The 2012 Toyota Corolla ranks 39 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 41 published reviews and test drives of the Toyota Corolla.
Most car reviewers will advise you not to purchase the 2012 Toyota Corolla because nearly every part of it needs a significant update.
Outside, reviewers say the 2012 Corolla is drab, frumpy and lacks pizzazz, especially when it’s stacked against models like the Hyundai Elantra, which has a swoopy, modern design. But reviewers aren’t as peeved with the exterior as they are with the interior.
Inside, the Corolla’s seats are relatively comfortable, but like most small cars, taller adults won’t have much legroom. Tall drivers may find the seating position awkward because it’s difficult to adjust the steering wheel just right even though it tilts and telescopes.
The Toyota Corolla doesn’t have many standard features, but regardless of whether or not you add tech options like Bluetooth and a USB port, reviewers think all Corolla models look identical inside: cheap and boring. On the plus side, they do find that the simple, boring interior makes the controls easy to use.
Some reviewer criticisms extend to the powertrain, which is flagged for its outdated four-speed automatic transmission, underwhelming performance and low fuel economy ratings.
While the 2012 Toyota Corolla’s report card looks pretty grim, several reviewers play devil’s advocate and say the Corolla really isn’t that bad. Although the cabin is cheap and performance is sloppy, the 2012 Corolla is still a decent commuter car. Most competitors are better, though, because they are priced similarly and have more high-tech features than the Corolla.