2013 Toyota Corolla User Reviews
S Special Edition 4-Spd AT shown
- $16,230 - $20,550
- No trim specified for this review
- Very reliable, fuel economy great, can go miles upon miles, sporty body, folding mirrors
- Unbelievably uncomfortable, steering wheel unadjustable, car only for short/smaller people
Purchased As New
We got this car after having to return our Camry. We could not change to another dealer as we went over-limit on the mileage and so we had to get another Toyota; otherwise, we were going to pay a lot. So, we had no choice, but went with the Corolla over the other cars in the price range. The Camry we had huge problems with the oil consumption before returning it.
We went with what they had inside the dealer, which was a red S trim, as it looked much nicer than the other trims and was the only S left as well.
We reached an agreement and went home with it. From there on, we started to notice how uncomfortable it was! For a person as big as me, it felt like I was scrunched up inside a box and could not move anywhere. You couldn't adjust the seats at all and only call pull it front and backwards, and the back seat to a minimum. It did not go far enough so that I was able to fit inside. My knees were at an angle and I was struggling to steer the bloody thing. I am 2 meters and weigh 73kg, so I am not a huge guy or anything like that. My mom tried it out and for her, she said it wasn't as bad, but the seats made her butt feel numb at times. Luckily, the car was for her and so she could manage. Since the seat could not adjust vertically, she was a bit lower from the dashboard.
The best part of the car is the fuel economy and how far you can go! Must say that is what is great of this car. Gas is only filled once a week and the car is driven around 60 miles per day. What a blessing for that. You can also count on this car, unlike the horrible Camry. No problems with the oil, engine, or anything like that.
The S trim at least, does feel like a sport car. When you start the engine, it revs up like how my Porsche does and rips the gear to the max and back. Really cool feature on the S, as this usually is only seen on very expensive full sport cars. If you can get the stick, I would recommended over the 4 auto as then, you can get the sport feeling (but with the comfort, you might be better off not getting a manual!).
2013's dashboard is a bit out-dated, and more behind other 2013's manufactures. It could be that I just got the basic one, but the S is the highest trim, so not really sure about that. Looks like it is a much older car than the supposed 2013 year. It is not a bother and does not really matter toward the car's value and performance, so it isn't a con. It can be for others so if you like interior style, then this Corolla is not for you.
Basically, this car's full con is the comfort as everything else is decent enough for the price of the car. So, if you are looking for a Corolla, I would wait for the new 2014 one, rather getting one of these. The 2014 looks like they have improved a lot on the interior. Overall, I would prefer a Honda or Nissan over Toyota.
TL;DR - If you are a tall person, stay away from this car. This car is meant for the smaller crowd.
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