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2012 Toyota Corolla

$6,285 — $13,753 USED
Sedan
5 Seats
30 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Good visibility
  • Sensibly arranged controls
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat

The Bad

  • Numb steering
  • Mushy brakes
  • Tight backseat
  • Coarse engine
2012 Toyota Corolla exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2012 Toyota Corolla
  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available iPod connectivity

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Corolla sedan is Toyota's entrant in the compact-car segment. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Honda Civic.

New for 2012
Available features include steering-wheel audio controls for the LE trim level as well as a CD stereo with satellite radio, an MP3 jack, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio. Base Corollas add power locks with remote keyless entry, and power windows.

Exterior
With a horizontally split grille and broad front air dam, the Corolla looks a bit like the prior-generation Mazda6. In back, a chrome strip joins the taillights. The S trim adds ground effects, fog lights, a rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels. Exterior features include:

  • Fifteen- or 16-inch wheels
  • Power mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Optional moonroof

Interior
The Corolla has room for five people with its front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench. A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Fabric upholstery
  • S trim has unique steering wheel, gauges and sport seats

Under the Hood
The Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that pairs with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Front disc and rear drum brakes are standard across the board. Mechanical features include:

  • 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 128 pounds-feet of torque
  • Engine uses regular gas...
Vehicle Overview

The five-seat Corolla sedan is Toyota's entrant in the compact-car segment. Competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Mazda3 and Honda Civic.

New for 2012
Available features include steering-wheel audio controls for the LE trim level as well as a CD stereo with satellite radio, an MP3 jack, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth streaming audio. Base Corollas add power locks with remote keyless entry, and power windows.

Exterior
With a horizontally split grille and broad front air dam, the Corolla looks a bit like the prior-generation Mazda6. In back, a chrome strip joins the taillights. The S trim adds ground effects, fog lights, a rear spoiler and 16-inch alloy wheels. Exterior features include:

  • Fifteen- or 16-inch wheels
  • Power mirrors
  • Daytime running lights
  • Optional moonroof

Interior
The Corolla has room for five people with its front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench. A 60/40-split folding backseat is standard. Interior features include:

  • Standard air conditioning
  • Standard tilt/telescoping steering wheel
  • Standard CD stereo with MP3 jack
  • Fabric upholstery
  • S trim has unique steering wheel, gauges and sport seats

Under the Hood
The Corolla is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that pairs with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Front disc and rear drum brakes are standard across the board. Mechanical features include:

  • 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder with 128 pounds-feet of torque
  • Engine uses regular gas

Safety
All Corollas come with an electronic stability system and traction control. Additional standard safety features include:

  • Front side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Antilock brakes

 

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.5
83 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(2.0)

Not all Toyota cars are dependable

by Indy77 from Seattle, WA on October 22, 2018

Overall, this car feels light and handles poorly on corners. Yet, it is roomy, quiet and comfortable for its class. I traded it in after having issues with the rpm drop. I bought this car new and had ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car!

by Taylorpageb from Covington on October 20, 2018

I had the money to but a new car and I?m glad I bought this one! It?s been nothing but reliable and good since I bought it! Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2012 Toyota Corolla currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2012 Toyota Corolla L

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
acceptable
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Toyota

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    7 years/less than 85,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12, 000 miles

  • Powertrain

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    160- or 174-point inspections

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Corolla received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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