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2012 Toyota Corolla S

2012 Toyota Corolla Review

(0 Stars)  An aging champion.

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The Corolla was one of the pioneers of the modern compact-car segment. It proved to American customers--and American carmakers--that a small car need not be an unreliable, unpleasant tin can. It has thus, deservedly, been one of the most popular products in its segment for more than four decades. Unfortunately for Toyota, competitors have taken the Corolla's lessons to heart--many in just the last few years. And so, while the Corolla remains as good as ever, there are now several better, fresher options. The Corolla's 1.8-liter engine, for instance, relies on a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual, whereas the Chevrolet Cruze and the Hyundai Elantra, among others, offer only six-speed transmissions. The interior is logically laid out and fits together well but doesn't come close to the materials quality and pizazz of the new Ford Focus. The Corolla did receive some enhancements last year--namely, restyled front and rear fascias--but it still feels like a considerably older car than the best competitors, because it is. Having noted all its shortcomings, we think that the Corolla is still worthy of consideration, simply because it's so dependable and well rounded. It's also an easy and comfortable car to drive--keeping in mind that it has never been intended for an enthusiast audience.

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2012 Corolla S Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.8L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder VVT-i
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 26 MPG city, 34 MPG highway, 29 MPG combined and 383 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
13.2gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 132 hp @ 6,000 rpm; 128 ft lb of torque @ 4,400 rpm

'12 Toyota S Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
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Vehicle Information Center
  Exterior  
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Rear Spoiler
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
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Premium Interior Trim
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Engine Immobilizer
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Front Fog Lights
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
  Technology  
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Blue Tooth Compatible
  Tires and Wheels  
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Alloy Wheels
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