unique color schemes outside
- Chrome-accented beltline and grille for the LE
While most other compact cars in the segment have daring and unique exterior styling, the 2013 Toyota Corolla has a bland and conservative look. It does not stand out and lacks the appeal that most other compacts offer. For those who consider looks and exterior styling as major factors for choosing cars, the Corolla would not be the among the top choices.
The 2013 Toyota Corolla is available in five trims- L, LE, LE Special Edition, S, and S Special Edition. The Special Edition models are, of course, limited in numbers and the base-level L has exterior features like 15-inch steel wheels and keyless entry. The LE has 16-inch steel wheels, variable intermittent wipers, and heated outside mirrors. The S adds extra features like fog lights, rear spoiler, and a sporty body kit. The LE and S models offer better wheels and sunroof as options. Other optional exterior elements include automatic headlights and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Interior & Cargo
The 2013 Toyota Corolla is reasonably packed with features like full power accessories, air conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat, and trip computer. Other standard features include a tilting and telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding seat at the rear, and a four-speaker sound system with auxiliary input and CD playback. Some optional features include eight-way power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and automatic climate control. Despite the feature list, the interior of the 2013 Toyota Corolla looks and feels dull.
The blandness of the Corolla’s cabin stands in sharp contrast to the upscale interior design of competitors like the Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus. In other words, functionality trumps from here once again. There are many features and the controls are intuitive and easy to use, but the design is outdated. The seats are comfortable and soft, but they offer little in terms of support. The front seats are spacious enough for even tall passengers and drivers. The rear bench is a little less spacious but is in no way cramped. Trunk space is average with 12.3 cubic feet available, but its width adds to its practicality.
For safety, the 2013 Toyota Corolla has anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, and side curtain and front side airbags as standard. The NHTSA gave the car four out of five stars for frontal impact safety and five stars for side impact safety. The IIHS gave it its highest rating of “Good” in roof strength, side impact, and frontal offset impact tests.
All five trims of the 2013 Toyota Corolla use a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to a standard five-speed, manual gearbox or an optional four-speed automatic transmission. With the automatic shift, the Corolla goes from standstill to 60 miles per hour in around 10.1 seconds, making it one of the slowest cars in its class. The EPA-estimated fuel economy is 27/34 mpg city/highway, which is respectable but low when compared to the new compacts.
The soft suspension setup and effective noise insulation in the cabin make the 2013 Toyota Corolla a good commuter car. However, the soft suspension also results in poor handling. The car does not feel responsive and the overall driving experience is uninvolving. The engine has no pep and delivers linear acceleration, which is expected from cars in this class. Still, it is a refined Toyota engine and runs smoothly.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Toyota Corolla
- Hyundai Elantra
- Ford Focus
- Mazda 3
The 2013 Toyota Corolla has 5 models that range from $20,550 - $20,550. The 2013 Corolla is a sedan with front wheel drive that gets between 26 mpg (city) - 34 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 1.8L I4 engine. The 2013 Toyota Corolla has a seating capacity of 5/5, wheelbase is 102.4 inches, cargo capacity of 12.30 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2013 LE Special Edition FWD 4-Dr Sedan I4 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.