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2012 Toyota Corolla - Review


out of 10

There's not a lot to say about the 2012 Toyota Corolla that you won't know already--it's a perfectly respectable compact four-door sedan, rivaling cars like the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, and Volkswagen Jetta, but without any of their style or interest-grabbing features.

Despite its lack of style, flair, an excitement, it was the highest-selling compact in the U.S. for 2011, so perhaps excitement is overrated. It offers a wide array of features among multiple models, but its gas mileage is no better than average. Still, apparently, hundreds of thousands of buyers a year are quite happy to settle for that.

On the plus side, you won't have the agony of choosing between engines. There's just the one available, a 132-horsepower, 1.8-liter four with the option of a five-speed manual or an archaic four-speed automatic transmission. While power is adequate, response is sluggish at highway speeds compared to more modern rivals like the Focus, Cruze, or Hyundai Elantra.


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