2013 Toyota Corolla L Manual Sedan FWD 

  • $16k
  • 1.8L
  • 27 city 34 hwy
8.5 Out of 10
The way the Corolla's steering and suspension are tuned also suits more relaxed driving; it's quite softly sprung, and the Corolla lacks the handling and ride sophistication that many rivals now have.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
And even with last-minute substitution of a new grille design for 2013 (the Corolla is going to be all-new next year), there's very little visual excitement outside or in.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

RideNerd Review Our evaluation of the Toyota Corolla


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Reviews Word on the street for the Toyota Corolla

The five-speed manual is pleasant to use, on the other hand, and helps extract the most from the engine.

The 1.8-liter four-cylinder compares to competitors' base engines, but the Corolla's automatic transmission is a four-speed when five- and six-speeds are now the norm.

Transmission choices are a 5-speed manual or old-tech 4-speed automatic.


7.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


Whether it has a manual or automatic transmission, the Corolla gets 34 mpg highway, according to the EPA, with city ratings of 26 or 27 mpg.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
The lone engine fitted to the 2013 Corolla is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder good for 132 horsepower.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
The 2014 Corolla will replace the four-speed with a CVT.
by cars.com (Jun, 2013)


While the 2013 Toyota Corolla sedan's interior is highly functional and very roomy, it falls far short of the styling and color offerings of some if its less-conservative competitors.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
The controls are very clear and easy to use, but when you turn the leftmost knob, you can feel and hear mechanical louvers operating within the dashboard.
by cars.com (Jun, 2013)
And S doesn't offer performance that's much sportier, it gets stitched seat accents on sport seats, fog lamps, alloy wheels, a spoiler, additional body cladding, and a sport gauge cluster.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


TILT/TELESCOPIC STEERING WHEELThis much-appreciated standard feature helps drivers of all sizes find a comfortable position.
by KBB (Apr, 2013)
While all the cars in this class have folding backseats, the Civic has a standard one-piece bench unless you upgrade to a high trim level.
by cars.com (Jun, 2013)
While the Corolla's ride quality isn't refined, I found it softer than the 2013 Civic's, even with our test Corolla's optional wheels from Toyota Racing Development, which at 18 inches provide less bump absorption than the standard 15- or 16-inch wheels (depending on trim level) or the optional 17-inch alloy wheels.
by cars.com (Jun, 2013)


Even if the Corolla's 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine looks up to snuff on a spec panel, it feels a bit short on power on the highway-particularly with the four-speed automatic, which has widely spaced gears and hesitant responses that can together add drama to highway passes.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
The only blemishes we see are the lack of detailing, the subpar look and feel of some of the materials, and a little more engine noise than is typical.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
Once upon a time the Corolla was at the head of the compact class in powertrain refinement; but today's model has higher-than-expected levels of engine noise, with an especially coarse note when pushed hard.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)


The electric power steering is dull and overly light, and that combined with the suspension makes the Corolla feel out of sorts on a curvy road.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)
The steering is vague and the handling is competent in curves, but not very sporty or agile.
by cars.com (Jun, 2013)
In general, the Corolla is softly sprung and lacking a handling and ride sophistication that many rivals now have.
by The Car Connection (Jul, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Toyota
Body style Sedan
Model year 2013
City range 356 miles
Highway range 448 miles
MSRP $16k
Annual cost $5,075

Manufacturing Emissions

Water per car made 3.5 m³
CO2 per car made 0.46 metric ton

engine & drivetrain

Engine size 1.8L
Air compressor None
Fuel Gas
Cylinders I4
Paddle shifters N/A
Gearing type Traditional
Transmission 5-speed Manual 2WD

suspension, wheels & brakes

Rear suspension Beam
Front brakes 10.71 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 9.02 in Drum
Front wheel width 195 mm
Front wheel diameter 15 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 65

safety features

Active head restraints Yes
  1. Driver
  2. Passenger
  3. Side
  4. Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard
Child door locks Standard
Electronic stability control Standard
Traction control Standard
Rear camera N/A
Rear sensor N/A
Park assist system N/A
Communication system None

physical dimensions

Width 69.4 in
Front track width 60.2 in
Height 57.7 in
Ground clearance 5.8 in
Length 180 in
Wheelbase 102.4 in
Curb weight 2,734 lb
GVWR 3,836 pounds
Tow weight 1,500 pounds
Has a rear spoiler No
Seats 5 seats
Front seat room 51 ft³
Rear seat room 43 ft³


EPA smog score 6
EPA GHG score 8
Carbon monoxide/mile 0.2 g
Combined CO2/mile 307 g
Methane/mile 0 g
NMOG/mile 0.01 g
Nitrogen oxide/mile 0.02 g
Vapor canisters 1
Vapor canister capacity 115 g
Bleed canisters 0
Catalytic converters 2
Stops the engine instead of idling No
Disables engine cylinders under low loads No
Recirculates exhaust gas No
Lifetime CO2 emissions 46 tons

power & handling

Max torque 128 ft-lb @ 4,400 RPM
Max HP 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 20.71 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 35.4 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic
Speakers 4 speakers
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes
Has a subwoofer No
Auxiliary input Yes
AM/FM radio Standard
CD player Standard
CD changer N/A
Satellite radio Optional
Entertainment system N/A


Cruise control N/A
Front A/C Standard
Front passenger A/C N/A
Keyless entry Standard
Keyless ignition N/A
Sun roof N/A
Navigation system N/A
Roof rails N/A
Power locks Standard
Power mirrors Standard
Power outlets Standard
Power steering Standard
Power windows Standard
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