2012 Toyota Corolla

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Toyota Corolla. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    132-hp, 1.8-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    5-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

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

The Bad

  • Numb steering
  • Mushy brakes
  • Tight backseat
  • Coarse engine

Notable Features of the 2012 Toyota Corolla

  • 1.8-liter four-cylinder
  • Manual or automatic
  • Available iPod connectivity

2012 Toyota Corolla Overview

By Cars.com Editors
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

 


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.1)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.3)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Yes is like a car I use to own, because its perfec

by Robert S. Zebedayo from Cambridge, MA on August 22, 2018

What I think of this vehicle, it was waiting for me to come glab it because to find a car that you like and has all you need is hard. Read full review

(5.0)

Looks like most car I owned

by Robert S. Zebedayo from Cambridge, MA on August 22, 2018

This car meets all the needs I want a car to have it , because when I drove by testing it everything was perfect. No complain s Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Toyota Corolla currently has 2 recalls

IIHS 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.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    24 months / 25,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Toyota

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, Carfax vehicle history report, travel protection and toll-free assistance line

  • Limited Warranty

    1 year / 12,000 miles

    Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase. Powertrain: 7 years/100,000 miles from original in-service date ($50 deductible) Note: In AL, FL, GA, NC and SC, 7-year/100,000 mile limited warranty coverage begins Jan. 1 of the vehicle's model year and zero (0) odometer miles and expires at the earlier of seven years or 100,000 odometer miles. Hybrid: 8-year/100,000 mile warranty on Factory HV Battery for Toyota Hybrid Vehicles.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 85,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 160 point inspection and reconditioning.

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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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